Saturday, 12 March 2016
Peter Uihlein  (Getty Images)
Peter Uihlein (Getty Images)

Peter Uihlein is confident he can turn his recent good form into a victory when he tees it up in the final round of the True Thailand Classic Presented by Chang on Sunday.

The American arrived at Black Mountain Golf Club off the back of two top tens and set a blistering pace as he equalled the course record with an opening 64 on Thursday.

A 71 followed on day two but he successfully battled the trickier, windy conditions on Saturday to card a 69 and sit just two shots off the lead held by Australia's Scott Hend.

Uihlein has a European Tour win at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI in 2013 but has put himself in contention for many more, and is certain that the experience of being at the business end of tournaments will stand him in good stead.

"At the start of every week you are trying to be in there with a chance to win on Sunday, so I am definitely pleased and we will see how it goes tomorrow," he said.

I feel like each time I am in this position that I get more comfortable and more confident and able to play better - Peter Uihlein

"I'll tell you what, you would rather be in that position all the time instead of not having it all year and then all of a sudden popping up there and being in the final group one week.

"So I would like to be in this position as much as I can and see where I go from there."

Thomas Pieters is a shot behind Uihlein after mastering the tougher conditions to sign for a second consecutive 66. The big-hitting Belgian has been battling illness and had to make up three shots on Friday just to make the cut after an opening 73.

"I haven't done much wrong the past two days," he said. "I've rolled in some short putts for birdie and par but I haven't holed any long ones. Overall I'm quite happy.

"I only got here late Tuesday night because I was very sick last week. I had a bad sinus infection and a fever. I'm still on antibiotics, but I'm feeling better day by day. You just have to be very careful in this heat."

Pelle Edberg is alongside Pieters after a rollercoaster back nine in his 73 on Saturday. The Swede had four bogeys and three birdies on his way home on a course he is very familiar with after spending the last four winters in Hua Hin.

The 36 year old has an army of fans following him around the course this week and is hopeful of going low on the final day to give them something to cheer about.

"I had a rough back nine, so I'm quite pleased with the finish," he said. "Compared to the other two days, I thought I hit the ball pretty well except for two or three holes. A few mistakes there and all of the sudden you're making bogeys.

"Hopefully I can keep the feeling going tomorrow. If I can shoot five or six under, I think I might have a good chance."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1HEND, ScottAUS18-18
3PIETERS, ThomasBEL18-15
4UIHLEIN, PeterUSA18-14
5EDBERG, PelleSWE18-13
6LUITEN, JoostNED18-12

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