Golf: Singapore's Mardan Mamat on pole as Manila Masters reaches climax

Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead Saturday going into the final round of Asian Tour's Philippines' Resorts World Manila Masters tournament. -- PHOTO: ASIAN TOURS
Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead Saturday going into the final round of Asian Tour's Philippines' Resorts World Manila Masters tournament. -- PHOTO: ASIAN TOURS

MANILA (AFP) - Singapore golfer Mardan Mamat put himself on pole position for a fourth Asian Tour win with a four-shot lead Saturday going into the final round of Asian Tour's Philippines' Resorts World Manila Masters tournament.

The 47-year-old winner of the 2004 Indian Open, 2006 Singapore Masters and the 2012 Philippine Open sank seven birdies against a single bogey for a six-under third-round score of 66.

"I got off to a great start which kind of gave me a good cushion. I kept myself in my own zone. I knew I had to stay calm to maintain my lead," he said.

Mardan has a 17-under total of 199 after three rounds, and a four-shot lead over Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

"It was less windy compared to the first two rounds. I guess that explains the low scores today," said Frenchman Lionel Weber, who jumped into third place, five shots behind Mardan, with a sizzling 64 Saturday.

Thailand's Prom Meesawat shot a course-record nine-under-par 63 with seven birdies and a closing eagle, but remained nine shots adrift of Mardan.

Leading scores after the third round at the par-72 Manila Southwoods course:

199 Mardan Mamat (Sin) 65-68-66. 203 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 66-69-68. 204 Lionel Weber (Fra) 70-70-64. 206 Berry Henson (USA) 74-68-64, Nicholas Fung (Mas) 69-69-68. 207 Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 70-73-64, Paul Peterson (USA) 68-70-69, Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) 67-71-69. 208 Prom Meesawat (Tha) 73-72-63, Javi Colomo (Esp) 69-69-70, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 65-73-70, Danny Chia (Mas) 66-71-71.