Sihwan Kim of the US gestures during round three of the SMBC Singapore Open golf tournament in Singapore. Image Credit: AFP

American Sihwan Kim stayed out in front after the third round of the $1.25 million SMBC Singapore Open today at Sentosa Golf Club but was joined at the top by Sadom Kaewkanjana from Thailand.

Third-round leader Kim carded a two-under-par 69 on the Serapong Course while Sadom fired a 65 to lead on 11 under, in the final event of the 2020-21 season on the Asian Tour.

Joohyung Kim, the 19-year-old Korean who currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit, returned a 69 and is in solo possession of third, three strokes back.

Shot behind

Australian Zach Murray, in with 65, Justin De Los Santos from the Philippines and Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa, who both scored 68, are a further shot behind.

Kim, who has spent much of his career playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe, is chasing his first win as a professional.

Said the Korean-American: “I feel alright, I wish I made more putts, but it is what it is and I’m still leading. I just couldn’t really get it close to the pin today, only had a couple of birdie chances and that was about it.”

The 33-year-old has finished in the top five six times on the Asian Tour and was joint fourth in the recent Blue Canyon Phuket Championship, at the end of last year.

Joohyung Kim, despite being well placed to win the Merit list and add Singapore’s National Open to his win in last week’s The Singapore International, was not happy with his round.

Par five

He got off to great start with an eagle on the par five fourth and went out in three under but dropped shots on 15 and 17 saw him slip back.

Dubai based Shiv Kapur (Ind) shot a third round five birdie 70 to be in tied 19th with just one round to go.

Thailand’s 14-year-old star Ratchanon Chantananuwat signed for a 72 and is one over, one ahead of England’s Paul Casey, who came in with a 71.

Singapore’s Mitchell Slorach aced the par-three 17 hole using a six iron and won a five-year Shangri-La Diamond Membership and 500,000 Shangri-La Circle Points, worth approximately $50,000.

Tomorrow’s tee times are 7.40 am – 9.30 am off tees one and 10, with Shiv teeing off the first at 8.40 am.

Scores after round 3 of the SMBC Singapore Open
202 - Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) 67-70-65, Sihwan Kim (USA) 67-66-69.
205 - Joohyung Kim (KOR) 68-68-69.
206 - Zach Murray (AUS) 68-73-65, Justin De Los Santos (PHI) 67-71-68, Yuto Katsuragawa (JPN) 68-70-68.
207 - Steve Lewton (ENG) 68-74-65, Bio Kim (KOR) 71-70-66, Janne Kaske (FIN) 73-66-68.
208 - Genki Okada (JPN) 70-69-69, Veer Ahlawat (IND) 68-70-70.
209 - Masanori Kobayashi (JPN) 69-73-67, Travis Smyth (AUS) 72-70-67, Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 70-71-68, Ben Campbell (NZL) 70-70-69, Richard T. Lee (CAN) 73-66-70, Suradit Yongcharoenchai (THA) 66-73-70, Taehoon Ok (KOR) 66-72-71.
210 - Jake Higginbottom (AUS) 71-71-68, Shiv Kapur (IND) 71-69-70, Matthew Griffin (AUS) 71-69-70, Kosuke Hamamoto (THA) 68-71-71, Dongkyu Jang (KOR) 68-69-73.