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HONMA Hong Kong Open 2018

November 22-25

Hong Kong Golf Club

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November 22-25

Hong Kong Golf Club

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Round 3

Remarkable Rai leads by six in Hong Kong

November 24, 2018

Aaron Rai will take a comfortable six-stroke lead into the final round of the HONMA Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi after stepping up his bid to claim a maiden European Tour title on day three.

Remarkable Rai leads by six in Hong Kong, © Getty Images

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Englishman Rai followed up Friday's course-record 61 at Hong Kong Golf Club with a 68 on Saturday to get to 16 under par and move six clear of countrymen Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

“I certainly didn't play bad. Maybe didn't quite play as well as the first couple of days, but you always have those days during a four-round tournament. To be able to kind of get through it, stay patient, was a nice thing and to finish it two under is a good score today."

“It's going to be to try and kind of stick to the same things. I think when you've been in a position before and where you've led and where you've won, it certainly helps. But it's a different stage and it's a different level."

“There are always new experiences in a round of 18 holes, so I'm sure tomorrow will be a new experience in that sense. But there is also a lot that you can take from things that have happened in the past and the way you've dealt with things in the past, which hopefully puts you in a good position. But again, it's still another 18 holes, so we'll see."

But it was not all plain sailing for the 23 year old, who saw his four-shot halfway lead cut to one as he reached the turn after South Korean Hyowon Park made a fast start to his third round. A string of bogeys saw Park's challenge falter and Rai turned on the style on the back nine to open up a six-shot gap, despite carding a closing bogey.

Ryder Cup star Fleetwood began his third round with a disappointing bogey at the first but picked up birdies at the third, sixth, tenth, 12th and 13th to sign for a 66 and jump to ten under alongside Fitzpatrick.

“I did a lot of good stuff, and some not so good," said Fleetwood. "The wind completely died for the last few, so, I would have liked to have sort of hit it a little closer. Really, over the last few holes, just hit a couple of mediocre iron shots, but I did a lot of good stuff. Got off to a bogey on one, and bogey free from there and pretty flawless. Not an exceptional round, but another good, solid round on a tricky course."

“I'm doing enough good things. I'm two putts short of being well in there, well, I'm still well in there, but there's a low one out there if I can play well. But the course is demanding. As soon as you miss the fairway by one or two yards, it just becomes so difficult, and that's why it's so hard to attack the course and so hard to attack pins when they put them away. It's a real test of patience, especially when I've not really looked at leaderboards, but when you know someone is a long way in front.”

Former Masters Tournament champion Sergio Garcia and Australian Jason Scrivener sit tied fourth on nine under after the Spaniard produced a sensational 64 which included a brilliant eagle at the par-four tenth. Frenchman Victor Perez and Thai Thongchai Jaidee sit a further stroke back at eight under.

“Obviously got off to a great start with three birdies in a row there on two, three and four," said Garcia. "Had a couple good chances on one and five that almost went in, and then made a little bit of a soft bogey on the next. But you know, played solid and gave myself a lot of chances."

“Felt like I made a couple nice par putts when I had to and rolled a couple nice birdie putts towards the end. Hit a good putt on 17 which unfortunately didn't go in but still going to be a little bit far behind. We're going to need a little bit of help from the leaders finishing up, but you know, at least we're getting a little bit closer.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-16
65
61
68
194
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-10
70
62
68
200
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
69
65
66
200
T4
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-9
68
62
71
201
T4
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
65
69
67
201
T4
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
70
67
64
201
T7
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-8
68
68
66
202
T7
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
71
65
66
202
T9
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-7
70
64
69
203
T9
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-7
69
65
69
203
T9
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
68
66
69
203
T12
David Drysdale
SCO
-6
68
69
67
204
T12
David Lipsky
USA
-6
69
66
69
204
T12
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
66
70
68
204
T12
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
69
69
66
204
T12
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-6
74
65
65
204
T12
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-6
71
67
66
204
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
69
68
67
204
T12
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-6
69
69
66
204
T20
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
69
68
68
205
T20
Berry Henson
USA
-5
68
70
67
205
T20
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
68
70
67
205
T20
Justin Harding
RSA
-5
69
69
67
205
T20
Kim Koivu
FIN
-5
69
67
69
205
T20
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
72
67
66
205
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-5
72
64
69
205
T20
Micah Shin
USA
-5
66
67
72
205
T20
Natipong Srithong
THA
-5
70
67
68
205
T20
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
70
67
68
205
T30
Arjun Atwal
IND
-4
66
72
68
206
T30
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
67
71
206
T30
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-4
69
70
67
206
T30
William Liu
CHN
-4
68
68
70
206
T34
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
70
67
70
207
T34
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-3
70
68
69
207
T34
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
68
67
72
207
T34
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-3
69
71
67
207
T34
Shiv Kapur
IND
-3
73
67
67
207
T34
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
65
74
68
207
T34
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
72
68
67
207
T41
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
68
66
74
208
T41
Angelo Que
PHL
-2
71
68
69
208
T41
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
71
67
70
208
T41
Danthai Boonma
THA
-2
67
69
72
208
T41
Grant Forrest
SCO
-2
70
68
70
208
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-2
72
67
69
208
T41
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
72
69
67
208
T41
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
72
67
69
208
T41
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
68
68
72
208
T41
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
72
69
67
208
T41
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
-2
70
68
70
208
T41
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-2
71
67
70
208
T53
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-1
73
68
68
209
T53
Casey O'Toole
USA
-1
69
68
72
209
T53
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
-1
71
68
70
209
T53
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
73
68
68
209
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-1
73
67
69
209
T53
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
75
65
69
209
T53
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
68
71
70
209
T60
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
69
71
70
210
T60
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
71
69
70
210
T60
Jarin Todd
USA
Par
73
67
70
210
T60
John Catlin
USA
Par
70
69
71
210
T64
Danny Chia
MAL
1
72
69
70
211
T64
David Horsey
ENG
1
71
70
70
211
T64
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
68
70
73
211
T64
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
67
71
73
211
T68
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
71
70
71
212
T68
Khalin Joshi
IND
2
68
71
73
212
T68
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
71
69
72
212
T68
Viraj Madappa
IND
2
73
68
71
212
72
David Law
SCO
3
71
69
73
213
73
Matthew Cheung
HKG
4
71
70
73
214
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
2
75
67
-
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
76
66
-
142
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
3
75
68
-
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
69
74
-
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Rashid Khan
IND
3
75
68
-
143
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
71
72
-
143
CUT
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
3
75
68
-
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
70
73
-
143
CUT
Simon Yates
SCO
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
69
75
-
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
4
75
69
-
144
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
76
68
-
144
CUT
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
70
74
-
144
CUT
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
5
73
72
-
145
CUT
Chiragh Kumar
IND
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
5
69
76
-
145
CUT
Keith Horne
RSA
5
74
71
-
145
CUT
Lionel Weber
FRA
5
77
68
-
145
CUT
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
5
76
69
-
145
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
77
68
-
145
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
6
71
75
-
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
73
73
-
146
CUT
Alvin Cheung
CHN
7
75
72
-
147
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
7
73
74
-
147
CUT
Steven Lam
HKG
7
72
75
-
147
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
8
77
71
-
148
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
8
73
75
-
148
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
73
76
-
149
CUT
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
12
75
77
-
152
CUT
Ben Wong
USA
13
79
74
-
153
CUT
Edmund Chapman
ENG
13
77
76
-
153
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
17
75
82
-
157
CUT
Jonathan Lai
CHN
20
82
78
-
160
DSQ
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
71
71
-
142
RET
Chapchai Nirat
THA
Par
77
-
-
77
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
75
-
-
75
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R3
Total
1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-16
68
194
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-10
68
200
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-10
66
200
T4
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-9
71
201
T4
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
67
201
T4
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-9
64
201
T7
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-8
66
202
T7
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
66
202
T9
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-7
69
203
T9
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-7
69
203
T9
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
69
203
T12
David Drysdale
SCO
-6
67
204
T12
David Lipsky
USA
-6
69
204
T12
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
68
204
T12
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
66
204
T12
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-6
65
204
T12
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-6
66
204
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-6
67
204
T12
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-6
66
204
T20
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
68
205
T20
Berry Henson
USA
-5
67
205
T20
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
67
205
T20
Justin Harding
RSA
-5
67
205
T20
Kim Koivu
FIN
-5
69
205
T20
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
66
205
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-5
69
205
T20
Micah Shin
USA
-5
72
205
T20
Natipong Srithong
THA
-5
68
205
T20
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-5
68
205
T30
Arjun Atwal
IND
-4
68
206
T30
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
71
206
T30
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-4
67
206
T30
William Liu
CHN
-4
70
206
T34
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
70
207
T34
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-3
69
207
T34
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-3
72
207
T34
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-3
67
207
T34
Shiv Kapur
IND
-3
67
207
T34
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
68
207
T34
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
67
207
T41
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
74
208
T41
Angelo Que
PHL
-2
69
208
T41
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
70
208
T41
Danthai Boonma
THA
-2
72
208
T41
Grant Forrest
SCO
-2
70
208
T41
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-2
69
208
T41
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
67
208
T41
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-2
69
208
T41
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
72
208
T41
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-2
67
208
T41
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
-2
70
208
T41
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
-2
70
208
T53
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-1
68
209
T53
Casey O'Toole
USA
-1
72
209
T53
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
-1
70
209
T53
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
68
209
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-1
69
209
T53
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
69
209
T53
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-1
70
209
T60
Anton Karlsson
SWE
Par
70
210
T60
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
210
T60
Jarin Todd
USA
Par
70
210
T60
John Catlin
USA
Par
71
210
T64
Danny Chia
MAL
1
70
211
T64
David Horsey
ENG
1
70
211
T64
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
73
211
T64
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
211
T68
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
71
212
T68
Khalin Joshi
IND
2
73
212
T68
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
72
212
T68
Viraj Madappa
IND
2
71
212
72
David Law
SCO
3
73
213
73
Matthew Cheung
HKG
4
73
214
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
-
142
CUT
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
2
-
142
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
2
-
142
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
-
142
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
-
142
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
2
-
142
CUT
Jbe Kruger
RSA
2
-
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
-
142
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
-
142
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
-
142
CUT
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
2
-
142
CUT
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
2
-
142
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
3
-
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
3
-
143
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
3
-
143
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
3
-
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
3
-
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
3
-
143
CUT
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
3
-
143
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
3
-
143
CUT
Rashid Khan
IND
3
-
143
CUT
Richard Lee
CAN
3
-
143
CUT
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
3
-
143
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
-
143
CUT
Simon Yates
SCO
3
-
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
-
143
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
-
143
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
-
143
CUT
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
-
143
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
-
144
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
-
144
CUT
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
4
-
144
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
-
144
CUT
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
-
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
-
144
CUT
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
5
-
145
CUT
Chiragh Kumar
IND
5
-
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
5
-
145
CUT
Keith Horne
RSA
5
-
145
CUT
Lionel Weber
FRA
5
-
145
CUT
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
5
-
145
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
5
-
145
CUT
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
5
-
145
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
6
-
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
-
146
CUT
Alvin Cheung
CHN
7
-
147
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
7
-
147
CUT
Steven Lam
HKG
7
-
147
CUT
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
8
-
148
CUT
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
8
-
148
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
9
-
149
CUT
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
12
-
152
CUT
Ben Wong
USA
13
-
153
CUT
Edmund Chapman
ENG
13
-
153
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
17
-
157
CUT
Jonathan Lai
CHN
20
-
160
DSQ
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
-
142
RET
Chapchai Nirat
THA
Par
-
77
RET
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
Par
-
75