Friday, 19 March 2010

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal surged up the UBS Hong Kong Open leaderboard to share the lead with England's Oliver Wilson and Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei midway through the third round.

Larrazabal, The European Tour's 2008 Rookie of the Year, started the day four shots off the lead but made his move with an impressive eagle on the par five third and then birdies on sixth, 12th and 13th sent him top at nine under with five holes left to play.

Of the four players who were tied for lead overnight, Wilson was the only one to maintain that position midway through his round.

The 28 year old bogeyed the first but recovered with two successive birdies from the seventh to reach the turn at one under par for the day.

Lin, meanwhile, started the round three shots off the pace but a flawless run on the front nine that yielded three birdies moved him up the leaderboard.

Louis Oosthuizen, who was the overnight leader alongside English duo Wilson and Oliver Fisher and Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol, had failed to pick up any birdies midway through his round and a bogey on the par three eighth meant he was seven under for the tournament at the turn.

Fisher also struggled to build on his promising display from yesterday as three bogeys and just one birdies through nine dropped the 20 year old to three strokes behind the leaders.

Meanwhile, an eagle on the par four seventh helped move major winner Bernhard Langer into contention.

The German veteran began the day four shots off the pace and bogeyed the first to drop to three under.

However, Langer recovered with an impressive run as the 51 year old went birdie-eagle-birdie from the sixth.

Langer picked up another shot on the par four 10th but bogeyed the 12th and trailed the leaders by two strokes after 12 holes.

Colin Montgomerie started his round just one stroke off the lead but made a bad start with a double bogey on the par four first.

The Scot recovered with birdies on the third and fifth but a bogey on the par three eighth meant he dropped to six under for the tournament at the turn.

Teenage amateur Jasan Hak, who yesterday became the youngster ever player to make the cut on the European Tour, completed his round with a three over par 73 and is two over for the tournament.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1LIN, Wen-tangTPE18-15
T1MOLINARI, FrancescoITA18-15
T4PLAPHOL, ChawalitTHA18-13
T6STEEL, IainMAS18-12
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