Taipei, April 29: Malaysia’s Gavin Green carded a superb third round 66 to climb into second place in the Yeangder Heritage, putting him in ideal position to claim his first Asian Tour title.
The long-hitting Green birdied all four par-fives and added two more birdies in a blemish-free round to lie on nine-under-par at National Golf Country Club, just one stroke adrift of leader Yikeun Chang of Korea.
“I hit it pretty solid and gave myself a lot of birdie looks. I made some mistakes but covered up well. I putted solid and had looks for eagles on two par-fives. It was solid all around,” said Green, 23.
“My putts didn’t drop the first two days and the conditions were easier today. You know where the wind was coming from today and that helped. I knew it was going to be a driver everywhere when I saw the weather! I knew I was going to be more aggressive. I started off with a birdie which is always nice,” added the Malaysian No 1.
Green noted that he would need to go low to stand a chance of winning with no less than nine players within three shots of the lead.
“There are so many good players still in the hunt. Anybody can shoot a low round and just haul themselves up into contention because of the calm weather. It is going to be a scoring final round. It is important that I remind myself that not everything is going to drop. I have to give myself as many looks as I can and if everything drops, there’s a 59 – but if it doesn’t, hopefully I’ll get a score in the 60s,” said Green.
Leading Third Round Scores:
206 – Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 72-66-68
207 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 71-70-66
208 – Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-70-66, Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 72-69-67, Shiv Kapur (IND) 71-70-67, Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 70-70-68, Danthai BOONMA (THA) 69-69-70, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 71-67-70
209 – Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 68-73-68, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 72-67-70