Chitprasong seizes Brunei advantage

Thailand’s Jamnian Chitprasong will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters.

Thailand’s Jamnian Chitprasong will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the European Senior Tour’s Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters.

Chitprasong is aiming to become the second consecutive Thai winner of the Brunei Senior Masters after Boonchu Ruangkit’s victory last year.

The 52-year-old, who also like Ruangkit last year is not a Senior Tour member, birdies his first four holes and picked up more shots on the 12th and 15th holes to card a 65 and grab a three-shot lead.

“I would like to win so I can join the Senior Tour and play the full season,” he said.

“It was a bit hot for me today but I played well. My irons were good and I putted well so today everything was really good for me. I’ve played the course four or five times. The greens are very good and it suits my game.”

Englishman Barry Lane, eyeing his second European Senior Tour victory after last year’s Cleveland Golf/Srixon Scottish Senior Open, shot a four-under 67 to move into joint second place with Australian Mike Harwood (68) and Sang-ho Choi (68) of Korea.

Lane made seven birdies on the day, but blamed the humidity and fatigue for faltering somewhat on the back nine of The Empire Hotel and Country Club, dropping three shots after the turn.

“I started off well and birdied the first and second and then six, seven and eight to get to five under for the round but then I three putted the tenth from about 20ft which sort of stopped the flow a little bit,” said Lane.

“I think I’m getting a bit tired towards the end. The conditions play a part. I’m trying to eat and drink as much as I can on the way round and I still haven’t got over the jet lag – I’ve been up at 4am every morning. When you’re not playing until 11am it’s a long time.

“All in all though, it’s been pretty good. It’s nice to be out again, in the new year, and nice to be in contention and up there,” he added.