Alejandro del Rey and Jeunghun Wang will go into the final round of the Singapore Classic sharing a one-stroke lead after the pair carded six under par rounds of 66 at Laguna National Golf Resort Club.
Spaniard del Rey, who secured his card for 2023 at Qualifying School, will go in search of a maiden victory on the DP World Tour, while Wang will be bidding for his fourth DP World Tour title.
Del Rey carded seven birdies and an eagle as he signed for a 14 under par total, joined on that number by Wang who carded six birdies on his final seven holes.
Wang returned to action on the DP World Tour at the start of this season after completing his mandatory military service in South Korea. The 2016 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award winner secured his three titles in the space of just nine months from May 2016 to January 2017, his last win coming at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
The pair are one stroke ahead of Englishman Richard Mansell, who represented Great Britain & Ireland at the Hero Cup last month. Mansell surged through the pack as he carded the low round of the day, a seven under 65, to move into solo third.
One stroke further back on 12 under par are last year’s Challenge Tour Number One Nathan Kimsey, Northern Irishman Tom McKibbin, Marcel Schneider of Germany and Finland’s Sami Välimäki.
Alejandro del Rey: “I’m playing pretty solid. It’s a course I’ve liked since the first day. The first day was okay and I told my caddie let’s have a good one in the second round because I know I have a low one here and I can shoot low scores. It’s a place that suits me pretty well and it’s about dropping the putts. They’ve dropped pretty well so far. I hope to continue tomorrow.
“I was pretty happy (at the start). I barely missed an eagle chance on three. Still happy with three birdies to start. It’s the kind of start where you can make pars and be a little disappointed. To get it going that early was a great feeling. I thought I didn’t play as good as yesterday but still managed to get a low round. With the start it helps, but it was still a good round to go out and shoot six under without my best stuff.”
Jeunghun Wang: “I think I played really well today and the last two days as well. I changed my putter two weeks ago and that has worked really well. I think that’s the reason I’ve played so well. I didn’t really think about birdies. I just kept playing, aiming at the flag and it worked.
“I still cannot believe I’m here. I’m really excited to play every event. I just try to enjoy it and when I’m feeling bad or sad, I always think about military service and then I feel better.
“I’m not thinking about winning right now. I’ll just play my own game tomorrow and hopefully it will work.”
Richard Mansell: “We started the day, obviously people were finishing this morning and the tee times came out and I had 35 minutes to warm up. Quickly got on with and the caddie said let’s just get after it. Had a couple of good breaks today that I feel I’ve been missing the last few weeks, I was happy to capitalise.
“I feel like I’ve played some good stuff this week. We’ve really tried to chill out, I’ve played a lot of golf since the Hero Cup, made all the cuts but haven’t quite played as well as I’d liked. So I’ve used more energy and stress in recent weeks than I would have like to. We’ve tried to chill out, with the humidity and the delays its been nice to focus on ourselves, put a good score together and give ourselves a chance.”