Golf: Singapore's Mardan on pole as Manila Masters reaches climax

Golf: Singapore's Mardan on pole as Manila Masters reaches climax
Mardan Mamat at the Resorts World Manila Masters on 20 November 2014.

MANILA - Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead Saturday going into the final round of the Philippines' Resorts World Manila Masters tournament.

The 47-year-old winner of the 2004 Indian Open, 2006 Singapore Masters and the 2012 Philippine Open sank seven birdies against a single bogey for a six-under third-round score of 66.

"I got off to a great start which kind of gave me a good cushion. I kept myself in my own zone. I knew I had to stay calm to maintain my lead," he said.

Mardan has a 17-under total of 199 after three rounds, and a four-shot lead over Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

"It was less windy compared to the first two rounds. I guess that explains the low scores today," said Frenchman Lionel Weber, who jumped into third place, five shots behind Mardan, with a sizzling 64 Saturday.

Thailand's Prom Meesawat shot a course-record nine-under-par 63 with seven birdies and a closing eagle, but remained nine shots adrift of Mardan.

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