JAMES Ryan Lam hit a 28-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a 67 and a share of the lead after three rounds of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac.
Lam, who started the day four strokes off, moved to 10-under 206, joining Jobim Carlos and Jack Sullivan on top.
Carlos shot a 71, while Sullivan fired a 69.
“I’ll just play my usual game and see what happens in the final round,” said Lam, 30, seeking to finally nail a win after four runner-up finishes, including at PGT Del Monte in June.
First-round leader Elmer Salvador carded a 69 for a 207 to stay within striking distance of the leaders.
Joenard Rates and American Josh Salah shot identical 68s for 208s.
“I played relatively good but made a double bogey on No. 9. When you make a mistake here, it’s hard to recover, so I have to play better and try to keep my game in check tomorrow,” said Carlos.
Sullivan, who hit four birdies against a bogey, said a final-round 68 could win it for him.
Last week’s ICTSI Luisita Invitational winner Clyde Mondilla also turned in a 68 and stayed on course for a second straight victory at 209, while Michael Bibat shot a 69 for a 210 total.