Aaron Rai keeps the Hong Kong Open after three rounds. At -16, the Englishman is six strokes ahead of the goal. Victor Perez is 7th at -8.
Aaron Rai is a bit at home in Hong Kong this week. The English pursues his rider alone in this Hong Kong Open. And even if his third round was less sparkling than the day before, the 68 posted by the man with the two gloves is enough to give him 6 shots in advance. Tommy Fleetwood (66 this saturday) and Matt Fitzpatrick (68). Sure that the ultimate bogey at 18 Rai tarnishes the party, especially after such an iron shot at the previous hole. But 6 shots at a goal turn it smells good anyway …
Blunder even if you do not play too little arm Sunday because the pursuers are many and calibrated kind. Because besides Fleetwood and Fitzpatrick, it's a certain Sergio Garcia who points the tip of his putter at the top of the standings. A 64 (-6) halo of 5 birdies and an eagle (at 10, par 4), against a single burr. The Spaniard is 4th at -9 total. A little far maybe, but who knows …
Perez shows his ambitions
Victor Perez does not want to waste time. For his first tournament of the European Tour as a member of this circuit, the French displays without complex a sacred level of play. After his 65 yesterday, he is the author of a solid card of 66 this Saturday. Four under the par, without the slightest bogey, enough to climb to 7th provisional rank at -8 total. What especially garner valuable points in the ranking for his first official steps among the elite.
From his side Grégory Bourdy, the only other French survivor cut, is satisfied with a 71 (+1) and 68th place at +2 total.
What else to put in the tooth?
– Gaffe to Thongchai Jaidee who signs 66 this Saturday to climb to 7th place. The former winner of the Open de France was even a nothing to afford a nice hole in 1 to 12.
– complicated day for Nicolas Colsaerts. The Belgian post 72 (+2) and retrograde in 41st place -2.
– Patrick Reed gave everything yesterday to skip the cut. The American, the title holder of the Masters, had less juice this Saturday and is content with a 69 (-1) for a 53rd place to -1 total.
The catch of the day
The 10 is a par 4 that players can touch in one shot. Sergio Garcia enjoyed it!