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Kaymer, Westwood eyeing Asian Tour title

Third Round — Asian Tour –Thailand Golf Championship — Amata Spring Country Club — Bangkok, Thailand —

Aussie Marcus Fraser secured the 54-hole lead at the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship with a third-round 70 to reach 5-under overall.

Fraser has a list of headliners eyeing the championship and within striking distance with 18 holes to play near Bangkok at the Amata Spring Country Club.

While India’s Anirban Lahiri is alone in second just a shot back, the group at T-3 and 3-under features U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, former World No. 1 Lee Westwood and 36-hole leader Tommy Fleetwood.

Kaymer also won the PGA Tour’s PLAYERS Championship in 2014, while Westwood captured the European Tour’s Maybank Malaysia Open. Now 13th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Kaymer entered the week as a 16-to-1 betting pick at www.skybet.com.

The top-ranked player in the field is Bubba Watson, the Masters champion and winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last month. Bubba stumbled out of the gate with 76, but has rallied to shoot 70 in round two. His third-round 77 knocked him out of the conversation to win there as he sits T-47.

Sergio Garcia, 7th in the world ranking and the top betting pick heading into the week at 5-1 odds, is T-10 with 18 holes to play.

Look for Fraser, a 55-1 long shot pick, to feel the pressure of the moment. The veteran will have to hold off the pedigree of champions like Kaymer and Westwood to capture the crown.

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