SIVACHANDRAN STAYS ON TRACK AT KARIZA CLASSIC
Jakarta: Malaysia’s S. Sivachandran stayed on course for his second Asian Development Tour title when he held the third round lead with Thai duo Pongthep Jaewchumnanchao and Nakul Vichitryuthasastr after play at the Kariza Classic was suspended due to inclement weather on Thursday.
Sivachandran, currently leading the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit, remained in contention with a total of eight-under-par through eight holes to share the lead with Pongthep and Nakul who played nine and eight holes respectively at the Imperial Klub Golf.
A lightning storm in the afternoon forced the third round to be suspended, which means 28 players will resume their rounds at 6.30am local time at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour event on Friday. The fourth and final round will commence straight after the completion of round three.
Local hope Andik Mauludin is trailing the leaders by one stroke through eight holes while Thailand’s Ronnachai Jamnong and Thanyakorn Khrongpha are six-under-par after nine and eight holes respectively.
Sivachandran, the joint second round leader, knows he has to be on attack mode to break away from the chasing pack.
“It has been a long week so far with a lot of rain suspensions and you never know what might happen tomorrow. I need to go all out and attack as many pins as I can in hopes of extending my lead,” said Sivachandran, who won the Negeri Sembilan Masters Invitational in Malaysia in July.
Pongthep, a two-time winner in Thailand, is hoping to maintain a calm approach as he has only posted two bogeys so far in the tournament.
“I plan to play one shot at a time as it has been working for me so far. I don’t plan to rush my round and hope I can continue my fine form and maybe get a win,” said the 36-year-old.