Saturday November 3, 2012
Bayron races to a three-shot lead in third round
KUALA LUMPUR: Jay Bayron of the Philippines rode on a hot putter to card a five-under 67 and race to a three-shot lead after the third round of the PGM Eastwood Valley Masters in Miri.
With an 11-under 205 total, Bayron is in prime position to win his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club.
Overnight leader Hsu Mong-nan of Taiwan will be playing catch-up for the first time this week after firing a 71 to lie in second place while talented South Korean Park Jin-woo (69) is a shot further back at the US$80,000 ADT event.
Malaysia’s in-form Nicholas Fung, who has won two titles in the last two weeks, matched Bayron’s 67 to be five shots off the pace.
Bayron was hot off the blocks, shooting a birdie in his opening hole to turn in 34. He posted a pair of birdies from the 10th and capped a solid round with another birdie on the 18th.
“I putted very well and if I can continue playing like that, I’m sure I can win this. I like this golf course and I seem to read the greens well,” said the 38-year-old.
Bayron, third on the Order of Merit, knows a victory this week will boost his ranking and put him a step closer to earning an Asian Tour card for next year.
“I think I’ll definitely finish in the top three of the Order of Merit at the end of the season if I win here. It’s going to be an exciting final round,” said Bayron.