Rai on course for first European Tour title

Posted by on November 24, 2018  /   Posted in golf reviews

Aaron Rai is a threefold winner of the Challenge Tour Hong Kong Open third rounder leaderboard-16 Rai (Eng); -10 Fitzpatrick (Eng), Fleetwood (Eng); -9 Garcia (Spa), Scrivener (Aus); -8 Jaidee (Tha), Perez (Fra) Other selected: -7 Park (Kor); -1 Reed (US) Full leaderboard (external)

Aaron Rai from England enters the final day of the Hong Kong Open with a six-shot advantage and of course for his first European Tour title.

Rai, 23, followed a track record 61 on Friday with a two-under-70 on Saturday to extend his lead by one round.

South Korean Hyowon Park hit a three-over-75 to slip further behind Rai, a threefold winner of the Challenge Tour.

Tommy Fleetwood moved with fellow-Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick at 10 o'clock, after he had a four-under-66 card.

Sergio Garcia from Spain is in fourth place after shooting the best round of the day, a six-under-par 64, in which an eagle on the par-four 10th.

Garcia, who won the Masters in 2017, is on nine down next to Park and Jason Scrivener of Australia.

A 69 on Saturday of the American Patrick Reed – the Masters champion – meant that he fell into a draw f or 53rd place on a substandard

"I may not have played as well as the first few days, but you always have those days during a four-round tournament, "Rai said after playing Saturday

" To be able to get through a bit, to stay patient, was a nice thing and to finish it, two below is a good score.

"When you are in a position before you have led and where you have won, it certainly helps – but it is a different stage and it is a different level .

"There are always new experiences in a round of 18 holes, so I will definitely have a new experience in that sense tomorrow."

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