More changes at the top of the leaderboard at the Asian Tour Q School and good news for Englishman Ally Mellor. The man from the Isle of Wight shot a 1 under par 72 to move into joint first place with Eduardo Herrera of Columbia and Daisuke Maruyama of Japan. They are all 7 under for the tournament.
Meanwhile, John Parry of Harrogate who led after two rounds dropped down to tied 6th and the best move by a Brit came from Andrew Marshall from Sutton-in-Ashfield, a regular on the European Tour until this season, whose 69 shot him up to tied 9th.
Mellor’s progress has been the most impressive out in Thailand. “I was really consistent despite it being a lot windier today. I am quite happy with my performance. I’ve been here for two weeks since the First Stage. I am trying to play down the pressure and take it a step at a time. I’m still adjusting to the heat but I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” said Mellor.
And there lies the problem for Europeans playing regularly in Asia – the temperature and the humidity. I played two rounds in Singapore in November a couple of years ago and it was unbelievable. There were locals dressed in four layers of linen to keep out the sun and I was barely able to walk 18 holes in the thinnest golf shirt and shorts I could find.