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Friday, 19 March 2010
Volvo China Open - Round Three  (Getty Images)
Volvo China Open - Round Three (Getty Images)

Richard Finch was clinging on to his one shot advantage at the Volvo China Open but a host of contenders for the title were emerging during the final round.

Last year’s The Irish Open winner started the day eight under par in Beijing but a bogey at the third saw him drop a shot through his first six holes.

His closest challenger overnight, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, was unable to take advantage as he carded two bogeys and a birdie in his first six to slip back to six under

The 28 year old was joined on that mark by New Zealand’s Mark Brown, who followed up his third round course record 65 with three birdies in his first eight holes.

Australian Scott Strange and England’s David Dixon were also in the mix at six under through eight, with Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and Austrian Markus Brier a shot further back.

The 31 year old Finch had revealed after round three he would not be losing any sleep over how to approach his last 18 holes at Beijing CBD International GC.

“I've never been a person who goes with game plans and planning things out the night before because there's so many variables, where they put the pins, what the weather's like,” he said.

“It's very difficult to say I'm going to attack certain holes, it just depends how it is at the time.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
FRASER, MarcusAUS18Par
MAYBIN, GarethNIR18Par
DEL MORAL, CarlosESP18Par
JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18Par
MCKENZIE, DavidAUS18Par
HAIG, AntonRSA 9
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