South African Thomas Aiken fired an awesome third round -10 under par 62, to ascend to the top of the leaderboard at the Avantha Masters, on the Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort course in India.
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Thomas Aiken now has a three shot lead going into the final round of the Avantha Masters, in Greater Noida, Delhi, India. Thomas carded eight birdies and an eagle in his ten under par round. His closest rival is China’s Wenchong Liang, who had a third round -3 under par, 69, for his -15 under par total.
Thomas said concentration was the key;
” I concentrated very hard to play one shot at a time and it seemed to work, it just shows what can happen. I got off to a great start, holing a pitch shot on the second for eagle always helps, and from then on I just stuck to my game plan. All in all I’m very pleased with the way I played. I’ve been playing very well the last four months and just haven’t converted opportunities. Fortunately this week I’ve converted a lot of the opportunities that I’ve had, the majority of them have gone in from inside ten feet and that’s what makes the difference from a scoring point of view.”
The overnight joint-leader Wenchong Liang is in second place, he missed two short putts on the day, they were inside two feet;
” The key is to stay patient, I’m just three shots back and I’m confident that the gap can be closed. Anything can happen in golf and I only need to believe that I can do it. Hopefully luck will play a part as well.”
Tied in third place, at -14 under par are David Drysdale and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, both players dropped shots late in the day, and now have some work to do to make up the deficit.
Earlier in the week, during the first round Chinnarat Phadungsil shot a 61, he has since dropped off the pace and is now down tied in 23rd place at -9 under par for the tournament.
Lets hope that Thomas will not repeat that kind of classic collapse, following a brilliant round, from this position he should comfortably go on to win this event.