Hu Stays in Top-10 in Chiangmai

Sat 30 Mar 2013

Hu Stays in Top-10 in Chiangmai

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Chiangmai, March 30: China’s Hu Mu lamented another day of missed opportunities as he scrambled to a two-under-par 70 in the third round of the inaugural US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who took up membership with the Asian Tour this season, was frustrated on the tricky greens at the Alpine Golf Resort-Chiangmai as his three-day total of 11-under-par 205 left him in tied 10th place, seven shots behind runaway leader Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand.

Hu needed 32 putts as he made four birdies against two bogeys in the Asian Tour’s newest tournament, which is offering the highest world ranking points in Asia this week.

“I played well. 70 is not a bad score here. I missed a lot of opportunities. Maybe I wanted it too much. I was still hitting good putts but the speed or lines were just a bit off. If I can be a bit more relaxed and focus on hitting good putts than trying to make them, hopefully I will be better tomorrow,” said Hu.

The young Chinese, touted as the country’s next great hope as he seeks to qualify for the Olympics in 2016, intends to stick to his game plan to finish as high up as possible on Sunday. While he is seven shots behind Prayad, he is only two back of Thongchai Jaidee and Matthew Stieger, who share second place on 203.

“At the moment I’m trying to follow my game plan. The past three days, even though I didn’t make any putts, I am still playing well. Yesterday and today, I had chances to go low. I just need to take my chances but I need to stay relaxed on the golf course,” said Hu.

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