14 January 2020
Ormsby Remains In Control At Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong, January 11 : Australia’s Wade Ormsby remained the player to catch after he signed for a four-under-par 66 to head into the final round of the Hong Kong Open with a two-shot cushion on Saturday.
Ormsby has held the lead since the opening day and never looked likely to relinquish his place atop the leaderboard after soaring ahead with an eagle, three birdies and a long bogey for a three-day total of 13-under-par 197.
“The game feels pretty good. I probably struck it the best I have all week early today. Being in front everyone's chasing you, but I kept the mistakes off the card on the back side there. So, I'm in a pretty good position. It is a good golf course and you know I'm not a massively powerful player, so I just have to play to my strengths and this golf course does fit my strengths,” the 39-year-old Australian.
Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul displayed his consistency again at the Hong Kong Golf Club by signing for a 65 to trail the 2017 Hong Kong Open champion in outright second place at the Asian Tour’s season-opening event.
“I'm really thrilled. I got off to a good start today, but most of the time I got off to a good start, then it didn't end well. So, I was just telling myself just to be patient out there, but fortunately today I got away with a lot of shots. Just really lucky today to be in contention again. I would rather be very consistent throughout the year, rather than win and then not perform well at all. So, I'm just going to stick to my game and then when it's time it's going to come,” said Gunn.
While Gunn has yet to make his breakthrough on the Asian Tour, he has racked up 19 top-10s across all Tours in 2019 and the father-to-be showed he could be on the verge of breaking into the winner’s circle this week.
A fit-again Rashid Khan of India returned to full fitness as he made his move with a splendid 63 to share third place with Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris, Korea’s Taewoo Kim and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, who is the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion.
“It was a good back nine from the ninth hole onwards. I got a good birdie there and just got the momentum going again. Australians have done really well here in the past and hopefully I can follow in their footsteps. Tomorrow I’ll just go out and play and what will be will be. You can't control what everyone else does, I'll just control what I do. And if it goes my way it goes my way,” said Rashid.
Hosted by Hong Kong Golf Club, the Hong Kong Open is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association and organised by the European Tour. The tournament sees 120 players compete for their share of the tournament’s US$ 1 million prize purse.