Sukree Othman fired a six-under-par 66 today to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour’s RM200,000 Sime Darby Harvard Championship in Kedah.
The 39-year-old, who has five wins to his credit on the Tour, finished the day on 15-under 201 at Harvard Golf & Country Club and said his plan tomorrow would be to “play against the course” and not really watch what some of the other players were doing.
That assertion comes from the fact that only seven strokes separate the top-18 in a tournament that has yielded low scores throughout.
“I played well today and everything I aimed for went in. It was one of those days – a good day – and hopefully I can continue with that tomorrow,” said Sukree, who also led after the second round of the Kinrara Closed Championship last week, where he finished in a tie for second.
“The course is dry, which means that the short-hitters also got a chance here.
“The main thing is to give yourself chances at birdie and I managed that today with some good wedges shots into the green. My putting also was good today,” he added.
Arie Irawan, who led after the first two days and has a career-low 63 to show for his first round, was second on the leaderboard. He shot a four-under 68, which gave him a 202 total.
The low-round of the day was posted by Kemarol Baharin. The player who ensured that Malaysians occupied to the top-three spots today shot an eight-under 64 for a 203 total and said he too found the course to his liking.
“It all went very smooth today,” said Kemarol. “I hit good shots into the green and I putted well too.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow he added: “Being in the top-three gives me a good chance at winning here. But I will take it one shot at a time and see what happens.
“There have been some low scores this week, so tomorrow, whoever wins, will have to go low, I’m sure.”
New Zealander Sean Riordan had a 66, while Malaysia’s Danny Chia carded a 67 and South African Mathiam Keyser a 69 as the trio finished tied for fourth on 12-under 204.
American Steve Han (66), Japan’s Masaru Takahashi (67) and Oskar Arvidsson (70) of Sweden were joint seventh on 11-under 205.
The Sime Darby Harvard is co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carries world ranking points.
Leading Third Round Scores
201 Sukree Othman (Mas) 70-65-66
202 Arie Irawan (Mas) 63-71-68
203 Kemarol Baharin (Mas) 70-69-64
204 Sean Riordan (NZl) 70-68-66, Danny Chia (Mas) 69-68-67, Mathiam Keyser (SA) 70-65-69
205 Steve Han (US) 71-68-66, Masaru Takahashi (Jpn) 69-69-67, Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 69-66-70
206 Shaifubari Muda (Mas) 69-69-68
207 Terumichi Kakazu (Jpn) 66-74-67, Brett Munson (US) 72-64-71
208 Janne Kaske (Fin) 67-73-68, Casey O’Toole (US) 71-68-69, Grant Jackson (Eng) 68-71-69, Darren Tan (Aus) 69-69-70, Mj Daffue (SA) 70-68-70, Rob Seibly (US) 65-70-73
209 Shaaban Hussin (Mas) 70-70-69