S.S.P. Chawrasia still ahead in Hong Kong Open as Tommy Fleetwood closes in
Last Updated: 26/11/17 9:59am
S.S.P. Chawrasia retained the lead after the third round of the UBS Hong Kong Open but he has a number of challengers on his tail, including Tommy Fleetwood.
Chawrasia, who started the day two clear, played some steady golf as he carded a one-under 69 at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling to move to 10-under 200 after 54 holes.
The 39-year-old from India is one shot ahead of Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello, who equalled the best round of the week with a 64, and Wade Ormsby of Australia, who also impressed with a 65.
Race to Dubai champion Fleetwood is just two behind Chawrasia after moving up the leaderboard with a four-under 66, which put him alongside Belgium's Thomas Detry and Alexander Bjork of Sweden.
Chawrasia, whose four previous European Tour wins have all come on home soil, extended his lead to three shots in the early stages after taking advantage of the par-five third with a birdie.
He was later joined at the head of the field by Bjork and Ormsby following a bogey at the par-four ninth, but he nosed back in front thanks to a birdie at the par-five 13th and parred his way in from there to remain on course for a wire-to-wire victory.
"I missed a couple of putts, but still, one under, I'm happy," Chawrasia told Sky Sports. "There's still one more round so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
"I have a little bit of pressure but I think tomorrow I can do something. I have to shoot a low number because I know they are shooting low numbers.
"If I am feeling nervous then the other players will also be nervous, but I'm okay. I have played many times in this position so I'm alright."
Cabrera Bello, last year's runner-up, was six off the pace overnight but stormed into contention with his six-under 64 which featured six birdies, two bogeys and a superb eagle at the par-four 10th where he holed his second shot.
Ormsby, 37, who is chasing his first European Tour victory, posted five birdies over the first 13 holes in his flawless round before closing with five successive pars.
Fleetwood, who tied for third place at Fanling last year, went to the turn in just one under but ignited his round at the short par-four 10th when he holed a monster putt for an eagle from the back of the green.
The Englishman followed another birdie at the 13th with a bogey at the 15th before finishing his round in style with a birdie at the 18th thanks to a superb approach shot from the rough.
Detry matched Fleetwood's 66, the highlight an eagle at the 13th, while Bjork had to settle for a 67 after bogeying the 18th.
American Paul Peterson (65) is in sole possession of seventh place on seven under, while Justin Rose (68) is among a group of six players on five under.
The Englishman put himself within touching distance of the lead after three successive birdies from the 12th, but a disappointing finish saw him post back-to-back bogeys on the 16th and 17th to leave him with plenty of work to do if he is to mount a challenge on Sunday.
Masters champion Sergio Garcia found some form after a birdie-less 71 on Friday as he fired a four-under 66 to sit on four under alongside the likes of Matthew Fitzpatrick (67) and defending champion Sam Brazel (66).
Watch the final round of the Hong Kong Open live on Sky Sports Golf from 4am on Sunday.