Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia), Nov 20 (IANS) Indian golfer Ajeetesh Sandhu scored an even-par 71 to be tied 39th after the third and penultimate round of the PGM Nilai Springs Championship here on Friday. Ajeetesh, who scored four-over 75 and 72 in the first two rounds to be tied 47th, took his three-day total to fiveover 218 at the Nilai Springs Golf and Country Club. The Indian got birdies on the second and eighth holes against bogeys on the 11th and 17th for a 71. 

Meanwhile, Chanat Sakulpolphaisan of Thailand fired five-under 66 to race into a three-shot lead. The 25-year-old joint overnight leader returned with six birdies to lead on 14-under 199 and put himself in prime position to secure a first Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory. Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden and co-overnight leader Jordan Sherratt of Australia are also in the title hunt after carding a 65 and 69 respectively. Chanat, who played collegiate golf for Mississippi college before turning professional last year, enjoyed a hot start when he fired five birdies on the first nine holes. He will hold the lead heading into the last day for the first time on the ADT.

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