Kruger soaring high in Shanghai

South Africa's Jbe Kruger believes that he is returning to his best form after carding his week's lowest score of four-under-par 68 at the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.

Jbe Kruger

The South African, who is fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, has been knocking on the winner's door, finishing in the top-10 on five occasions this season.

While he has yet to land his maiden title on the Asian Tour, Kruger knows that his win will come if he plays true to form like how he did at the Sheshan International Golf Club today.

"I played really solid today. I feel that I'm beginning to play my best golf which is good as there are many high profile events coming up over the next few weeks," said Kruger who marked his card with four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.

While he has to overcome an eight-shot deficit before he can entertain any thoughts of lifting the title this week, Kruger is turning his focus on winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

"I want to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit title and I don't see why I can't do so. I've to play well, which is what I'm doing now," said Kruger after posting a three-day total of eight-under-par 208.

Meanwhile Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee knows that he faces an uphill task of winning his first WGC title after signing for a 72 to take tied-20th place.

"It's going to be difficult to win this week but you never know, miracles can happen," said Thongchai, who holds the record of 13 Asian Tour victories.

The three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner got off well with two opening birdies in holes one and two but reached the turn in even-par after bogeys on the fourth and ninth holes.

He recovered with birdies on holes 10 and 14 but was let down again by bogeys on the 15th and 17th holes.

"I couldn't putt as well as I did over the last two days. Maybe it was the rain which made the greens a little softer and I just have to putt better in the final round," said Thongchai

Elsewhere, Korea's K.J. Choi, playing alongside world number three Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros of Spain, posted a 72 to slip to tied-25th place.



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