Australia’s Hend Takes Lead in Thailand
Close-knit scores suggest anything could happen on the final day of the Thailand Classic Sunday, with 12 players within five strokes of the lead through 54 holes.
The third leader in as many days, Australia’s Scott Hend, fired a 66 to climb to 15-under, good for a 1-stroke lead over local son Thongchai Jaidee and Day 2 leader Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Hend could have extended the lead, but he bogeyed No. 18 to sour an otherwise-brilliant back nine that saw him stroke three birdies and an eagle.
The eagle came on the par-5 , 609-yard No. 13. Hend is 4-under on that hole alone through 54 holes.
Jaidee shot a 5-under 67 without bogeying to climb within one stroke, while Jimenez also went bogey free, putting him a stroke back in his quest to break his own record as the oldest man to win a European Tour event.
Day One leader Michael Hoey, who set a course record with a 64, continued his shrinking violet act with a 1-over 73, with three bogeys in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine.