Jakarta, December 7 - Padraig Harrington of Ireland fired a four-under-par 67 after completing the third round of the US$750,000 Bank BRI Indonesia Open on Sunday.
The multiple Major champion returned this morning to finish five holes for a 16-under-par 197 total to hold a four-shot lead over Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand, who birdied his closing two holes for a 71 at the Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk Course.
Due to bad weather expected on Sunday afternoon, there will not be a redraw for the final round and player start round four in the same group.
Australia’s Nathan Holman registered a 70 to lie in third position while local hope George Gandranata posted a 68 to tie for fourth with Sam Brazel of Australia on 205, eight shots behind Harrington at the Asian Tour event.
Harrington, who is aiming to win his first title in a full field event since 2010, hopes to maintain his strong momentum.
“The last thing I want to do is go out there and be negative because that gives the rest of the field a chance. It is an awkward position to be in. It is never easy to lead. It is always easy to chase,” said Harrington.
Scores after round 3 of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open (Par 71):
197 – Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL) 64-66-67
201 – Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 67-63-71
202 – Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 69-63-70
205 – George GANDRANATA (INA) 69-68-68, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68-68-69
206 – David LIPSKY (USA) 72-68-66, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 74-66-66, Quincy QUEK (SIN) 71-67-68, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 68-69-69, Scott BARR (AUS) 69-67-70
209 - Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 71-67-71
214 - Tirto TAMARDI (A) (INA) 70-70-74
216 - Fadhli Rahman SOETARSO (A) (INA) 69-73-73