Thongchai two shots off the pace in Wentworth

May 24: Thai veteran Thongchai Jaidee carded a four-under-par 68 to trail co-leaders Francesco Molinari of Italy and Korea’s Byeong Hun An by two shots in third place on his own following the penultimate round of the BMW PGA Championship on Saturday.

Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, fired an eagle and four birdies against two bogeys for a 12-under-par 204 total at the Wentworth Club.

Reigning Order of Merit winner David Lipsky of the United States carded a 69 to move into a share of ninth place on 210 with six other players while Korea’s Y.E. Yang returned with a 69 to stay a further shot back in tied-16th position.

India’s Jeev Milkha Singh (70) and 2013 Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat (74) of Thailand settled for tied-35th and tied-43rd positions respectively while India’s Anirban Lahiri registered a third successive 72 to tie in 49th position on 216 alongside 11 other players which include Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, who signed for a 71.

“I had a solid start with two birdies and one eagle on the first three holes which gave me some cushion heading into the round. I have been putting well too and I am feeling very confident. My driver wasn’t that well but my iron-play was still alright,” said the 45-year-old Thongchai.

“I am happy with where I stand at the moment. I have been keeping up with my fitness. I think that is necessary if I want to continue playing golf. Age is not a problem. I try and make sure everything is working in my game and stick to my trainings. I’ve played solid for all three rounds and I’ve got no complaints. I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” added Thongchai.

Over in China, Asian Tour graduate Eugene Wong of Canada signed for a one-over-par 73 to slip to tied-seventh place in the third round of the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open on Saturday.

Wong compiled a three-over-par 219 total to trail leader leader and countryman Justin Shin by nine shots at the Yishan Golf Club while Finland’s Teemu Putkonen stayed one shot back in tied-ninth position following a 68.