Canada’s Richard Lee, 28, is a two-time Asian Tour champion, having won his maiden title at the Solaire Open in 2014 and the Shinhan Donghae Open in 2017. He is now 41st place on the Order of Merit with a current haul of US$39,005.

Of Korean ancestry, Lee was a runner-up at the US Junior Amateur Championship when he was 15. He finished runnerup at his qualifier to earn entry to the 2007 US Open, becoming the second youngest golfer in the 107-year history of the tournament.

He added: “It’s been awhile since I last shot eight-under. You need to hit your driver well and make putts out there to play well.

I hit a five-iron to about 10 feet and made the eagle putt on 11th. It’s my fourth eagle this week. “The week’s been good. It’s like a vacation to me this week actually.

I’m rooming with my long-time friend Unho Park and I feel really comfortable this week. I am just keeping it steady out there and try to make less mistakes. Yesterday’s round also saw a new course record when ThaiJapanese Kosuke Hamamoto fired a sizzling 10-under-par 62 that puts him three stroke behind the leaders.

The 20-yearold rookie made five birdies on each nine to move into a share of eighth place on 201, three behind the leading trio. His third-round 62 would also mark the lowest to-par round on the Asian Tour this season.

The Sarawak Championship is supported by the Sarawak State government. It is also the Tour’s second stop in Malaysia this season.