Second round leader Michael Campbell maintains his lead on Saturday, at the UBS Hong Kong Open, but Barclays Singapore Open winner, Matteo Manassero makes his move. The young Italian shoots a six under 64 in the third round to put the pressure on co-leaders Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Campbell. Matt Kuchar shed his jet lag, and moves up the leaderboard with a 66.
New Zealand’s Michael Campbell had three birdies and two bogeys, and moved up one stroke to -10 under par at the Hong Kong Golf Club Saturday afternoon, and shares a one shot lead with Spaniard, Miguel Angel Jimenez. Jimenez picked up a couple of birdies on the back nine in a bogey free round to pull even with Thompson.
The real story on Saturday was Matteo Manassero. After taking a bogey at the treacherous opening hole, Manassero took the back nine apart, getting an Eagle at the par 5 thirteenth. He followed the Eagle with three consecutive birdies at 14,15, and 16 signing for a 64 at the scoring tent.
Manassero beat Louis Oosthuizen in a three hole playoff last Sunday to win the Barclays Singapore Open. The teenage phenom, from Verona, Italy has won three tournaments on the European tour, and is currently in 13th position on the Race To Dubai points list. He is 46th in the World Rankings.
Manassero shares a tie for third place with Lian-wei Zhang from China. Zhang also shot one under par to stay one stroke back. Fredrik Andersson Hed had an up and down day, and finished at even par to stay at eight under, alone in fifth place.
first round leader, Javier Colomo from Spain, continued his slide on Saturday with another over par effort. The front nine kicked his tail with a double bogey at the par three 5th hole. Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal shot a one under 69, to remain in a tie for fifth place with Kwanchi Tannin from Thailand.
World number one Rory McIlroy missed the cut, and is on his way to Dubai.
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