Saturday, 04 May 2019
Genzon Golf Club  (Getty Images)
Genzon Golf Club (Getty Images)

A flying Frenchman, an in-form Spaniard and yet more teenage brilliance stole the headlines on day three of the Volvo China Open.

Here's everything you need to know from Saturday at Genzon Golf Club.

Hebert hits the heights

When Benjamin Hebert turned in 36 thanks to a bogey on the ninth to sit six shots off the lead, you'd have got pretty long odds that he would have topped the leaderboard at the end of the day. What followed was an eight under par back nine containing six birdies and an eagle that catapulted the Frenchman into a three shot lead. It's the first time he has held the 54 hole lead on the European Tour but he knows how to get over the line with six European Challenge Tour victories under his belt. Jorge Campillo and Mikko Korhonen are his nearest challengers ahead of what should be a dramatic final day.

The kids are alright

Yang Kuang's week just keeps getting better and better but he is not the only teenager turning heads in Shenzhen. The 14-year-old became the second youngest player ever to make a cut on the European Tour with opening rounds of 71-71 and on Saturday he posted a 69 to get to five under. Enqi Liang is practically a veteran in comparison at all of 17 years old and he posted a 66 on day three to get himself inside the top 25. The future is bright for Chinese golf.


To say that Jorge Campillo is in form right now would be quite the understatement. After his only missed cut of the season at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, he finished 34th in Perth and had back to back runner up finishes at the Oman Open and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. A top 20 followed in Malaysia before finishing third at the Hero Indian Open and claiming his first European Tour win last week at the 229th time of asking. After a birdie-birdie finish moved him within three of the lead here in China, wins could prove to be like buses - you wait ages for one and then two come along at once.

Unlucky for some

Professional sportsmen are often superstitious creatures and you could forgive some of our players for believing 13 is an unlucky number. Gavin Green had made seven birdies in eight holes to move up into second place on Saturday before a triple bogey on the 13th was followed by two doubles. Wu Ashun went out of bounds off the 13th tee for a bogey that formed part of four in a row from the 12th. And Scott Hend was three under for the day before he racked up an 11 to which he added a double and a triple. Anyone got a rabbit's foot?

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-20
2HEBERT, BenjaminFRA18-20
3CAMPILLO, JorgeESP18-19
4LI, HaotongCHN18-16
T5LIPSKY, DavidUSA18-15

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