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Sadom clings onto Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open lead

  • Published at 11:58 pm April 5th, 2019
Sadom Kaewkanjana
Thailand's Sadom Kaewkanjana in action during day three of the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open in Dhaka Friday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The 20-year-old Sadom, who is making his first start on Tour after coming through the Qualifying School last December, marked his card with four birdies against a bogey to stay atop the leaderboard with an 18-under-par 195 total at the Kurmitola Golf Club

Young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana stands on the verge of his Asian Tour breakthrough after signing for a three-under-par 68 Friday  to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open.

The 20-year-old Sadom, who is making his first start on Tour after coming through the Qualifying School last December, marked his card with four birdies against a bogey to stay atop the leaderboard with an 18-under-par 195 total at the Kurmitola Golf Club.

Sadom’s overnight three-shot lead was reduced to two by his closest rival Rashid Khan of India, who narrowed the gap after carding a bogey-free 67, highlighted by an eagle and two birdies, to sit in second place at the $350,000 Asian Tour full-field event.

India's Ajeetesh Sandhu returned with the day’s best score of a 65, thanks to six birdies, including four in-a-row from the 11th hole, to trail by six shots in solo third in the tournament, which is celebrating its fifth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.

Siddikur Rahman remained the highest-placed Bangladeshi after posting a flawless 68 to tie in fourth place with Australia’s Maverick Antcliff (69) on 202. 

Last year’s joint runner-up Jack Harrison of England settled a further shot back in sixth following a 68.

Sadom, who has already broken through on the Asian Development Tour last month, is chasing to become the third Thai player following Thitiphun Chuayprakong (2016) and Jazz Janewattananond (2017) to win the National Open of Bangladesh.

Should he accomplish the feat Saturday, he would also become the record fastest Qualifying School graduate to win on the AT.

The Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019 welcomed a new title sponsor in the National Bank Limited, a public limited bank in Bangladesh. 

The tournament has been named in honour of the father of the nation of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.


Sadom Kaewkanjana Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) Third round 68 (-3)

I am happy with the way I played. I played better than I expected. I will aim to play better. This is my first Asian Tour event as a professional and as a Qualifying School graduate. But I told myself to play like how I used to play when I was an amateur and not think about prize money and all. I just want to enjoy my game and think about how to play this course.

Rashid Khan Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik  

Rashid Khan (IND) Third round 67 (-4)

I was a bit off. I hit the ball bad. I didn’t take advantage of my birdie opportunities. But I finished well. I had an eagle on 14 and a birdie on 15. Overall, it was fine.

Ajeestesh Sandhu Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Ajeetesh Sandhu (IND) Third round 65 (-6)

The four birdies in a row was the highlight for me. I missed the fifth one by a whisker but it’s alright. I am happy with the way I finished. I did pretty much the same that I have been doing last few weeks. The scores just didn’t come in last week but this week, I just managed to hit it a bit closer and dropped a couple more putts. It’s nothing really special that I have done. My best birdie would probably be on the 13th hole.

Siddikur Rahman Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Siddikur Rahman (BAN) Third round 68 (-3)

It’s great to shoot another bogey-free round. Everything was good except my putting. I didn’t putt as well as I did in the last two rounds. But I hit the ball well again and my second shots were good too. I managed to hit it close to the pins but left some putts out there. I hope to make more putts and jump up a little bit higher on the leaderboard.

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