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Thongchai holds narrow lead after third round in Kuta

AFP , KUTA, INDONESIA

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee birdied the 18th hole for a narrow one-stroke lead after the third round at the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open yesterday.

The former Asian Tour No. 1 nailed six birdies against a lone dropped shot for a nine-under 207 total and a one-stroke advantage over Sweden’s Alexander Noren who posted a 66 at the New Kuta Golf Resort.

England’s Simon Griffiths carded a 69 and was among those in a tie for third place, alongside former winner and compatriot Simon Dyson and Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl, who both shot matching 70s.

“My irons were good and consistent except for one hole at the 16th,” said Thongchai, who was five-under after nine holes before a bogey on 16 and birdie on 18.

■MOONAH CLASSIC

AP, FINGAL, AUSTRALIA

Argentina’s Miguel Angel Carballo birdied his last two holes yesterday for a one-under 71 to take a two-stroke lead at the windswept Moonah Classic.

Carballo, tied for the lead after the second round, had a nine-under 207 total after three rounds.

Australia’s Richie Gallichan was second after a 70. New Zealand’s David Smail (71) and Australia’s veteran Peter O’Malley (72) were three strokes back at six-under.

The best round of the day was a 68 by Craig Spence of Australia, which left him tied for ninth, five strokes off the lead.

Australia’s Michael Sim, tied for the lead entering the round, was also four-under after a 76.

Carballo said his switch to a longer putter in November was paying dividends.

■LPGA THAILAND

AP, PATTAYA, THAILAND

Three consecutive birdies on the back nine gave Paula Creamer of the US a five-under 67 yesterday and a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the LPGA Thailand.

The world No. 3 delighted the Thai galleries with birdies on 12, 13 and 14 to finish with a three-round total of 11-under 205, putting her clear of world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa (68) and fellow American Brittany Lang (71).

The top trio look likely to fight out the title, with Australian Karrie Webb (69) in outright fourth, three shots behind Ochoa and Lang.

A stroke further back were Park Hee-young, Mika Miyazato and Angela Stanford.

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