Hong Kong Open

Hong Kong Open 2013 - Day 3 live - Stuart Manley shoots 66 to take one-shot lead into final day

Perhaps up to 20 players will be in contention on the last day at Fanling

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 December, 2013, 10:22am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 December, 2013, 5:55pm


-10 Manley

-9 Ormsby, Kapur

-8 Webster, Lara, Jimenez,

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat, Cejka

Day 3 Scores


Some final thoughts on day 3's action from tomorrow's contenders: 

Shiv Kapur (69-66-66, -9): I played solid all day. The key for me, setting out, I wanted to go bogey-free and to do that is pretty good.

For me winning recently in the last couple of months has been good and I know what kind of juices will be flowing and I know what to expect, and also realise that sometimes you can make a couple of mistakes and still win a golf tournament, and I think that's been the biggest realisation for me in the last few months


Wade Ormsby (67-68-66, -8): My game feels good, made a lot of birdies out there today, made a few little soft mistakes early on but overall pretty hppy. 

Just keep doing what I'm doing on the final day, try to get myself in the mix with a few to go and if all things go to plan, I should be near enough.

Steve Webster (71-66-65, -8): The weather was perfect so I think you've got to score low on days like this. I've had three injections in my wrist, it's bandaged up but it feels good at the moment. So there's no worries.

Sunday will be pretty much the same as today, hit fairways, hit the greens, make putts.  

Okay that's all from us here in Fanling. It's shaping up very nicely for the final day, and I have no idea who's going to win it. Come back tomorrow for the last day's action


Well that was a quick day's play. At the end of it, Wales' Stuart Manley is leading the Hong Kong Open by one stroke after a 66 to lie 10 under par.

Manley, 34, played some excellent golf but a few horseshoe putts and a desperately unlucky bogey on 16, when what looked a superb shot to the pin bounced off a sprinkler head and went wild, prevented him from going into the final day at Fanling with a wider lead. 

Manley, who won the Challenge Tour's Finnish Challenge in August and the EuroPro Tour's Scottish Masters last year, only returned to the European Tour this summer after finishing 10th in Q-School and has never won a European Tour event.

Stuart Manley (67-67-66, -10): "Pretty much from the first hole every shot was heading towards the pin. If I had a good day on the greens it could have been really good round. I've taken out so many pins.

The 16th was really disappointing, if it doesn't hit the sprinkler head it's going stiff,  but to bounce back with a birdie on the next was great. 

It'll be the same approach tomorrow. First two rounds the same, I've been going for every hole, I'm not going to change my approach, I'm loving it at the moment.

I've led a few events on the Challenge Tour, so hopefully that'll help me tomorrow. 

It would mean the world to me to win on the European Tour."

Manley will play with the leading Asian player in the field, Shiv Kapur. The Indian and Australia's Wade Ormsby are one shot back on nine-under, while three players - England's Steve Webster and Spanish former champions Jose Manuel Lara and Miguel Angel Jimenez - are on eight-under. The Spaniards will form an attractive pairing on Sunday's final day.

But the field remains extremely tight. The top 14 players are separated by just four shots, the top 20 by five - nobody's yet really burned up the course, and anyone from the top 20 could conceivably be in with a shout.

Overnight leader Jbe Kruger's challenge faded early. The South African bogied the first and never got going, a double bogey and two further bogies on the back nine leaving him three over for the day and six shots behind playing partner Manley.





-10 Manley

-9 Ormsby, Kapur

-8 Webster, Lara, Jimenez,

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat, Cejka

Day 3 Scores


That's Manley finished up on 18. Solid drive, solid iron, solid par. Only two bogies all day and the second of those desperately unfortunate after his approach on 16 pinged off a sprinkler head. 

He's never won a European Tour event, but he heads into the final day one in front. 

Plenty in contention though - top 15 are only four shots back, top 20 five. 

Tough day for overnight leader Jbe Kruger, finishes with a 73 for -4

Let's go hear what Manley has to say




-10 Manley

-9 Ormsby, Kapur

-8 Webster, Lara, Jimenez,

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat, Cejka


Tremendous putt from Manley on 17 from 18 feet to get to -10 again. Great recovery after that hugely unlucky bogey the hole before. 

Wade Ormsby's birdied 18 to go to -9. Seven birdies for him on the back nine  today.

Shiv Kapur also birdied 18 to join the group on -9. Flawless round for him, four birdies. 

Players are fair rattling through their rounds, 3 hours 25 minutes for Manley and Kruger to get to the last




-9 Manley

-8 Webster, Lara, Kapur, Ormsby, Jimenez,

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat, Cejka



Another tough one for Manley to take on 16 - wedge from 130 yards looked perfect to land pin-high for another birdie, but it's bounced off a sprinkler head and gone flying to the back of the green.

He then left a deadly 60-footer 10 feet below the hole, and missed the par putt. Very, very harsh. When the ball was in the air, it looked like a birdie approach, five minutes later he's got his second bogey of the day. 

Playing partner Kruger birdies to get back to -5

Aiya, Manley misses a good birdie chance on 15, an eight-footer lipping out.

Prom Meesawat has finished his round, a decent 67 for -7. He's played well but hasn't holed enough putts, could have been a much better score. Three birdies and no bogies.



-10 Manley

-8 Webster, Lara, Kapur, Ormsby, Jimenez, 

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat


That big roar we heard was for Miguel Angel Jimenez's second to the green on 18 - it finished tap-in distance shy of the hole, meaning another birdie. He had bogies on the last in his first two rounds, so that was a better finish today. Just the one blot on Jimenez's copybook today, that double-bogey on 15. Were it not for that he would be right up there with Manley, but he's still well placed to retain his title tomorrow.

A large crowd has gathered by the 18th green to watch the leaders come in, and they gave Jimenez and his missus a huge cheer as he gave her a kiss coming off the green. He's a big favourite here - and if you were being uncharitable you might say he's also one of the few faces fans recognise this year.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (70-67-65, -8) It's nice, I'm hitting the ball very well on the course. One more round to go, I hope I can keep hitting the ball that way. I love this place

Now, all eyes on Manley over the last four - can he stretch his lead?




-10 Manley

-8 Webster, Lara, Kapur, Ormsby

-7 Sjoholm, Jimenez, Meesawat, Que



Tremendous putt from Manley on 13 from about 20-foot, lipping around the hole before dropping and he's the first player to get to double figures under.

Angelo Que of the Philippines has just nailed a 10-footer to the heart of the cup on 15 after bogeying 14. He's got four birdies in his last five holes. 

We've just heard huge cheers from 18 in the media centre - let's go see what's up




-9 Manley

-8 Webster, Lara, Kapur

-7 Sjoholm, Jimenez, Meesawat, Ormsby



Jimenez has hit back immediately after his double bogey, birdieing 16 to move back to -7

Fellow Spaniard Jose Lara's just come in after an impressive 65. Having lost his card this year the 2006 Hong Kong Open winner is desperate to make it two titles here tomorrow

Jose Manuel Lara (69-68-65, -8) Today I played some of my best. Very happy and in contention that's all I can ask for. I know the course well ... hopefully my experience can count. I lost my card this year and I need a win.



-9 Manley

-8 Webster, Lara 

-7 Sjoholm, Meesawat, Que, Kapur



Oh dear. Jimenez has made a mess of that on 15, duffing from off the green with his third, then missing badly with his bogey putt from eight feet. Double bogey sees him slip

And Kruger's had a double too. He was lost somewhere in the wilderness to the side of the 11th fairway but not out of bounds. Eventually he took a drop, then missed a difficult 20-footer for a double bogey

Meanwhile, Asian Tour players Meesawat, Que and Kapur are all going well. Meesawat has had a lot of chances today but his putter hasn't been firing. Lara's nearly coming to the end of his round, last chance for another bird



All happening now. Kruger's god seems to have forsaken him - he's lost somewhere in the bushes - while Jimenez has just duffed one to the side of the green on 15 from a seriously awkward lie. Both set to drop shots

Lara's holed a six-footer on 17 to get back to -8



-9 Manley

-7 Jimenez, Webster

-7 Sjoholm, Lara


Manley's moving. An absolutely superb pitch to six feet on 10 and a routine birdie putt, while playing partner Kruger scrambled to save par. 



-8 Jimenez, Lara, Webster, Manley

-7 Sjoholm

Boom, Jimenez rolls one in from eight feet above the hole on 14. I said he might get a run going on the back nine. He had five birdies on those holes yesterday, can he match it?



-8 Lara, Webster, Manley

-7 Sjoholm, Jimenez


Jose Lara's reeled off three birdies in a row and we now have a three-way tie on -8. Steve Webster's birdied four out of seven on his back nine, and Jimenez has just birdied 13 to go to -7. Will anyone bust clear before the end of the day? Manley and Kruger are about to hit the back nine, and I think the Welshman could be nicely placed. Kruger's bogied 9 to slip to -6







Manley almost got a hole in one on the eighth, just missing out on a free BMW - and a chance to go 2 clear. As it is he's on his own at -8

It's getting really congested. Eleven players are on -7 or -6, and 26 are within four shots of the lead. Somebody is surely going to breakaway on the back nine




Just as I finish typing, Manley holes a good putt on seven for his second birdie. Back to a five-way tie at the top




Jimenez is going very nicely. Six of the easiest holes on the course today - 13, 12, 10, 17, 15, 14 - are on the back nine and Jimenez has all of them except 10 - which he's already birdied.

Fisher's incredible run was halted by a par on 16, but he's got two more to open a gap.

Kruger and Manley in the leading group are just ticking along, one birdie, one bogey each. 



-7 Manley, Kruger, Sjoholm, Fisher

-6 Makitalo, Webster, Jimenez, Kataoka, Meesawat, Cejka, Ormsby

-5 Randhawa, Lahiri, Kakko, Lara, Kapur, Kofstad



England's Oliver Fisher has caught fire: birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie from 12, 2-3-3-3. He's another player without his card

Manley's just narrowly missed a couple of birdie opportunities on 4 and 5. Going well though. 

Jimenez looks up for it - he's not going to relinquish his title without a fight, and has just slotted in his third birdie of the day to go co-leader


Indian Jyoti Randhawa had a 66 earlier and here's an interview the Asian Tour have posted with him for the millions following this live blog on the subcontinent





-7 Manley, Kruger, Sjoholm

-6 Makitalo, Lahiri, Fisher, Meesawat, Kataoka, Cejka, Ormsby

-5 Randhawa, Lara, Webster, Jimenez, Kapur, Kofstad



Lovely long putt on the second green from Stuart Manley, and he overtook his playing partner Jbe Kruger in just two holes to take the outright lead. 14 players have birdied the second today and one's eagled it.

But Kruger's just got back to level for the day with a birdie on the par-5 third. 

Joel Sjoholm's holed a monster putt on the 18th for his fifth birdie of the day and a 65 for a share of the lead. He and playing partner Jaako Makitalo had 9 birdies between them and no bogies.


Joel Sjoholm (68-70-65, -7): "I actually played really good golf today. Not too many fairways, but I didn't miss badly. It looks good seeing my name at the top of the leaderboard right now, but I think the guys in the afternoon will put in some good rounds. I'll have to go deep tomorrow to see my name still up there at the end, -2 or something isn't going to be enough.

"I always have a good time playing with Jaakko, us Scandinavians have a joke together and it's always slightly easier when you know you're going to enjoy who you're playing with





-6 Makitalo, Sjoholm, Lara, Manley, Kruger

-5 Kakko, Ruangkit, Meesawat, Kapur, Kofstad, Cejka, Jimenez



Overnight leader Jbe Kruger has just teed off on the first with Stuart Manley. But it's not a good start. into the bunker to the side of the first green, then missing a 15-footer back for bogey. It's now a five-way tie for the lead.

The form match of the day is Jaakko Makitalo and Joel Sjoholm, the Finn and the Swede with three and four birdies respectively in two flawless rounds as they hit the 16th.    

Jimenez has started well, just rolling in his second birdie of the day on No6 to get back to -5

Meanwhile, the crowds are well up on the first two days, Hong Kong golf fans still showing they have an appetite for the event despite this year's weakened field.

It makes the failure of the organisers to find a title sponsor in one of the world's richest cities, full of golf-loving investment bankers, all the more mystifying. Efforts by colleagues to pin down relative stakeholders on these matters today have been met with cold shoulders. 


-7 Kruger

-6 Manley, Sjoholm, Lara

- 5, -4, 20-odd guys



Couple of players starting to make their moves here. Jose Manuel Lara got his first tour win at the Hong Kong Open in 2006, and he's within one of Kruger after birdieing three of his first five holes (both par-3s and the par-5). Lara lost his European Tour card this year, having been on it since 2003, so another result in HK would prove useful

Joel Sjoholm of Sweden has shot up 25 places, with birdies on 6, 10, 12 and 13. 

And on -5, -4, -3, there's 32 players, all within a decent round of the mark set by Kruger yesterday. 

Defending champion Jimenez has started his round, and he's regained a little ground after his first three holes with a birdie on No3. 

Just over 15 minutes til Kruger and Manley tee it up in the leading match.



-7 Kruger 

-6 Manley 

-5 Chowrasia, Karlberg, Kapur, Cejka, Ormsby, Kakko

-4 hunners of others

Full leaderboard



Finland's Roope Kakko kicks off his round with an ace on the second hole to leap to -5. He won his first tournament as a professional in October (thanks Wikipedia), so it's been a good few months. I don't think there is any special prize on that hole though. A Beemer and plane tickets are available on the other par-3s. 

Meanwhile, Havret shot a 65 to finish five under for the day and four under in total.

SSP Chowrasia has started well, two birdies from his first four holes, as has Rikard Karlberg, two from his first three. They join the group on -5 as the action starts to get warm. 





To be honest, we've all been watching the cricket, not the golf over the last half-hour. My Australian colleague Mathew is positively priapic and the first signs of a handlebar moustache have mysteriously sprouted from his face. 

But we should update the golf, I guess.

Most noteworthy from the morning starters so far is Swede Johan Carlsson. He's gone to four under with four birdies, having shot level par in both his first two rounds. He has six holes left. 

France's Gregory Havret has also had four birdies, to lie three under. Three holes to go. 

Javier Colomo has three birdies and a bogey from his first six holes and is on -4. 

There's 22 players yet to start their rounds, with defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez off in about 20 minutes.



Just been reading all the transcripts of player interviews from yesterday's action. If, like all right-minded individuals, you find nothing more fascinating than the thoughts of golfers, you can read them all here

The most interesting snippet, I thought, was Robert-Jan Derksen recalling that he won a kilogram bar of gold at this tournament for a hole-in-one in 2005. That was in the good old days when the tournament had a title sponsor - he'll be lucky to get a bar of chocolate this weekend. Meanwhile, his gold is worth $43,411.66 today, having nearly tripled in value. (Note to burglars: according to Wikipedia, Djerksen lives, as do many Dutch celebrities, in the village of Blaricum. Fill yer boots)

Q.  Is it my memory or did you win a gold bar here one time?
ROBERT‑JAN DERKSEN:  That is definitely true.  It's a long time ago though, but I've still got it and it's actually the best investment I've ever made.  I think it was worth 14,000 when I won it and at one stage I think it was 36 or something.  I've still got it, so in the safe at home.

Q.  Do you ever go and look at it?
ROBERT‑JAN DERKSEN:  I do actually (laughing).  But it's nice and safe.  It's great, UBS were sponsoring it then and it was fantastic to win it, and that's why I still kept it.




-7 Jbe Kruger

-6 Stuart Manley

-5 Shiv Kapur, Wade Ormsby, Alex Cejka

Full leaderboard


Just having a look at the stats from round 2. Interestingly, although leader Jbe Kruger has been hugely impressive from tee to green - top or near top in driving accuracy, driving distance and greens in regulation - his putting hasn't been that great - apart from his back nine yesterday, when he shot six birdies. One of the many Christians on tour who are convinced that God takes a personal interest in the state of their golf game, Kruger said his hot streak yesterday was entirely down to the man upstairs. Let's see if He intervenes today.

Stuart Manley, one shot back, on the other hand is almost as impressive tee to green, but his putting stats look a lot healthier and he has the most birdies (13) of anyone in the field. Worth a punt perhaps.

Wade Ormsby (-5) has only dropped two shots in two days, so if he can get a run of red on the board he should also contend.


-7 Jbe Kruger 

-6 Stuart Manley

-5 Shiv Kapur, Wade Ormsby, Alex Cejka

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Good morning from another beautiful day at Hong Kong Golf Club

Perhaps up to half the congested field are still in contention as the weekend action begins, but it's South African Jbe Kruger who leads the way at seven under, one ahead of Wales' Stuart Manley.

That par will tee off in just under three hours. Full tee times here. Thirty-four players are out on course at the moment - nothing of great note to report just yet. The only Hong Kong player left in the field, Timothy Tang - who had to play on his own as the odd man out in the field and last to make the cut - has finished his round, a 72 to leave him on +3. 

You can catch up with our coverage from day 2 here: 

Jbe Kruger leads tributes to Mandela

Stark reality of life as professional hits home for Jason Hak at Fanling

Angelo Que storms into contention

Liang Wenchong vows to return next year