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Golf: China No. 1 Liang leads Fung, Lipsky at Resorts World Manila Masters

China No. 1 Liang Wenchong shot a third-round 67 for a one-stroke lead in the Resorts World Manila Masters at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. Photo: Asian Tour.

China No. 1 Liang Wenchong shot a third-round 67 for a one-stroke lead in the inaugural Resorts World Manila Masters at Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club. Photo: Asian Tour.

November 16, 2013: China’s Liang Wenchong broke clear of the chasing pack when he posted a third-round five-under-par 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final day of the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters.

 

With a host of players battling for the outright lead at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, it finally took a birdie on the 17th hole to give China’s No. 1 pole position before he finished the third day at 13-under.

 

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung (70) shares second with Korean-American David Lipsky (69) at 12-under, one ahead of India’s Himmat Rai (68) and second-round co-leader Jazz Janewattananond (72) – aged just 17 – at the Asian Tour’s newest event.

 

Liang, 35, started his round three shots off the pace, but quickly reduced his deficit with birdies in his opening two holes. The Chinese dropped his only shot of the day at the par-three fifth, but recovered with a birdie on the ninth to turn in 34.

 

Liang then birdied three of his last five holes to remain firmly in contention for his third career win on the Asian Tour, having this year recorded top-five European Tour finishes in India, Russia and Austria, and finished joint runner-up in the Nanshan China Masters on OneAsia.

 

“It was another great round and I’m happy I managed to stay patient throughout the day,” said Liang, the only Chinese golfer to have broken into the world’s top 100, reaching a career high of 57th in 2010.

 

“If you look at the leaderboard, the race is still wide open. Anything can happen and I just have to concentrate and hope things go my way tomorrow.”

 

The 23-year-old Fung, who currently leads the ranking on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), is excited with the prospect of lifting his maiden title on the main circuit.

 

“It will be the first time I’ll be playing in the final group and I’m going to try my best to win,” Fung said. “The conditions were really tough and I struggled, but luckily I’m only one shot back of Liang and I’ll try my best to overtake him.”

 

Lipsky, 25, also believes the contest is far from over as he goes in search of his second Asian Tour win, having only made three cuts in eight events on this year’s circuit.

 

“The course was playing really tough. The wind was picking up and the greens are really firm. I’m happy with my round and looking forward to the final day,” said Lipsky, who won the Cambodian Classic last year.

 

“I struggled a little bit with my swing earlier this year, but it’s getting back on track now. It’s just great to be back in contention. If I can win, it would be even better so we’ll see how it goes.”

 

Resorts World Manila Masters (Round 3), Manila Southwoods G&CC, Philippines

203 – LIANG Wenchong (CHN) 67-69-67.

204 – David LIPSKY (USA) 66-69-69, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 70-64-70.

205 – Himmat RAI (IND) 68-69-68, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 64-69-72.

206 – Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 67-71-68, S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 71-66-69.

207 – Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 66-73-68, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 66-73-68, David LUTTERUS (AUS) 68-70-69, Jaakko MAKITALO (FIN) 69-68-70, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 68-68-71, Stephen LEWTON (ENG) 70-66-71, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 69-67-71, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-67-72, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 67-67-73, Angelo QUE (PHI) 67-66-74.

208 – MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 71-68-69, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-70-70, Anthony KANG (USA) 67-71-70, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-70-71, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-68-71, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 68-66-74.

 

Selected scores

212 – Digvijay SINGH (IND) 70-68-74, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 72-69-71, Mardan MAMAT (SIN)

213 – ZHANG Lianwei (CHN) 68-72-73, Rory HIE (INA) 73-67-73

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