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Golf: Panuphol, Hansen share lead at The Championship

Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat stayed on top after the third round of The Championship at Laguna National on Saturday after posting a three-under-par 69.

SINGAPORE: Thailand's Panuphol Pittayarat stayed on top after the third round of The Championship at Laguna National on Saturday after posting a three-under-par 69.

However he had to share top spot with Denmark's Anders Hansen, who shot a 67 on Saturday for a 16-under-par 200 total.

This is the first time the Thai is playing on the weekend after missing three straight cuts on the Asian Tour this season.

Once again, the heat was affecting Pittayarat's focus -- but the Bangkok native still managed to hit 4 birdies and a bogey to put him in contention for his maiden win on the region's premier tour.

He said: "I just want to get my body into 100 per cent and be fit and ready for tomorrow. Don't want to come out tomorrow, be dizzy and do nothing about the game. My game this week is really good, I am happy about it."

Singapore's Lam Chih Bing and Quincy Quek share joint 50th position with three others, with their six-under-par total.

Quek was unable to repeat his first round form, where he fired eight birdies. The 27-year old signed off for an even-par score after four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.

Quek said: "There are a lot of holes out there where you can actually make birdies. So I think if the putter is hot tomorrow, I might have a chance to move up. Definitely it has a been a fun week for me, it's nice to have family and friends out here supporting me and I've thoroughly enjoyed this week."

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