Gleeson Stays Ahead at Macau

Sat 25 Oct 2008

Gleeson Stays Ahead at Macau


Macau, October 25: Australia's David Gleeson remained on top of the field with Chinese Taipei's Kao Bo-song in hot pursuit after the third round at the Macau Open on Saturday.

Overnight leader Gleeson carded a two-under-par 69 for a 16-under-par 197 total while Kao was two strokes adrift after a solid 65 at the Macau Golf and Country Club.

Thai youngster Wisut Artjanawat posted a 68 and was in a tie for third place alongside rookie Steven Tiley of England who nailed a 65 in the US$500,000 Asian Tour event.

Australia's Tony Carolan and Chinese Taipei's Chan Yih-shin shot similar 67s and were in joint fifth spot together with compatriot Lin Wen-tang and England's Yasin Ali who posted matching 70s.

With the wind picking up the pace in the third round, Gleeson tackled the par-71 course by firing four birdies against two bogeys for a two stroke advantage heading into the final day.

"Leading the round made me stressful and I had to think of a game plan out there while taking the wind into consideration.

"I bogeyed the 16th hole which was a combination of bad strokes and bad thinking. But I bounced back with nice putts on the 17th and 18th holes. I really needed the birdie on the 18th hole and I was quite pleased with my finish," said Gleeson, who will be banking on the memories of his last triumph at the 2002 Volvo China Open for a win this week.

"I hope to recall my past success and manage the demons by not allowing the negative thoughts to creep in. I am confident that if I do the right job, I can win it," added the Taipei-based player.


Kao enjoyed a solid finish by firing a birdie on the 17th hole followed by an eagle at the par five 18th hole to remain close behind the leader.

"I didn't play many events on the Asian Tour this year so I hope to take the opportunity this week. It's my first ever chance at a title on the Asian Tour and the first time I will be playing in the leading group so I'm excited," said Kao, who is competing in his sixth tournament in Macau.

"If I can control my game under the windy conditions and handle the pressure, I will have a strong chance. My form has been good and I hope to use it in my final charge," added Kao, who won two titles on the domestic circuit.

Tiley, who finished in the top-10 at the Hero Honda Indian Open two weeks ago, was pleased with his round of 65 to lie in the mix in third place.

"I played well and I enjoyed the course very much. It was mostly overcast today and it was quite windy out there, very similar to how it is back home so it suited me well. I holed some good putts so I'm pleased.

"There is a long way to go with another round remaining and anything can happen in golf. I played well in India and this is the time to hit my form as the season slowly comes to a close but there is still a long way more so we shall see what happens," said the Englishman.

Thailand's Wisut will be hoping to remain steady after a 68 today for a 202 total.

"It was a little tricky out there having to play some holes against the wind. I was a bit unlucky in the closing stages with a poor chip and putt on the 14th followed by a three putt on the 15th hole for two bogeys. But I like this course. If I am good off the tee, I can score well," said Wisut.

Leading third round scores

197 - David Gleeson (AUS) 64-64-69

199 - Kao Bo-song (TPE) 66-68-65

202 - Steven Tiley (ENG) 70-67-65, Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 65-69-68

203 - Chan Yih-shin (TPE) 69-67-67, Tony Carolan (AUS) 67-69-67, Lin Wen-tang (TPE) 65-68-70, Yasin Ali (ENG) 69-64-70

204 - Wang Ter-chang (TPE) 66-69-69, Adam Blyth (AUS) 68-65-71

205 - Kim Nam-kang (KOR) 70-67-68

206 - Mars Pucay (PHI) 67-70-69, Somkiat Srisanga (THA) 69-68-69, Lin Wen-hong (TPE) 65-69-72, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 68-65-73

207 - Unho Park (AUS) 67-72-68, Zhang Lian-wei (CHN) 72-67-68, Chris Rodgers (ENG) 72-65-70, Lu Wei-chih (TPE) 68-70-69, Wu Ashun (CHN) 70-68-69, Neven Basic (AUS) 70-67-70, Danny Chia (MAS) 67-68-72, Jason King (AUS) 67-68-72, Mitchell Brown (AUS) 70-66-71

About the Macau Open

The Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) is the organiser and title sponsor of the Macau Open for the 11th straight year. The US$500,000 tournament is supported by Macau Government Tourist Office and backed by official hotel Holiday Inn Macau, official ball Srixon, official water Bonaqua and sponsor Westin Resort Macau.

About the Asian Tour
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