Hacked back: Hong Kong’s comeback kid Jason Hak Shun-yat slips three off the pace at PGA Tour China Series event
The 22-year-old overnight joint leader fired a two-under-par third round at the Yulongwan Yunnan Open in China and heads into Sunday trailing China’s Dou Zechengn in Kunming in a tie for second place
Hong Kong’s comeback kid Jason Hak Shun-yat will head into the final round of the Yulongwan Yunnan Open in China three shots off the pace in a tie for second despite carding another under-par round at the Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA Tour China Series event.
The 22-year-old started the weekend at the Yulongwan Golf Club in Kunming in a tie for the overnight lead alongside Paul Imondi of the US after rounds of 63 and 65 had left Hak 14-under-par overall.
But despite a two-under-par third round, which contained three birdies, Hak has it all to do on Sunday after current order of merit leader Dou Zecheng from China blazed a flawlesss eight-under 63 to leap to the top of the leaderboard.
Dou is a three-time winner on the tour this year, while Hak finds himself on 70th place on the order of merit with two top 25 finishes in three events this year having missed the cut in the other.
China’s Luo Xuewen matched Dou’s effort to join Hak and American Charlie Saxon three shots off the pace heading into the final round.
Imondi slipped to fifth, a further shot adrift, after a one-under 70 playing alongside Hak and Saxon.
Remarkably Dou and Luo did not have the honour of posting the lowest third round score as compatriot Zhang Xinjun carded two eagles in a superb nine-under-par 62.
The event is the seventh on his year’s Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA Tour China Series, which will make its first appearance in Hong Kong at the Clearwater Bay Open in November.
The event, which will be held at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, will be the circuit’s first stop outside of mainland China.
Watch Dou Zecheng’s come-from-behind victory at Nanjing Open