Taco Remkes was making impressive progress in his first tournament on his debut season on The European Tour as the Dutchman climbed the leaderboard in the early stages of the third round of the UBS Hong Kong Open.
The 24-year-old, who last month became the first Challenge Tour player on the 2008 season’s schedule to win three titles when he won a dramatic play-off over Finland’s Roope Kakko at the inaugural Margara Diehl-Ako Platinum Open, started the day seven strokes behind the leaders.
However, four successive birdies from the second moved him to within three shots before a bogey on the par three eighth meant he dropped to four under for the tournament through eight.
Former Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley was another of the early movers at the Hong Kong Golf Club as the Irishman picked up four birdies against one bogey and was three under after 14 holes.
Teenage amateur Jason Hak, who yesterday made history by becoming the youngest player to make the cut on the European Tour, was three over par through 13.
The 14 year old from Hong Kong bogeyed the par four first and though he recovered with a birdie on the third, a bogey on the fifth followed by a double bogey on the par four seventh meant he dropped down the leaderboard.
The leading quartet of South African Louis Oosthuizen, Thai Chawalit Plaphol and English duo Oliver Wilson and Oliver Fisher will begin their third rounds early in the afternoon.