Around the green
BMW convertible? Lahiri's ace earns mere champers
There are some nice prizes for holes-in-one - a BMW 640 convertible, an Omega Seamaster, HK$10,000 in cash - so India's Anirban Lahiri must have rubbing his hands when he pinged a nine-iron straight in on 11. Shame he picked the wrong par three. A bottle of Deutz Champagne worth HK$390 was his reward. 'Well, something's better than nothing,' he smiled after the second ace of his career helped him to a 71 to leave him at three over par. 'I'm going to look forward to opening that up with my friends this evening, and hopefully I'll play better tomorrow.'
Just make the cheque out to Junhasavasdikul
Pariya Junhasavasdikul hasn't had a great season, having missed his last four cuts. In contention after recovering from a bogey-double bogey start to shoot 67 for eight under yesterday, he'll be hoping organisers spell his name right on his cheque tonight. 'I hope I can go out there and feel in my comfort zone and enjoy the game like today. I didn't really look at the leaderboard, [and when I did] I saw my name spelled wrong, I kind of laughed at it with my caddie.'
Liang hoping to show his green credentials
Liang Wenchong is flying the flag for China, but the number one admits he has to improve on the greens today. Liang had three birdies and three bogeys to come in level for the day and in total. 'It wasn't bad, but my putting has to improve. The conditions were very good and the greens are fast, but today was better than the first two days without the wind. I'll just try my best tomorrow.' Hong Kong amateur Jason Hak Shun-yat was hoping for a better performance than Friday after scrambling to make the cut, but had a tough day, three bogeys and two doubles for a 73 and four-over total.
Pagunsan stays on course to snare Order of Merit
Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Juvic Pagunsan continued to fend off his nearest rivals with his second 68 to go to four under. Thaworn Wiratchant (-2) is about the only player who could still take it to the last event, but it would probably require the unlikely combination of the Thai winning and the Filipino having a disaster today. 'I'm still not too sure, still one day to go,' Pagunsan insisted, though his family will be in town to help him celebrate when it's finally sealed. 'I'm surprised to be here [in this position]. I've just concentrated harder. My wife and daughter came last night and I'm happy they are here to watch me play. We normally come to Hong Kong every year. Just a little vacation for them.' James Porteous