BGB staff writer
FANLING, HONG KONG: India’s S.S.P Chawrasia will head into the final round of the UBS Hong Kong Open with a slender one-shot advantage after carding a third round one-under-par 69 at the Hong Kong Golf Club on Saturday.
To be honest, I thought someone would be able to catch me from behind simply because of my putting.
Chawrasia, a six-time Asian Tour winner, is seeking his second win outside India and will be drawing confidence from his recent good form and positive mental approach to his game
The Indian has led from day one of the US$2 million event but is keeping close tabs on his nearest rivals as he goes in search of a wire-to-wire victory at the UBS Hong Kong Open, which is among one of the five events left on the 2017 Asian Tour season.
Hopefully this will give me a chance for tomorrow. I think I’m going to be within reach, so I do believe that I can win it for sure.
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello produced the day’s lowest score by mixing his card with six birdies, one eagle and two bogeys for a three-day total of nine-under-par 201 to sit in second place alongside Asian Tour member Wade Ormsby of Australia.
Thailand’s Poom Saksansin, who started the day tied for third, posted a 70 to slip to a share of 13th place that also featured Justin Rose of England while Masters Tournament winner Sergio Garcia was a further shot back in equal 19th place after he signed for a 66.
Did you know?
– S.S.P. Chawrasia’s best finish at the Hong Kong Open was in 2014 when he finished tied-fifth. He missed the cut last year.
– The UBS Hong Kong Open never had a wire-to-wire winner.
– Rafa Cabrera Bello finished second at the UBS Hong Kong Open last year. The Spaniard’s 64 ties his lowest ever round at the Hong Kong Golf Club where he shot a similar 64 during the first round of the UBS Hong Kong Open last year.
– Ormsby earned his 2012 Asian Tour card at the Qualifying School in Thailand. He had his first Asian Tour victory in India the following year.
– Poom is a two-time Asian Tour winner. He won his first title in Indonesia last year before injuring his back. He returned to his best form when he won the TAKE Solutions Masters in India in August.
– Earlier in his career, Poom played mostly on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) where he won once in 2015.
– Poom earned Asian Tour card by finishing tied 18th at Qualifying School on home soil in 2014.
– The 24-year-old also helped Thailand claim the team gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 2013.