Callum Shinkwin makes charge in China

Callum Shinkwin lines up a putt during his third round in the Shenzhen International. Picture: Getty Images
Callum Shinkwin lines up a putt during his third round in the Shenzhen International. Picture: Getty Images
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Korea’s Soomin Lee remains the man to catch in the weather-disrupted Shenzhen International despite some spectacular scoring from England’s Callum Shinkwin.

Shinkwin began the delayed third round at Genzon Golf Club 11 shots off the lead, but carded a brilliant 62 to set the clubhouse target on 12 under par before play was suspended due to darkness.

Lee, who has yet to drop a shot all week, was 14 under after completing 11 holes of his round in one under, with play scheduled to resume at 0630 local time on Sunday.

Shinkwin also had to play his entire second round on Saturday morning after more than six hours of play had been lost to bad weather, but showed no signs of fatigue to card eight birdies and an eagle in his third round to storm into contention for victory in his rookie European Tour season.

The 22-year-old fired five birdies in six holes from the 11th and also eagled the 17th to race to the turn in 29, before picking up further shots on the second, fifth and ninth.

“Tournament-wise it’s my lowest round by three shots, so it’s nice to be able to do that,” said Shinkwin, who beat Matt Fitzpatrick in the final of the English Amateur Championship in 2013 and played in the Walker Cup later that year.

“To tell the truth, I missed a couple of putts as well, including a 10-footer at the 10th, but it was a great round. I drove the ball great and on the par fives I took advantage of the good tee shots. The greens are soft and they are quite slow, but they are very true.

“I was probably on the right side of the draw. I had a whole day off on Friday so I was able to relax, watch a bit of TV and talk to people at home and then I was able to do some practice late evening. I was the last man out on the range and the putting green and then it all kickstarted from there.”

Lee is playing just the sixth European Tour event of his career, but finished third on his debut in Hong Kong last October and was second in the Maybank Championship Malaysia in February, when he led by two with three to play but double-bogeyed at the 16th and 18th.

“I was a little bit nervous today but it turned out okay because I was chipping it well and I was making short putts so that kept me feeling confident,” Lee said.

“I was just trying to keep it bogey-free and not make any mistakes and that will be the same tomorrow. I will just try and hit the fairways and hit the greens and just focus on keeping bogeys off the card.

“This week is really helping my game and my confidence. When I played in Malaysia I felt very nervous but if I have a chance towards the end tomorrow, I think I will be better this time.”

Richie Ramsay sits seven shots off the leaad after dropping two shots in the openining 10 holes of his third round.