BANGKOK (AFP) – An impressive six-under-par 66 fired Australia’s Scott Hend into the lead at day three of the Thailand Classic Saturday, leap-frogging Miguel Angel Jimenez who struggled to repeat his stellar day two performance.
Hend, a renowned long hitter with six Asian Tour wins under his belt, will begin Sunday’s final round on 201 thanks to five birdies and an impressive eagle on the 609-yard 13th at the $2 million tournament in Hua Hin.
But with just a one-shot lead there is still plenty to play for.
Snapping at Hend’s heels is 51-year-old Jimenez, the oldest player in the field, alongside local hero Thongchai Jaidee, both on 201.
A day earlier the Spaniard had jumped to the top of the pack thanks to a remarkable round of 11 birdies. But this time Jimenez had to content himself with just three on a day that was otherwise dominated by somewhat disappointing par shots.
Thongchai’s compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat begins the final day in third on 204, chased by four players a shot behind — Australian trio Andrew Dodt, Richard Green and Wade Ormsby as well as Sweden’s Alex Noren.