Hua Hin - An impressive six-under-par 66 fired Australia's Scott Hend into the
lead at day three of the Thailand Classic Saturday, leap-frogging Miguel
Angel Jimenez who struggled to repeat his stellar day two performance.
a renowned long hitter with six Asian Tour wins under his belt, will
begin Sunday's final round on 201 thanks to five birdies and an
impressive eagle on the 609-yard 13th at the $2 million tournament in
But with just a one-shot lead there is still plenty to play for.
at Hend's heels is 51-year-old Jimenez, the oldest player in the field,
alongside local hero Thongchai Jaidee, both on 201.
earlier the Spaniard had jumped to the top of the pack thanks to a
remarkable round of 11 birdies. But this time Jimenez had to content
himself with just three on a day that was otherwise dominated by
somewhat disappointing par shots.
Thongchai's compatriot Kiradech
Aphibarnrat begins the final day in third on 204, chased by four players
a shot behind - Australian trio Andrew Dodt, Richard Green and Wade
Ormsby as well as Sweden's Alex Noren.
Hend had no illusions his
long drives could be what seals victory - if he can repeat the kind of
showing he made on the 13th hole.
"It was a nice long drive on 13," he said after the match according to a report released by the organisers.
hit a wet patch from the rain and picked up a bit of speed down the
hill. I hit a nice little five iron in there and got a good bounce on
the fringe of the green."
Jimenez remained confident he could still come out on top by the end of Sunday.
only had three birdies but it was a bogey-free round. The last hole was
close to being a birdie, but just missed. I'm playing well and hitting
it well," he said.
Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey, who fired a
blistering course record 64 on the opening day, slipped even further
Saturday down to tied 27th on 209.