Viljoen set for final push for Asian Tour card

Jan 21, 2023 | Featured, South Africans abroad

His four birdies on the back nine gave MJ Viljoen a one-under-par 70 on Saturday and a chance to secure his Asian Tour card in the Qualifying School-Final Stage at Lake View Resort and Golf Club in Thailand.

After not picking up any shots on his front nine, and dropping a shot on the seventh, Viljoen was able to get the scoring going on the homeward nine with those birdies. Unfortunately, he also dropped two shots with bogeys on the 13th and the 16th, but, in a share of 21st heading into the final round of the 90-hole tournament, he’s set fair to finish inside the top 35 who will earn their playing rights.

There was a cut made to the top 70 players ahead of the final round, and Jaco Prinsloo and Luca Filippi got inside that cut line with fourth rounds of three-under-par 68 each. Also through to the final round was Zimbabwe’s Benjamin Follett-Smith, who had a five-over 76 to slip to five-under for the tournament and a share of 41st. Prinsloo is with him in 41st, and Filippi is in a share of 53rd on four-under.

Kyle Barker slipped to a four-under in the fourth round to miss out on the cut at three-over for the tournament, and Louis Albertse had a one-over to go to five-over for 72 holes and, likewise, miss the cut.

The tournament is being led at 17-under by Australians John Lyras and Jack Thompson.

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