Ormby remains in control

Credit: Asian Tour

Ormby remains in control

Australia’s Wade Ormsby remained as the player to catch after he signed for a four-under-par 66 to head into the final round of the Hong Kong Open with a two-shot cushion on Saturday.

Ormsby has held the lead since the opening day and never looked likely to relinquish his place atop the leaderboard after soaring ahead with an eagle, three birdies and a long bogey for a three-day total of 13-under-par 197.

Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul displayed his consistency again at the Hong Kong Golf Club by signing for a 65 to trail the 2017 Hong Kong Open champion in outright second place at the Asian Tour’s season-opening event.

While Gunn has yet to make his breakthrough on the Asian Tour, he has racked up 19 top-10s across all Tours in 2019 and the father-to-be showed he could be on the verge breaking into the winner’s circle this week.

A fit-again Rashid Khan of India returned to full fitness as he made his move with a splendid 63 to share third place with Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris, Korea’s Taewoo Kim and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who is the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion.

Leading Scores after round 3 of the Hong Kong Open being played at the par 70, 6710 Yards Hong Kong GC course (am - denotes amateur):
197 - Wade Ormsby (AUS) 65-66-66.
199 - Gunn Charoenkul (THA) 67-67-65.
201 - Rashid Khan (IND) 69-69-63, Terry Pilkadaris (AUS) 68-69-64, Taewoo Kim #1468 (KOR) 69-66-66, Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 68-66-67.
202 - Chan Shih-chang (TPE) 68-67-67, S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND) 70-63-69.
203 - Danny Masrin (INA) 71-67-65, Tony Finau (USA) 69-69-65, Tomoharu Otsuki (JPN) 65-71-67, Shane Lowry (IRL) 69-66-68, Shiv Kapur (IND) 68-66-69, Travis Smyth (AUS) 66-68-69.
204 - David Gleeson (AUS) 66-71-67, Yikeun Chang (KOR) 66-70-68, Prom Meesawat (THA) 67-68-69, Angelo Que (PHI) 67-68-69.
205 - Sadom Kaewkanjana (THA) 71-70-64, Andrew Martin (AUS) 72-68-65, Naoki Sekito (JPN) 73-67-65, Alexander Yang (am, HKG) 69-69-67, Jiho Jung (KOR) 71-65-69.
206 - Charlie Wi (KOR) 73-68-65, Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 72-69-65, Paul Peterson (USA) 73-67-66, John Catlin (USA) 68-71-67, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (THA) 72-66-68, Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 70-68-68, Jack Harrison (ENG) 69-68-69, Chen Guxin (CHN) 67-69-70, Joohyung Kim (KOR) 67-68-71.