Bangkok: Thailand`s Thanyakon Khrongpha smashed a five-under-par 67 in the third round of the Chiangmai Golf Classic on Saturday to power into the lead, edging closer to a first Asian Tour victory.
The 24-year-old secured a 201 total, two shots ahead of India`s Rashid Khan who was in a second place tie with compatriot and overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa at the Alpine Golf Resort.
"I`m feeling a little nervous but I think there is more excitement than pressure," said Thanyakon.
The Thai youngster dropped two bogeys on 11 and 12 before bouncing back with three straight birdies from the 13th hole.
"I felt a little angry with myself after I bogeyed 11th and 12th. I could have avoided it but I told myself to get over it and I`m glad I was able to recover strong," he said in a statement released by organisers.
The three-time winner on the local circuit last year, who also claimed gold medals in the team events at the 2007 and 2009 Southeast Asian Games, is in sight of winning a title at the $750,000 Asian Tour event.
It was a less successful day for major champion Jason Dufner of the United States who slipped to tied 24th after hitting a 73.
Leading scores after the third round at the par-72 Alpine Golf Resort course:
201 - Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA) 69-65-67
203 - Rashid Khan (IND) 68-69-66, Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 68-65-70
204 - Kalem Richardson (AUS) 71-69-64, Scott Barr (AUS) 68-69-67
205 - Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 71-68-66, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 69-70-66.
207 - Daisuke Kataoka (JPN) 70-71-66, Mithun Perera (SRI) 70-70-67, Jbe Kruger (RSA) 73-66-68