Liang takes control in Manila

Sat 16 Nov 2013

Liang takes control in Manila

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Manila, November 16: China’s Liang Wen-chong broke clear of the chasing pack when he posted a third round five-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead into the final round at the inaugural US$750,000 Resorts World Manila Masters on Saturday.
With a host of players battling for the outright lead at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, it finally took a birdie on the 17th hole to give China’s number one golfer pole position before he went on to sign for a three-day total of 13-under-par 203.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung returned with a 70 to share second place with Korean-American David Lipsky on 204 while India’s Himmat Rai carded a 68 to take tied-fourth place alongside overnight leader Jazz Janewattananond at the newest event to make its debut on the Asian Tour this season.
Nicholas Fung of Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
Liang started his round three shots back of the overnight leaders but quickly reduced his deficit with birdies in his opening two holes.
The Chinese dropped his only shot of the day at the par-three fifth but recovered well with another birdie on the ninth to turn in 34.
Liang then birdied three of his last five holes to remain firmly in contention for his third Asian Tour win.
“It was another great round and I’m happy that I managed to stay patient throughout the day,” said Liang.
With several impressive performances this year including three top-five finishes in India, Russia and Austria, Liang is however not ready to think of another victory on the region’s premier Tour just yet.
“If you look at the leaderboard, the race is still wide open. Anything can happen and I just have to concentrate and hope things go my way tomorrow,” said Liang, who holds the honour of being the first, and so far only, Chinese golfer to have broken into the top-100 on the OWGR with his career high of 57th place in 2010.
David Lipsky of the USA David Lipsky of the USA
Lipsky also believes the contest is far from over as he goes in search of his second Asian Tour win this week.
“The course is playing really tough today. The wind was picking up and the greens are really firm. I’m happy with my round today and I am looking forward to the final round tomorrow,” said Lipsky.
Prior to his arrival in Manila, Lipsky had only made the cut thrice in eight starts this season. The 25-year-old is however enjoying a welcome return to form and is determined to end the week with a flourish.
“My first Asian Tour win in Cambodia meant a lot to me. I struggled a little bit with my swing earlier this year but it’s getting back on track now. It’s just great to be back in contention. If I can win, it would be even better so we will see how it goes tomorrow,” said Lipsky.
Meanwhile Fung, who currently leads the rankings on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), which is the Tour’s secondary circuit, is excited with the prospect of lifting his maiden title on the main Tour.
“Tomorrow will be the first time I’ll be playing in the final group and I’m going to try my best to win this tournament,” said Fung.
With the windy conditions affecting his play, the Malaysian is hoping for better weather conditions as he eyes a grandstand finish.
“The conditions were really tough today and I struggled. But luckily, I’m only one shot back of Liang and I’ll try my best to overtake him,” said Fung.
Leading scores after round 3 of the Resorts World Manila Masters being played at the par 72, 7337 Yards Manila Southwoods GCC course (a- denotes amateur):
203 - LIANG Wen-chong (CHN) 67-69-67.
204 - David LIPSKY (USA) 66-69-69, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 70-64-70.
205 - Himmat RAI (IND) 68-69-68, Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 64-69-72.
206 - Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA) 67-71-68, S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 71-66-69.
207 - Matthew STIEGER (AUS) 66-73-68, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 66-73-68, David LUTTERUS (AUS) 68-70-69, Jaakko MAKITALO (FIN) 69-68-70, HUNG Chien-yao (TPE) 68-68-71, Stephen LEWTON (ENG) 70-66-71, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 69-67-71, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 68-67-72, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 67-67-73, Angelo QUE (PHI) 67-66-74.
208 - MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 71-68-69, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-70-70, Anthony KANG (USA) 67-71-70, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-70-71, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 69-68-71, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 68-66-74.
Selected scores
212 - Digvijay SINGH (IND) 70-68-74, Jyoti RANDHAWA (IND) 72-69-71, Mardan MAMAT (SIN) 213 - ZHANG Lian-wei (CHN) 68-72-73, Rory HIE (INA) 73-67-73
Ends.
About the Resorts World Manila Masters
A new era will beckon for professional golf in the Philippines when the Resorts World Manila Masters makes its debut on the Asian Tour. The newest US$750,000 event will be held at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club from November 14 to 17, 2013 with all four rounds beamed live on the Asian Tour’s global television platform that reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
By signing a landmark five-year agreement with the Asian Tour, Resorts World Manila Masters will not only expose local athletes to the highest level of competition, but will also put the Philippines on the international golfing radar.
The Resorts World Manila Masters also marks yet another step in Resorts World Manila’s efforts to champion Filipino talent, not only in entertainment and the arts, but also in terms of sports as it supports and develops local athletes for international success.
The Resorts World Manila Masters is title sponsored by Resorts World Manila with the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club as the official host venue. Other sponsors include Nike Golf, BMW, Sony, Asia Brewery, Canon, PLDT, Remington Hotel, Marriott Manila and media partner, Business Mirror.
 
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.