Taipei: Filipino teen Miguel Tabuena took the third round lead with a seven-under-par 65 at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Taipei on Saturday.
Tabuena, 19, tied for the low round thanks to two closing birdies to hold a one-shot lead with a 10-under-par 206 total at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.
"I hit good quality shots on the front nine but didn`t make anything," said Tabuena in comments released by the organisers.
"I went into the back and told myself to do what I`ve been doing and the putts started to fall. I believe in myself so hopefully I will win my maiden title this week."
Tabuena shot three straight birdies from the 10th hole and added three more birdies to complete a back nine performance.
Thai star Thaworn Wiratchant, who rushed to see a doctor suffering irregular heartbeats and trembling hands on Friday, posted 68 to tie in second place with India`s Anirban Lahiri.
The 47-year-old defending champion and two-time Asian Tour winner mixed his card with two bogeys against six birdies, including a 25 feet birdie putt on the 12th hole.
"It was a mixed round to be honest. I`m happy with where I am now. It is a very tight leaderboard so anything can happen especially on this golf course. I`ve won twice here but I won`t take anything for granted," said Thaworn.
Taiwan`s Yeh Wei-tze, a one-time Asian Tour winner, opened with five straight birdies before posting a 65 to share fourth place with Thailand`s Prom Meesawat and two-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Chopra of Sweden on a 208 total.
Overnight co-leaders Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Cameron Smith of Australia`s slipped down following a disappointing 72 and 73, respectively.
Leading scores after round three (par 72):
206 - Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 73-68-65
207 - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA) 70-69-68, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 73-66-68
208 - Yeh Wei-tze (TWN) 72-71-65, Prom Meesawat (THA) 67-73-68, Daniel Chopra (SWE) 71-68-69
209 - Antonio Lascuna (PHI) 68-69-72
210 - Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA) 72-71-67, Ryan Yip (CAN) 71-69-70, Cameron Smith (AUS) 70-67-73