Nov 14th, 2015
Jaidee Takes Top Spot At BMW Masters
Cream has risen to the top of a packed leaderboard
Words: Daniel Owen
Thai golfing legend Thongchai Jaidee shot a 66 to take the lead at the BMW Masters. The former Paratrooper is one shot in front of Bjerregaard, Byeong-hun An and Sergio Garcia at the Lake Malaren Golf Club.
Jaidee didn’t tun pro until he was 30, but it hasn’t stopped him from having a fantastic career, winning 13 times in Asia, and 8 times in Europe. At 46 he’s won once this season, and if he wins here could go up to 3 in the Race To Dubai Rankings. His 66 could have been even better until a short second on 18 lead to a sloppy bogey finish.
“If I play well like this and keep performing like this, I have a good chance. But golf, you never know what you're feeling tomorrow for the 72 holes.”
The budgerigar, sorry Bjerregaard was leading overnight. His third round 70 was enough to leave him just one behind, but he’ll be disappointed on a day when scoring was low. Case in point Sergio and Byeong-hun An. Both played well, and finished strongly with three and four under back nines respectively to get them in a tie for second.
Elsewhere there were fireworks from Kristoffer Broberg, Patrick Reed and Thomas Pieters shooting 64, 64, and 63 repeatedly. Peters has really stepped up to the plate after that first win. With his prodigious length this kid is going to keep appearing at the top of the leaderboard. The way his game sets up we think this young Belgian is on the fast track to the big time, it won’t be long until he trades in Europe for the US, his long bombing style is perfect for the PGA Tour.
With all these low rounds, we’ve not even mentioned Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Ross Fisher, and Henrik Stenson who are all just three shots back at 12 under, and Justin Rose two further behind them. It’s all set up for a cracking final day, with such a top heavy leaderboard. With low scores possible round this track this tournament is still all to play for.