Saturday, December 20, 2008

BANGKOK, Thailand(AP) Australia's David Gleeson, one of five players tied for the lead, matched the course record Saturday with a nine-under 63 during the third round of the Asian Tour's season-ending Volvo Masters.

Joining Gleeson atop the leaderboard at the Thai Country Club were fellow Australian Marcus Both (70), Thai pair Chapchai Nirat (70) and Chawalit Plaphol (69), and second-round leader Lam Chihbing (72) of Singapore.

Gleeson matched the course record, set by Canadian Jim Rutledge in 1997, despite a bogey on his opening hole. Two eagles on a front nine of just 29 strokes at the $750,000 event certainly helped.

``It was good fun,'' Gleeson said. ``I played pretty good the other two days but made silly scoring mistakes. After the first hole, I thought ``here we go again.''

``Now that I've done the hard part, I've got to get another good round in tomorrow.''

Chawalit could have been the outright leader but for a bogey on the final hole. The Thai has finished in the top six at his past three tournaments.

``I feel like I am due a win,'' Chawalit said. ``I don't want to miss this opportunity.''

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