McKenzie chasing Wood in Thailand
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Englishman Chris Wood will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Thailand Open after carding a five-under 67 in his third round on Saturday, but Australian David McKenzie remains in a position to challenge for overall honours three shots behind.
Wood hit six birdies and a solitary bogey to sit on 18 under overall at the Suwan Golf and Country Club, one shot clear of Taiwan's Chan Shih-chang.
Chan was unsettled early and carded two bogeys and a birdie inside his opening four holes, but bounced back with five birdies for a four-under round of 68.
McKenzie is a further two shots back on 15 under after a topsy-turvy third-round 70 that included five birdies and three bogeys.
He is part of a four-way tie for third place with Thailand pair Wisut Artjanawat and Prom Meesawat, the overnight leader, as well as South Korean Lee Dong-hwan.
Australian Rohan Blizard could only manage a one-under round on Saturday but remains in touch at 13 under overall, while compatriot Nick Cullen both hit five-under 67s to sit a shot further back.
Peter O'Malley carded the lowest score of the day, a seven-under 65 that included eight birdies and a bogey, to sit seven shots behind Wood.
New South Welshman O'Malley is joined on 11 under by fellow Aussies Terry Pilkadaris, Marcus Cain, Scott Arnold, Matthew Millar and Jason Norris.