India’s SSP Chawrasia heads into the final day of the Hong Kong Open with a narrow one-shot lead in Fanling.
A round of 69 on day three kept the 39-year-old ahead of a star-studded chasing field, even though they narrowed his day-three advantage by a single shot.
Chawrasia will look to hold the lead from start to finish on the opening event of the 2018 Race to Dubai.
Ryder Cup player Rafa Cabrera Bello and Australian Wade Ormsby were just a shot back following the third round as Chawrasia, seeking a first European Tour win outside of his home country, moved to ten-under-par 200.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood, the newly-crowned Race to Dubai champion, is on eight under alongside Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Belgian Thomas Detry.
Chawrasia will record a fifth win on the European Tour today if he is able to keep his challengers at bay.
He will have his work cut out as Spaniard Cabrera Bello and Englishman Fleetwood finished second and tied third respectively here last season.
Scotland’s Bradley Neil is on four over a third-round 72.
◆ Jason Day is prepared for a pressure-filled final round at the Australian Open today.
Day moved into position for his first Australian Open title after shooting a two-under 69 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead.
Jordan Spieth didn’t move up the leaderboard much after a 70 but still feels he still has a chance to win his third title Down Under.
Day, making his first appearance back home since 2013, birdied the 18th for a 54-hole total of 203, ten under par, after a tough, windy day that made low scoring difficult.
He’s expecting more of the same today. “It’s going to be just as tough, or if not tougher,” Day said.
“So a lot more patience and hopefully I can pull through with a win.”
Day has a strong recent record of converting 54-hole leads into victories on the PGA Tour. He’s won six from 13 events, but he’s converted five of his past six, including the 2015 PGA Championship.
Second-round leader Lucas Herbert is in second place after a 71.
Jonas Blixt of Sweden shot 66 to move into a third-place tie with Australian Matt Jones (68), three behind Day.
Herbert had held a two-stroke lead over Day, but on the par-3 11th, he pulled his tee shot into thick native bushes.
He and spectators searched but couldn’t find his ball, so Herbert jogged back to the tee to hit his third shot, eventually making a double-bogey 5 to fall level with Day.