'Coconut' rolls on in Singapore

'Coconut' rolls on in Singapore
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand waits under a tree after finishing on the 14th green.

Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat survived a late bogey scare but maintained his lead with Denmark's Anders Hansen after posting a third round 3-under 69 in The Championship yesterday.

Hansen denied Panuphol the outright lead by signing for a 67 to share pole position with the 21-year-old Thai after compiling a three-day total of 16-under 200 at the US$1.5 million (S$1.8 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Korean-American David Lipsky remained in contention for his second win on the Asian Tour after carding a 70 to share third place with Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands on 202 at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

Panuphol, nicknamed 'Coconut' enjoyed yet another fruitful day as he continued his charge towards his maiden win on the region's premier Tour.

"I've been in contention a couple of times where I got to play with some great players. I will try not to think about how they are doing and just do my best. It's going to be a good Sunday," said Panuphol.

Playing in the weekend rounds for the first time on the Asian Tour this season, Panuphol could only find one birdie on four in his outward-nine.

But the Thai began to show his title credentials by firing birdies on holes 13, 15 and 16. A bogey-four on 17 however blemished his otherwise flawless card.

"I was just pushing every putt I made in the front-nine. But on the back nine, I kind of gained back my confidence when I managed to roll in the putts, except for that bogey on 17 where I hit a bad shot.

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