PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Shahriffuddin Ariffin (pic) held his nerves in yet another difficult day at the US$1mil (RM4.2mil) Singapore International.
The 23-year-old, eyeing a maiden top 10 finish on the Asian Tour, battled to a two-over 74 for a three-day six-over 222 total to finish tied 19th alongside Ben Leong at the Tanah Merah Country Club yesterday.
The pair sit 10 strokes behind Thai leader Rattanon Wannasrichan and two adrift of the top 10 position.
Even a top 20 finish today will be enough to give Shahriffuddin his best ever result on the Tour as he had previously came in tied 31st at the 2019 Sarawak Cham-pionship.
However, Shahriffuddin believes he has what it takes to do better.
“I’m going to fight for the top 10 and try to finish as high as possible. It’s only two shots back, it’s very much achievable,” vowed Shahriffuddin after marking his scorecard with two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
“The only thing that make the playing conditions tough is the unpredictable wind.
“You need to be very patient to tackle these difficulties.”
Shahriffuddin could have ended the day higher had he not bogeyed the 18th hole but the setback did not dampen his spirit.
“The 18th… I hit the ball into water.
“The same happened at the third hole too (double bogey). But it’s okay, tomorrow is a brand new day and I can always try to make up for it,” he explained.
Shahriffuddin will have plenty to play for as the top 10 finishers are set to cash in at least US$15,000 (RM62,700).
As for the 35-year-old Ben, he mixed two birdies with three bogeys to sign for a 73 – his best score of the week.
Danny Chia carded a successive 75s to drop to joint 29th on seven-over 223 while Kim Leun Kwang (75) and Amir Nazrin Jailani (76) shared 45th placing on 225.
Gavin Green and Nicholas Fung, who were among the eight Malaysians who survived the halfway, posted 76 and 78 to be tied for 55th (226) and 66th (229) respectively.
Rattanon holds a two-shot lead over South Korea’s Kim Joo-hyung ahead of today’s finale.