Golf: Singapore head for Putra Cup home stretch with a handy lead

Gregory Foo in action in the Putra Cup held at Tanah Merah Country Club Garden course on Sept 8, 2016.
Gregory Foo in action in the Putra Cup held at Tanah Merah Country Club Garden course on Sept 8, 2016. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - Team Singapore golfers will go into the final day of the Putra Cup with a five-shot lead over rivals Thailand, after extending their one-shot lead by four more strokes on Thursday at the Tanah Merah Country Club's Garden Course.

The team, made up of top local amateur Gregory Foo, Joshua Ho, Joshua Shou and Marc Ong, have a three-round total of 619. Only the top three scores are taken into consideration.

Two-time defending champions Thailand, the favourites coming into the 56th edition of the annual tournament, have a score of 624. Malaysia are third with 639.

Foo kept his clubhouse lead, breaking par for the third straight day by carding a one-under 69. The individual defending champion is five-under 205 after 54 holes, just one stroke ahead of Kammalas Namuangruk of Thailand.

Ho was the Republic's best performer of the day, posting a three-under 67 to break par on this course for the first time in the tournament. His round included four birdies on the back nine.

Said the 22-year-old: "I actually played quite solid over the first two days, but just couldn't quite convert my shots or get the momentum going. To get four shots on the back nine, it's quite big going into tomorrow."

The team's score was completed by Marc Ong, who signed for a two-under 68 that included an eagle on the 15th hole. His only bogey came from his final hole on the 18th.

Said Ong, who will turn 21 in November: "This was probably one of the better rounds I've ever played. It's really good day to look back on. We all want to go out there and win the team title. To us, that's the goal."

Joshua Shou (76) had a trying day.