Anders Hansen has joined Panuphol Pittayarat at the top of The Championship at Laguna National leaderboard.
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Anders carded a late hat-trick of birdies to catch Panuphol at the top of the leaderboard at Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore. Those third round birdies helped him score a -5 under par 65 and post a total of -16 under par.
Anders is just returning to golf following a six-month absence during which he underwent wrist surgery, naturally he was very pleased with his performance;
“I’m very pleased, I didn’t hit the ball that great today but I made a couple of good putts on the last few holes. I hit a lot of greens but I just didn’t hit it as close as I have done the last couple of days.”
“It was nice to finish with those three birides, it was a little more windy today so it was more tricky. It was a great finish. Everytime you are up there you have to be pleased so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I love competition and I love playing under the gun, it gets your attention.”
Panuphol carded a -3 under par 69 third round, dropping only his second shot of the tournament, but is still hoping to keep his dream of winning his first European Tour title alive;
“I came into this week missing three straight cuts on the Asian Tour this season. My performance so far this week has definitely give me a boost in confidence. Whatever happens, happens tomorrow; I will just try and play my own game.”
Tied in third place at -14 under par, and two shots off the lead are Robert-Jan Derksen and Davis Lipsky.
Robert is in a different place to Panuphol, he wants to win one more time before he retires from #golf;
“I’m playing really well and hitting it nice from the tee and to the green, I’m still struggling a bit on the greens. There is plenty of good stuff though and hopefully I can get rid of the bad stuff tomorrow.
“Like Hong Kong this is one of the shorter courses but you have to think your way round, and I think that suits my game, hopefully I can do well again tomorrow. It would be lovely to go out at the end of the season with one more win. To get into the top 60 and to win once more before I retire would be a wonderful way to go out.”
This is still a tightly compacted leaderboard and an easier course, a really low round from someone tomorrow would be enough to lift this trophy. Personally I hope Panuphol, who has led each day, realizes his dream of winning his maiden Tour victory.