Hainan Open R3

Laporta leaps ahead in Hainan

October 17-20
Sanya Luhuitou GC, Donghai Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, China
$350,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Francesco Laporta posted a dazzling eight under par round of 64 on day three of the Hainan Open and will take a two-stroke lead into the final round at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club.

Hainan Open R3 - Laporta leaps ahead in Hainan
Credit: Hainan Open Official Committee

The Italian’s nearest challenger is Wil Besseling, who reached ten under par with a round of 69, while the Dutchman’s fellow 36-hole leader Robin Roussel is a shot further back on nine under par.

Laporta made the turn in 30 following back-to-back eagles at the par five sixth and the par four seventh and he almost carded a third eagle of the day on the 18th, but his approach shot span to within a hair’s breadth of the hole before he duly tapped in for birdie.

“It was just slightly right of the hole, but I won’t complain with a birdie,” he said. “It was a tough hole today; it was very windy and I almost made eagle, but a birdie was enough.


“I’m feeling good. I said that at the start of this week and I still feel the same. I played solid last week at the Italian Open, I’m feeling good and I would like the chance to win one tournament this year. Today was great and I hope to have another one tomorrow.”

The 29-year-old is projected to move to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings with a victory but he insists that is not on his mind, with simply playing well at the forefront of his thoughts.  

“I’m not thinking about winning the Rankings,” he said. “I just want to play well. My aim this week was a top ten and I’m in a good position to be up there. I just want to play well and see what happens.

“I’m going to have an afternoon off. I’ll go to the gym and then just have a couple of hours relaxing. I’ll have a nice dinner and not worry about practicing. I feel a bit tired so I’m just going to rest and get ready for tomorrow.”

The picturesque Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club has received high praise from numerous players this week and Laporta is no different, judging it as one of the best venues of the season.

“It is a lovely course,” he said. “The shape is just amazing. Everything is perfect because everyone is so kind here and the golf course is just unbelievable.

“The hotel is perfect, the course is brilliant and the fairways and greens are perfect. It’s one of the best courses of the year.”


Richard Bland, Sebastian Heisele, Adrian Meronk and Ben Stow are well-placed for a title challenge tomorrow, with the quartet sitting four shots off the lead on eight under par in tied fourth, with Meronk firing a seven under par round of 65 to move into contention.

The leader will get his final round under way at 11.00am local time alongside Besseling and Roussel, with the final round beginning at 8.55am local time.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos .
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
LAPORTA, Francesco
-12
69
71
64
2
BESSELING, Wil
-10
70
67
69
3
ROUSSEL, Robin
-9
69
68
70
4
BLAND, Richard
-8
70
67
71
MERONK, Adrian
-8
72
71
65
STOW, Ben
-8
69
73
66
HEISELE, Sebastian
-8
70
70
68
8
LIU, Yanwei
-7
71
66
72
9
JORDAN, Matthew
-6
67
70
73
YEH, Yu-Chen
-6
70
68
72
9
SANTOS, Ricardo
-6
73
69
68
12
XIAO, Bowen
-5
69
68
74
GEARY, Josh
-5
68
73
70
ZEMMER, Aron
-5
70
71
70
ROZNER, Antoine
-5
65
75
71
WILKIN, Fraser
-5
73
70
68
17
SHARVIN, Cormac
-3
69
74
70
LENGDEN, Oscar
-3
72
72
69
CRAWFORD, Cory
-3
73
66
74
ANGLES, Pep
-3
72
70
71
LINDELL, Oliver
-3
70
72
71
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-3
70
72
71
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
-3
71
71
71
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-3
73
70
70
25
PERRIER, Damien
-2
68
70
76
25
EOM, Jaewoong
-2
69
68
77
BAI, Zheng-kai
-2
70
68
76
MACPHERSON, Bryden
-2
72
67
75
CHAO, Haimeng
-2
71
72
71
HILL, Calum
-2
71
70
73
31
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-1
73
72
70
FERGUSON, Ewen
-1
75
69
71
MCBRIDE, Kade
-1
74
71
70
JIN, Cheng
-1
70
72
73
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-1
71
70
74
COCKERILL, Aaron
-1
72
72
71
SENIOR, Jack
-1
72
71
72
38
BALDWIN, Matthew
PAR
71
74
71
ENOCH, Rhys
PAR
76
69
71
COUPLAND, Dave
PAR
71
73
72
HE, Shaocai
PAR
73
65
78
WU, Hongfu
PAR
71
72
73
KÖLBING, Jonas
PAR
73
70
73
PORTEOUS, Garrick
PAR
70
72
74
COUSSAUD, Ugo
PAR
71
72
73
46
KAKKO, Roope
1
71
73
73
SJÖHOLM, Joel
1
72
73
72
YUAN, Kevin
1
71
73
73
HAK, Shun Yat
1
72
70
75
SCALISE, Lorenzo
1
73
70
74
PAEZ, Nicolas
1
70
71
76
52
YE, Jianfeng
2
73
72
73
VAN DRIEL, Darius
2
74
68
76
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
2
72
72
74
55
FARR, Oliver
3
72
72
75
GLENNEMO, Jacob
3
71
73
75
BOOTE, David
3
72
72
75
KNAPPE, Alexander
3
72
69
78
59
LIMA, José-Filipe
4
69
75
76
CHEN, Guxin(AM)
4
72
72
76
ZHANG, Jin
4
69
74
77
LIN, K.P.
4
71
72
77
63
LIU, Enhua(AM)
5
71
73
77
CUT
64
HAWKES, Simon
2
77
69
146
ECCLES, Ben
2
76
70
146
SYME, Connor
2
73
73
146
LIN, Yung-Lung
2
75
71
146
EASTON, Bryce
2
75
71
146
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
2
73
73
146
YANG, Yinong
2
71
75
146
TILEY, Steven
2
72
74
146
72
McGOWAN, Ross
3
73
74
147
GRONKVIST, Andreas
3
74
73
147
CHIEN, Sam
3
75
72
147
CHEN, Zihao
3
72
75
147
YIN, Yongxuan
3
71
76
147
HUANG, Wenyi
3
74
73
147
YAO, Xuefeng
3
76
71
147
STUREHED, Henric
3
75
72
147
CANTER, Laurie
3
76
71
147
LI, Linqiang(AM)
3
71
76
147
WHITNELL, Dale
3
71
76
147
YUAN, Yechun
3
73
74
147
84
LAMPERT, Moritz
4
76
72
148
HE, Zeming
4
76
72
148
LUO, Xuewen
4
74
74
148
SHE, Zihan
4
74
74
148
FENASSE, Mathieu
4
70
78
148
OUYANG, Zheng
4
74
74
148
90
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
5
74
75
149
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
5
72
77
149
WIEGELE, Martin
5
71
78
149
POKE, Benjamin
5
68
81
149
JIN, Daxing
5
76
73
149
WU, Di
5
75
74
149
96
XU, Guo-zhen
6
77
73
150
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
6
74
76
150
WU, Wenxuan(AM)
6
75
75
150
PIGEM, Carlos
6
78
72
150
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
6
75
75
150
JUNG, Woojin
6
76
74
150
ZHOU, Guowu
6
79
71
150
103
YIP, Linus(AM)
7
73
78
151
SU, Dong
7
75
76
151
CLEMENTS, Todd
7
82
69
151
XUE, Han
7
71
80
151
MA, Chengyao
7
75
76
151
HAVRET, Grégory
7
75
76
151
109
MUIR, Kieran
8
76
76
152
110
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
9
77
76
153
FORD, Matt
9
75
78
153
112
FAN, Shiyu
10
81
73
154
THOMSON, Jonathan
10
72
82
154
CHEN, Yilong
10
78
76
154
TERRAGNI, Cristiano
10
79
75
154
116
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
11
83
72
155
LIANG, Enqi (AM)
11
75
80
155
118
ZHANG, Changlei
12
78
78
156
HUIZING, Daan
12
80
76
156
SIMONSEN, Martin
12
77
79
156
121
ZHUANG, Zhu
13
75
82
157
122
ROBERTS, Oliver
14
77
81
158
HUANG, Chi
14
78
80
158
124
CHEN, Dinggen
16
87
73
160
125
DICK, Jackson
22
87
79
166
RETD
BEARD, Hayden
74
36
110