Saturday, October 04, 2014



Taipei: England’s Steve Lewton continued his consistent form by carding a two-under-par 70 to lead by one shot in the third round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters
Lewton got off to a great start when he fired three straight birdies starting from the fifth hole before dropping a shot to turn in 34. He then traded one birdie and one bogey on his way home for a three-day total of four-under-par 212 at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course.
Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna signed for a second straight 69 to move into a share of second place alongside overnight leader Adilson Da Silva of Brazil, who posted a 72, in the long-running Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which is celebrating its 28th edition.
Tour rookie Cameron Smith of Australia, ranked 11th on the Order of Merit, and countryman Unho Park are in prime position to win their first Asian Tour title after shooting identical 70s to share fourth place on 214.
Lewton was surprised with his lead as he had previously failed to make the cut in 2012 and 2013. However, his past experiences on this course have spurred him on to contend for a first Asian Tour title.
“I got off to a really good start. The three consecutive birdies from the fifth hole kind of got my round going. I think I’ve learned to play the golf course a little bit better after missing the cuts in the last two years. 
"The grass here in Taiwan is very different from what I grew up playing on back home in England. It has taken me a few rounds to get used to it,” said Lewton.
Lewton has enjoyed a great start to the season with two top-10s and he hopes to translate that good form into a win.
“It had been good for me so far. I enjoyed the course, the weather and being in Taiwan. I am just going to stick to the same game plan tomorrow and continue to do what I’ve been doing,” added the 31-year-old.

Par 216 (3x72) Yardage: 6,923
212 – Steve LEWTON (ENG) 70-72-70.
213 – Antonio LASCUNA (PHI) 75-69-69, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 75-66-72.
214 – Unho PARK (AUS) 72-72-70, Cameron SMITH (AUS) 72-72-70.
215 – Javi COLOMO (ESP) 72-74-69, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 72-73-70, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 74-71-70.
216 – LU Wen-teh (TPE) 74-72-70, Sam CYR (USA) 71-74-71.
217 – Andrew DODT (AUS) 74-70-73, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 71-73-73.
218 – Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 75-71-72, WANG Jeung-hun (SKOR) 73-72-73, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-73-74.
219 – S.S.P CHOWRASIA (IND) 72-77-70, Angelo QUE (PHI) 75-73-71.
220 – Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 75-72-73, ZHANG Lian-wei (CHN) 74-73-73, LU Wei-chih (TPE) 73-74-73, HSU Mong-nan (TPE) 77-70-73, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 73-73-74, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 72-74-74, Elmer SALVADOR (PHI) 74-71-75, Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA) 72-73-75, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-73-76, Paul PETERSON (USA) 72-71-77.



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