On June 23 at Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand
Native player just claimed their pride back in the semi-final round. Kanyalak Preedasuthijit fires six under-pars to lead at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.
Kanyalak stretches her lead in Pattaya
By Richard C Talbot
“After the completion of the third round on Saturday at Phoenix Gold the field now has an outright leader to pursue after, when play begins in the final round on Sunday. Local Player Kanyalak Preedasuthijit chose today to shoot her best round of the tournament with 6 under par to build up a 4 shot lead.
Whether the lady from nearby Chonburi can maintain her momentum for tomorrow will be remain to be seen. But it won’t be for any lack of effort, if she fails to lift the trophy that she most covets, as there appears to have been no stone left unturned in the 20 year olds preparation.
The last three months has seen “BEW” popping in and out of the country to play in China, yet she has still left time to be practicing at least once a week on the Phoenix Gold course. She has managed to increase this recently, so that in the last week she has been constantly fine tuning her game on the greens that all of the players have been playing this week.
“I was really happy with my back nine and my putter was very good today. Every shot was very good,” she said. – Ladies European Tour Official Website
“I had a great start with 2 birdies, then a bogie slightly infuriate me. So for the back nine I was extra careful. Unfortunately, I had a bogie on the fifteenth. Afterward I stayed on fairways so its boost my confidence. Today is better than yesterday and I hope tomorrow, the final, will be even better.”
Her all-round display showed an assured air and it will take a real low score to beat her if she can control her last round nerves. There are however, players in the field that are capable of putting the leader under real pressure.
No one is going to pose a bigger threat than Ann Van Dam who has averaged a staggering 310 yards off the tee box this week. The most impressive part of this statistic is that for most of the time she is hitting the ball dead straight, and virtually every hole’s par score is threatened by this talented Dutch player. If she can control her short game tomorrow then any score is possible as her current total of 8 under par leaves her in second place.
There are three players sharing third place at 7 under par with Chonlada Chayanun, Lynn Carlsson and the Korean amateur Salin Hyun all within shooting distance of the leader. The overnight joint leader Lynn Carlsson, would have been frustrated by her inability to have replicated her form from the previous day but it is a tough course to shoot two great scores on consecutive days.
There are other players who will still fancy their chances tomorrow and the Thailand challenge will gather momentum tomorrow if the likes of Chonlada Chayanun, Aunchisa Utama and Supamas Sangchan can post low scores. But in reality it is surely in the hands of the top two to lose.
There will be few ladies in world golf that can boast a higher driving average than Ann Van Dam this week and there will be a lot of people who will be fancying her chances tomorrow. There is still the lingering question of how well the local Thailand player will cope with the levels of expectation that will be on her young shoulders tomorrow.
Whatever the outcome the tournament has once again produced some fantastic golf as the very best of Thailand and Europe has come together to set up this tantalizing finale to the competition.’
LIVE TV Broadcasting will be on True Sport HD 3 on True Visions during 13:00-16:00hrs on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 June. Admission tickets for spectators are available at the Ticket Booth near the public entrance to the golf club at 100THB/person/day on 21-24 June. Free admission for spectator age under 18 and over 60 years old. Gate opening is at 08:00hrs daily.
Round 3 Activity: Honourary of Players
Youth players hold hand in hand with frontrow Ladies European Tour players before tee-off from hole 1. Alongside “Par 3 Challenge” is held which 20 of 9 to 15 years-old junior golfers got a chance to meet international players and get inspire.