Khan Close to Final Stage Ticket

Fri 18 Jan 2013

Khan Close to Final Stage Ticket

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Hua Hin, Thailand, January 18: Rashid Khan of India kept up the chase for a Qualifying School Final Stage spot by posting a two-under-par 70 in the third round of the First Stage Section B on Friday.
The talented Indian trailed the penultimate round leaders Matt Johnston of Canada and Australian amateur Daniel Bringolf by two shots at the Imperial Lakeview Golf Club.
Overnight leader Johnston shot a 76 while Bringolf carded a 74 to lead the chasing pack on seven-under-par 209 while Khan shared third place with Chase Wright of the United States and Neil Reilly of England.
At the Springfield Royal Country Club, Bryce Easton of South Africa and French amateur Lionel Weber shared the lead for the third straight day following matching one-under-par 71s.
They lead over former European Tour player Pelle Edberg of Sweden, who shot a 74, by four shots on 13-under-par 203 while Jake Redman of South Africa was third after registering a 71.
After four rounds, the top 15% players from each venue will qualify for the all-important Final Stage which will be held at Imperial Lakeview and Springfield Royal next week.
The top-40 and ties from the Final Stage will earn playing rights on the new 2013 Asian Tour season.
Players who play in the Qualifying School are also eligible to play in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) which will be afforded with Official World Golf Ranking points starting this season.
Ends.
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