Volvo China Open - R3

Hebert storms into Chinese lead with late great 28

May 02-05
Genzon Golf Club, Shenzhen, China
CNY 20,000,000
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Benjamin Hebert recorded the lowest nine-hole score on the European Tour since 2015 as the Frenchman tore apart the back nine at the 25th Volvo China Open with an eight under 28 to storm into a three-stroke lead heading into the final round.

Hebert storms into lead with late great 28 in Volvo China Open, © Getty Images
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“That’s golf, a crazy game isn’t it. I played very badly in the front nine, where I didn’t feel good in my swing and just tried to keep focused on what I’m going and I found my rhythm in the back nine so I’m happy.

“I had driver on the ninth which didn’t help me a lot, and I feel very confident with my three wood I can hit it low and long which helped me a lot on the back nine.”

The 32 year old is a six-time winner on the European Challenge Tour but has not yet made his European Tour breakthrough, and he looked completely out of the running as he reached the turn six shots off the lead held by home hope Wu Ashun.

“It’s my first time leading after 54 holes and we’ll see. I’ve worked to be in this position and it’s going to be a very early start so hopefully we’ll have some good conditions and we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to look ahead, I just want to focus on the rest of my day, my rest and see what happens tomorrow.”

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On a topsy-turvy day at Genzon Golf Club, the Chinese star stumbled with four successive bogeys midway through the back nine, while Hebert was on fire – his back nine of eight birdies and an eagle – at the 17th – was rounded off with a stunning 3-2-3-3 finish.

“I had a very good start but got into trouble in the back-nine,” said Wu. “I don’t understand how I got those four bogeys. I hit some really bad tee shots, making it tough for myself to save par after that.

“When I finished playing the 15th, I told myself I had a good chance of making birdies in the last three holes and I was happy I managed to birdie 16. The crowds were great and I’m very happy to see so many of them out here this week.”

Justin Walters of South Africa was the last man to card an eight under 28 over nine holes in 2015 – while there have been scores of 28 in recent years, including Oliver Fisher’s en route to an historic 59 in Portugal last year, all were seven under par.

That earned Hebert an eight under 64 and a three-shot advantage on 17 under, with Mikko Korhonen of Finland and Spain’s Jorge Campillo – a winner last week at the Trophée Hassan II – the closest challengers on 14 under.

“It was a good round,” said Campillo. “I didn’t putt as well as the first two days but overall it was a very good round. I got my round going on nine and managed to save par on 11 and I played my finishing holes well with those two birdies.


“I wish I could make more putts but it was good as I have a chance tomorrow. It was exciting for the crowd as they brought the 18th tee box up.

“It provided you with chances for eagle or birdie. I hope to use my experience from last week to win but if Benjamin plays like he did today, then it’s tough. Hopefully I have a chance tomorrow.”

The home fans will still retain some hope of a Chinese victory, with Wu a shot further back on 13 under after finishing with a level par 72, having been four shots clear of the field standing on the 11th tee.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-17
67
68
64
199
T2
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-14
68
69
65
202
T2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-14
65
69
68
202
4
Ashun Wu
CHI
-13
66
65
72
203
5
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-12
68
68
68
204
T6
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-11
68
69
68
205
T6
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-11
65
68
72
205
T8
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
-10
72
69
65
206
T8
Haotong Li
CHN
-10
67
73
66
206
T8
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
67
70
69
206
T8
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-10
69
67
70
206
T8
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
68
68
70
206
T8
Romain Langasque
FRA
-10
67
69
70
206
T14
Miguel Tabuena
PHL
-9
67
75
65
207
T14
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
-9
68
74
65
207
T14
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
-9
70
71
66
207
T14
Yuta Ikeda
JPN
-9
68
71
68
207
T14
Gavin Green
MAS
-9
67
72
68
207
T14
Marcel Siem
GER
-9
71
67
69
207
T14
Cheng Jin
CHN
-9
69
69
69
207
T14
David Lipsky
USA
-9
65
72
70
207
T14
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
70
67
70
207
T23
Enqi Liang
CHN
-8
70
72
66
208
T23
Paul Peterson
USA
-8
69
72
67
208
T23
Louis De Jager
RSA
-8
72
68
68
208
T23
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-8
69
71
68
208
T23
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-8
70
69
69
208
T23
Richard T. Lee
-8
70
69
69
208
T23
Sean Crocker
USA
-8
68
68
72
208
T30
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-7
69
73
67
209
T30
Julian Suri
USA
-7
69
72
68
209
T30
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
-7
70
71
68
209
T30
Zach Murray
AUS
-7
70
71
68
209
T30
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
70
70
69
209
T30
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
68
72
69
209
T30
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-7
67
71
71
209
T30
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-7
68
69
72
209
T30
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-7
70
66
73
209
T39
John Catlin
USA
-6
66
76
68
210
T39
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-6
74
67
69
210
T39
Wenchong Liang
CHN
-6
71
70
69
210
T39
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-6
69
71
70
210
T39
Micah Shin
USA
-6
69
70
71
210
T44
Yang Kuang
CHN
-5
71
71
69
211
T44
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
69
73
69
211
T44
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-5
68
73
70
211
T44
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-5
75
65
71
211
T44
James Morrison
ENG
-5
71
69
71
211
T44
Berry Henson
USA
-5
70
70
71
211
T44
Sam Brazel
AUS
-5
68
71
72
211
T44
Carl Yuan
CHN
-5
68
71
72
211
T52
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
72
70
70
212
T52
Hongfu Wu
CHN
-4
68
73
71
212
T52
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-4
73
68
71
212
T52
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
71
70
71
212
T52
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-4
68
72
72
212
T52
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
69
75
212
58
Jianfeng Ye
CHN
-3
72
68
73
213
T59
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
-2
69
73
72
214
T59
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
71
71
72
214
T59
Danie van Tonder
RSA
-2
73
69
72
214
T59
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-2
71
71
72
214
T59
Stuart Manley
WAL
-2
68
70
76
214
64
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
70
72
74
216
65
Khalin Joshi
IND
1
69
70
78
217
66
Scott Hend
AUS
2
68
70
80
218
67
Guxin Chen
CHN
3
70
72
77
219
68
Scott Vincent
ZWE
4
70
72
78
220
CUT
Bowen Xiao
CHN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Nicholas Fung
MAL
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
67
76
143
CUT
Shiv Kapur
IND
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Viraj Madappa
IND
-1
76
67
143
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Hyun-Woo Ryu
KOR
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kodai Ichihara
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Zihong Zhang
CHN
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Changping Chen
CHN
1
73
72
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
71
74
145
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
71
74
145
CUT
Wenyi Huang
CHN
1
71
74
145
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
2
72
74
146
CUT
Chieh-Po Lee
CHN
2
71
75
146
CUT
Daxing Jin
CHN
2
66
80
146
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
75
71
146
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
75
71
146
CUT
Sadom Kaewkanjana
THA
2
70
76
146
CUT
William Liu
CHN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Xuewen Luo
CHN
2
72
74
146
CUT
Yinong Yang
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Zihan She
CHN
2
75
71
146
CUT
Andreas Groenkvist
SWE
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
70
77
147
CUT
Chengyao Ma
CHN
3
71
76
147
CUT
Jin Zhang
CHN
3
72
75
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Zeming He
CHN
3
75
72
147
CUT
Zheng Ouyang
CHN
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Shaun Norris
RSA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Shih-Chang Chan
TPE
4
71
77
148
CUT
Chun Liu
CHN
5
70
79
149
CUT
David Gleeson
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
70
79
149
CUT
Dinggen Chen
CHN
5
74
75
149
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
77
72
149
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
75
74
149
CUT
Shiyu Fan
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
5
73
76
149
CUT
Jianshan Li
CHN
6
75
75
150
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Haimeng Chao
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Huilin Zhang
CHN
7
74
77
151
CUT
Jia Zhang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Poom Saksansin
THA
7
82
69
151
CUT
Zhu Zhuang
CHN
7
73
78
151
CUT
Chao Song
CHN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Dong Su
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Dongyu Wang
CHN
8
76
76
152
CUT
Lianwei Zhang
CHN
8
77
75
152
CUT
Shaocai He
CHN
8
74
78
152
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
9
76
77
153
CUT
Shang Zhi
CHN
9
73
80
153
CUT
Yilong Cheng
CHN
9
77
76
153
CUT
Tian Yuan
CHN
11
73
82
155
CUT
Tuxuan Wu
CHN
11
79
76
155
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Bingwen Ma
CHN
13
78
79
157
CUT
Lu Sen Lien
TPE
13
77
80
157
CUT
Zehao Liu
CHN
13
81
76
157
CUT
Weiyu Zhu
CHN
18
79
83
162
DSQ
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
68
71
139
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
74
74
RET
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
69
69
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
0
RET
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
76
76
RET
Thomas Detry
BEL
Par
70
70