DARREN CLARKE SHOOTS A 64 TO BE
ONE OFF PACE
ASIAN TOUR NEWS RELEASE
Indian duo Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal will step into
the last day of the season at the inaugural Dubai Open holding the
joint lead with South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and South Korean teenager Wang
Jeung-hun after an exhilarating third round today.
fewer than 21 players, all within three shots of the lead, will have a
chance of lifting the top prize at the majestic Els Club Dubai including
Major winner Darren Clarke, pictured, of Northern Ireland who fired a
stunning 64 to end the day one shot back of the leading quartet.
Kruger also shot a 64, the week’s lowest, following a card that
included the Dubai Open’s first hole-in-one and an eagle while
19-year-old Wang, who has not missed a single cut this season, shot
a 68 to put himself in contention for a maiden Asian Tour victory.
leader Kapur, a Dubai resident, overcame two early bogeys with an
inward 31 and a 69 and stayed in the joint lead on 10-under-par 206 with
Atwal, who mixed six birdies against two bogeys for a
players lie a stroke back, including Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat (67) and
Pariya Junhasavasdikul (67), Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka (68), India’s
Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Scotsman Simon Yates (69).
Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who has won twice
this year, fired a 65 to lie on 208 in what promises to be a fantastic
finish to the 2014 Asian Tour season.
who pulled tractor wheels up and down a hill near his farm house in
South Africa to gain power, said he left some shots out on the course
despite nailing a seven iron for his ace on the par three second
hit a seven iron but probably pitched perfect and probably trickled
down,” said Kruger, who is a one-time winner in Asia. “I three-putted 17
and I probably hit it inside of 10 feet probably five times
and didn't make one. So it could have been a lot lower. But you can't
complain with a round like that.
I'm glad I'm in contention to actually try and win, but it all comes down to the day and all comes down to putting."
19-year-old Wang has proven to be one of the revelations of the season
where he hasn’t missed a single cut all year. Six birdies against four
two bogeys put him into uncharted territory as he seeks to
end his year on a winning note.
just don't want to get pressure. I’ll be nervous. I will try to play my
own game tomorrow. My putter improved so much and then my iron shot was
good,” said Wang, who has three top-10s this year.
DARREN CLARKE 'PLAYING BETTER'
Clarke, who won the Open in 2011, charged up the leaderboard with with six birdies and chip-in eagle on the par four 16th
hole. “I've played really well all week but made no putts and made
a mess of the last hole, the ninth yesterday (for double). Hit an awful
lot of good shots and holed a couple of putts today,” said Clarke.
shot two 64s in a Pro Am event in Turkey two weeks ago, the Banco
Classic, so I'm playing better again which is nice. I'm here to play.
I'm not here to make up the numbers. My timing has been off a little
bit because of all the weight that I've lost. So because of that, it's
taken a bit of time and it's starting to come back now.”
Scot Simon Yates is on the same 207 mark as Darren Clarke after rounds of 71, 67 and 69.
LEADING THIRD-ROUND SCORES
Par 216 (3x72) Yardage: 7,538
206 Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-72-64, WANG Jeung-hun (SKOR) 71-67-68, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 73-65-68, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-66-69.
207 Darren CLARKE (NIR) 72-71-64, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-69-67, Pariya
JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-72-67, Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 73-66-68, Simon
YATES (SCO) 71-67-69,
Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-69-69.
208 Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 74-69-65, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 70-71-67.
209 Javi COLOMO (ESP) 69-73-67, Matthew FITZPATRICK (ENG) 70-71-68,
Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 71-70-68, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 69-72-68, MO
Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-71-68,
Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) 72-69-68, Bryce EASTON (RSA) 69-71-69, Joshua
WHITE (ENG) 71-68-70, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-68-70.
211 Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 72-72-67, Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 72-72-67,
Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 70-73-68, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-72-68,
Marcus BOTH (AUS) 70-71-70,
LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-74-70.
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