​Korea’s Mo takes lead in windy Thailand

January 19, 2014 - 10:29:56 am

BANGKOK: Korea’s Mo Joong-Kyung surged to the top of the leaderboard in the third round of the King’s Cup yesterday, notching up a two-under-par 70 as windy conditions blew other players off course.

The 42-year-old had been trailing in third place at the $1m Asian Tour event at the Black Mountain Golf Club in Hua Hin, but stood tall against gusts that reached up to 36 kilometres (22 miles) an hour, shooting six birdies and four bogeys for a three-day total of nine-under-par 207.

Home favourite Prom Meesawat of Thailand slipped to joint second with Filipino Angelo Que, who carded the day’s lowest score with a 67.

Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg, who had shared the lead with Prom, dropped to fifth place with a 74.

“At the start, I didn’t expect the winds to be so strong,” Mo said, according to a report by the Asian Tour. “I managed to figure out how to combat the winds and I played pretty well coming down the stretch.”

He credited his fitness regime for helping him keep pace with his younger rivals. 

“I’m still feeling fine after 54 holes,” he said.

Que, who also managed the gusts to make a comeback after a disappointing second round 75, said: “You never know when you might have to play in a typhoon or calm weather conditions.”

He said he was “happy” with his game. “I’m not going to think about the win. I just want to go out and have fun.”

Despite slipping to second, Prom remained confident he could take his second Asian tour victory. 

“It is still a very good position to be in as anything can happen. The door is still open,” he said.