Jakarta, July 17: Niall Turner of Ireland fired an impressive five-under-par 67 to seize a commendable five-shot lead without a proper warm-up session in the third round of the Linc Group Jakarta Classic on Thursday.
The towering Irishman woke up an hour before his tee time and dashed to the Imperial Klub Golf, located 10 minutes from his hotel, just in time to hit some balls before heading out for the penultimate round in the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
The morning rush worked wonders for Turner as he returned with a flawless round for an 11-under-par 205 total to put himself in prime position to win his first ADT title. Englishman Peter Richardson was in second following a 68 while overnight leader Brett Munson of the United States slipped to third with a 75.
The 30-year-old Turner jolted straight into action when he opened with a chip-in birdie from 20 feet before going on to add two more birdies in each half.
“I was lucky today! Waking up at 6.55am (local time) and I had a tee time at 8. Thankfully the golf course was close to my hotel or I would have been in trouble,” he laughed.
“I got off to a perfect start and that got me on the right foot. From there I played really good and I’m in a great position. It will take something special to beat me so I’m going out there to play like how I’ve been playing,” said Turner.
Richardson birdied the last hole to cap a solid bogey-free round. The Englishman, who finished third on the 2012 Order of Merit, is aiming to claim his second ADT title since 2012.
“It was a good round. It is nice to have a bogey-free round. A lot my rounds have been with a lot of birdies and bogeys. If Niall keeps playing the way he has then he has a good chance to win. I can only control my game but I hope to shoot a good score and put some pressure on him,” said Richardson.
This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season. Previously, the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards since the ADT’s launch in 2010.
Leading third round scores:
205 – Niall TURNER (IRL) 70 68 67
210 – Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 72 70 68
211 – Brett MUNSON (USA) 67 69 75
212 – Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 71 70 71
213 – Unho PARK (AUS) 72 71 70, Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69 73 71, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69 68 76
214 – Mitchell SLORACH (SIN) 71 71 72
215 – Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 71 74 70
216 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 77 69 70, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 75 72 69, CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 73 70 73, Paul HARRIS (USA) 75 73 68, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71 72 73
217 – Nabil ABDUL (AUS) 73 74 70, Kurnia Herisiandy SANTOSO (INA) 71 75 71, YE Jian-feng (CHN) 74 71 72, Benny KASIADI (INA) 70 77 70, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 71 72 74, Rizal AMIN (MAS) 75 73 69, I Ketut SUGIARTA (INA) 71 70 76, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 70 68 79
Source: Asian Tour