Bad Griesbach, Germany: Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee carved out a one-shot lead after three rounds of the European Open golf yesterday as the former paratrooper set his sights on a seventh career title.
The 45-year-old veteran carded a seven under par 64 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach with eight birdies against just a single bogey in his third round to climb 14 places up the leaderboard.
He is on 13 under par for the tournament with English duo Ross Fisher and Graeme Storm back in second spot alongside Pelle Edberg of Sweden.
Thongchai had four birdies in an outward 31 before dropping his only shot of the day at the 10th.
Birdies at the 12th, 13th and 15th took him level with clubhouse leader Edberg before another birdie at the 16th gave him the outright lead.
“I played solid all three rounds but today I putted much better,” said the Thai veteran.
“You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now.
“I’m confident and I hit a lot of good shots. The course is not very long so being in position is important. I’ve been confident with my irons and I’ve got a good score.
“Seven under is very good for me today - I’ve not had seven under for a long time.”