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SSP the man to catch in final round at the UBS Hong Kong Open

SSP Chawrasia of India pictured during round three of the UBS Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 25, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Getty Images)
SSP Chawrasia of India pictured during round three of the UBS Hong Kong Open at The Hong Kong Golf Club on November 25, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (Photo by Arep Kulal/Getty Images)

SSP Chawrasia remains the man to catch with 18 holes to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open, with the Indian hoping to hold off a hugely talented chasing pack bursting with star names at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

Chawrasia’s third round 69 took him to ten under for the tournament and one shot clear of Rafa Cabrera Bello and Wade Ormsby, whose respective scores of 64 and 65 saw them charge through the field.

Europe’s number one Tommy Fleetwood, meanwhile, is looking to make the perfect start to the defence of the Race to Dubai crown he won in Dubai in this the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

The Englishman carded a third round 66 to move into a tie for fourth place alongside the hugely talented duo of Belgium’s Thomas Detry (66) and Swede Alexander Björk (67) with American Paul Peterson a further shot back on seven under after his outstanding 65.

Olympic champion Justin Rose and Masters champion Sergio Garcia are five and six shots back but by no means out of contention, especially if they can hole a few more putts in the final round.

Both men endured a frustrating day on the greens of the Hong Kong Golf Club, with Garcia in particular producing a shot-making masterclass on day three. It would be no surprise to see either man making a final round charge on what is sure to be a thrilling final day in Hong Kong.

Player quotes

SSP Chawrasia: “I’m happy with the score today, although I definitely left a couple of shots out there. I felt a little extra pressure today which probably why missed a couple of putts but I will think I can do something special tomorrow. This course really suits my game but this is the first year that I have played well here and I am leading. I’m looking forward to tomorrow – I have played with Cabrera Bello many times and he is a nice guy. I’ll definitely have to shoot a low number to win because someone just behind me will definitely go low.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello: “I did get it going on the greens today which was the difference. I managed to hole some good putts. Hopefully this will give me a chance for tomorrow. I think I’m going to be within reach, so I do believe that I can win it for sure. The wind has made it much tougher.  Especially the first two days, it was very breezy.  Today I think the wind has dropped down a little bit, stayed a bit more consistent.  But the first and second round, they were very tough, very gusty and all over the place.

Wade Ormsby: “It’s nice to have a strong day out there.  Made a few putts early to keep it going and played pretty solid through the middle there.  Didn’t quite hit it close enough at the end but all in all a good day. This is my first tournament in month and sometimes after four weeks, you can be a bit rusty.  Had a bit of practise yesterday afternoon and got the ball striking more where I wanted it.  Hit some better shots today which resulted in a good score. I’ll just try and go and play my own game tomorrow.”

Tommy Fleetwood: “I played really, really well.  I felt like the ball just wouldn’t go in the hole at times – I hit good putts that just didn’t go in.  But then the two on the tenth kind of got me going and it’s always nice to birdie the last. I’m in a great position. I felt really comfortable today so hopefully just keep those swings thoughts and keep doing what I’m doing.”

Sergio Garcia: “It should have been probably an easy 63.  But you know, it’s what it is.  I just haven’t felt comfortable all week for some reason, and still kind of dragging a little bit.  But you know, we’re trying. I made some nice putts.  Unfortunately I just missed a whole bunch coming in, good birdie opportunities.  Hopefully I can do a little bit more of that tomorrow, play, hit some good shots and hopefully feel a little better with the putter and see if we can post a really good round.”

Round three scores:

200 S Chawrasia (Ind) 65 66 69,

201 W Ormsby (Aus) 68 68 65, R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 69 68 64,

202 T Fleetwood  (Eng) 68 68 66, A Björk (Swe) 69 66 67, T Detry  (Bel) 67 69 66,

203 P Peterson (USA) 70 68 65,

204 C Hanson (Eng) 71 66 67, J Suri (USA) 68 67 69, D Frittelli (RSA) 71 65 68, M Kinhult (Swe) 67 69 68, M Shin (USA) 67 69 68,

205 P Saksansin (Tha) 67 68 70, S Crocker (USA) 69 70 66, J Morrison  (Eng) 71 66 68, J Rose (Eng) 68 69 68, T Jaidee (Tha) 68 71 66, J Lagergren (Swe) 69 66 70,

206 S Garcia  (Esp) 69 71 66, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 70 68 68, S Brazel (Aus) 69 71 66, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 66 73 67, C Sordet  (Fra) 71 71 64, J Donaldson (Wal) 67 69 70, S Sharma (Ind) 66 71 69, C Paisley  (Eng) 71 70 65,

207 P Waring  (Eng) 71 68 68, T Aiken (RSA) 69 64 74, J Choi (Kor) 69 72 66, L D’Souza (am) (Hkg) 72 70 65,

208 P Oriol (Esp) 72 68 68, R Wannasrichan (Tha) 72 69 67, P Dunne (Irl) 71 71 66, B Leong  (Mas) 70 71 67,

209 L Haotong (Chn) 68 69 72, R Karlsson (Swe) 72 68 69, R Evans  (Eng) 71 69 69, N Bertasio (Ita) 73 69 67, M Jiménez (Esp) 70 69 70, R Khan  (Ind) 71 68 70, D Chia (Mas) 68 71 70,

210 R Rock (Eng) 69 73 68, C Pigem  (Esp) 71 68 71, A Que (Phi) 67 71 72, W Lin (Tpe) 69 71 70, E Molinari  (Ita) 71 67 72, S Barr (Aus) 75 67 68, S Brown (Eng) 72 70 68, Y Chang (Kor) 69 70 71, M Manassero (Ita) 72 69 69, S Yongcharoenchai (Tha) 71 68 71,

211 G Green  (Mas) 69 68 74, A Chesters  (Eng) 71 70 70, G Havret  (Fra) 69 70 72, H Tanihara (Jpn) 72 69 70,

212 C Hung (Tpe) 72 69 71, L Wenchong (Chn) 71 71 70, K Horne (RSA) 67 69 76, M Kumar (Ind) 72 70 70,

213 H Varner Iii (USA) 69 71 73, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 68 71 74,

214 S Chien (USA) 72 69 73, A Da Silva (Bra) 70 72 72, B Neil (Sco) 71 71 72,

215 W Ashun (Chn) 74 68 73, P Pittayarat (Tha) 73 69 73,

216 S Hend (Aus) 73 67 76, R Gouveia (Por) 70 72 74,