Manila: Korean-American Chan Kim overcame a horror quadruple bogey to grab a one-shot lead after the third round of the Philippine Open on Saturday.
Kim nailed three birdies after his stumble at the tricky par-three eighth hole at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club to put himself on pole position to win his first Asian Tour title.
"To be honest, I`m very surprised to be in the lead! I didn`t think that five-under would be leading the tournament," Kim said.
"I`m feeling a bit nervous and excited. Last year I had the lead going into the final round in a Chinese Taipei event," the 24-year-old said later, referring to the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on the Asian Tour in Taipei, where he had been in a similar position but was denied victory by Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.
"I would like to get some redemption there and win a tournament this week," Kim said.
Kim was one-under for the day when his wayward tee shot on the eighth hole landed 36.6 metres (40 yards) from the elevated green.
He next hit into a tree branch, then found himself in more trouble when his third and fourth shots landed inside the greenside sand trap.
He finally two-putted for seven, before hitting a bogey on the 10th hole. "It felt like I was playing mini golf on the eighth hole," he said later.
Overnight leader Marcus Both of Australia shot a disappointing 76 and found himself in a three-way tie for second place with South Korea`s Wang Jeung-hun and Filipino Jay Bayron.
211 - Chan Kim (USA) 66-72-73
212 - Jay Bayron (PHI) 71-72-69, Wang Jeung-hun (KOR) 72-68-72, Marcus Both (AUS) 70-66-76
214 - Vongvanij Arnond (THA) 74-72-68, Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 74-71-69, Nathan Holman (AUS) 71-71-72.