PETALING JAYA: Thai veteran Prayad Marksaeng is ready to deliver the knockout punch to his closest rivals after he returned a four-under 67 in the third round of the Panasonic Open Japan.
Despite trailing South Korean leader Hwang Jung-gon by one shot with his three-day total of nine-under 204, the 51-year-old knows he can overcome his one-shot disadvantage with his aggressive style of play.
Jung-gon carded a six-under 65 to take a one shot lead into the final round today on 10-under 203.
Marksaeng, a multiple winner in Japan, is tied for second together with Japanese duo Hiroshi Iwata and Mikumu Horikawa at the Chiba Country Club.
“It’s going to be an interesting battle for me tomorrow. I’m going to fight. I prefer to be trailing the leader as I can be aggressive, which has always been my style,” said Marksaeng.
“I made one bogey on 16 and was happy to finish the last two holes with par as the greens were getting hard to read.”
Jung-gon said: “I came into the week without much expectations but I’m really feeling very confident after today.”