Norris storms ahead with sensational 61

Sat 06 Feb 2016

Norris storms ahead with sensational 61

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Yangon, February 6: South Africa’s Shaun Norris left the chasing pack in his wake by storming up the leaderboard with a sensational 11-under-par 61 after the third round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Saturday.
Norris, a one-time Asian Tour winner, opened up a commanding seven-shot lead over the rest of his rivals with his three day total of 23-under-par 193 at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.
SSP Chawrasia of India SSP Chawrasia of India
Japan’s Azuma Yano also provided the day’s other highlight when he sank his career’s first albatross on 14 which moved him up to second place alongside India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia, and Korea’s Jeunghun Wang and Junwon Park at Myanmar’s richest sporting event.
Norris was a man on fire starting from the par-four first. He set the blistering pace with six birdies and an eagle through eight holes before a lone bogey on nine momentarily put the brakes on his charge.
“I was not very sure about the yardage there and the last place you want to be on the greens is to be far away from the pin. I basically bailed out on that shot, left it to the right of the green and did not get a good up and down,” said Norris.
After turning in 29, the South African enjoyed another sparkling homeward-nine where he marked his card with another four birdies on holes 11, 13, 15 and 17.
“It was definitely a very exciting day. Right from the start, everything went well. I could read the line and was striking it well, hitting the ball into places which I wanted it to be.
“I was always thinking of that magical 59. I hit a good putt on 16 but only managed a par. Unfortunately the wind turned on us on 18 so I couldn’t really go for it as it was out of reach,” said Norris.
Yano enjoyed a defining moment in his career with his first albatross at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
The Japanese used his seven-iron to perfection on the par-five 14 where his drive landed within 10 feet short of the pin.
“I knew I would reach the green after hitting the ball. But I didn’t realise the ball would land so close to the pin.
“Keeping the ball on the fairways was tough today but I managed to stay patient and my game really lifted off after that albatross where I had another two birdies on 15 and 18,” said Yano.
Azuma Yano of Japan Azuma Yano of Japan
Wang meanwhile believed the contest is far from over despite Norris’ superior advantage.
The Korean has only dropped one shot all week and is relishing the final day challenge.
“In golf, it’s never over until the last putt, so we’ll see. I played really well today and I have no regrets. Even though the greens are hard and bumpy, I still managed to do well. I’ll try my best tomorrow just like what I did that today,” said Wang.
Leading Scores after round 3 of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open 2016 being played at the par 72, 7218 Yards Royal Mingalardon GcC course (am - denotes amateur):
193 - Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 66-66-61.
200 - Junwon PARK (KOR) 73-64-63, Azuma YANO (JPN) 66-68-66, Jeunghun WANG (KOR) 66-68-66, S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 66-66-68.
203 - Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 71-66-66, Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS) 69-67-67, Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 68-68-67, Ryutaro NAGANO (JPN) 71-65-67, Danny CHIA (MAS) 65-70-68, Casey O'TOOLE (USA) 71-69-63.
204 - Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 68-70-66, Yasunobu FUKUNAGA (JPN) 70-68-66, Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 67-70-67, Wonjoon LEE (AUS) 71-66-67, Keith HORNE (RSA) 72-63-69, Younghan SONG (KOR) 67-68-69, Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 66-67-71.
205 - Soomin LEE (KOR) 71-66-68, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 68-67-70, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 69-65-71, Rashid KHAN (IND) 67-66-72.
206 - Berry HENSON (USA) 70-68-68, Yuta IKEDA (JPN) 69-69-68, Yosuke TSUKADA (JPN) 69-69-68, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 68-69-69, Dodge KEMMER (USA) 68-70-68, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 69-69-68, Narutoshi YAMAOKA (JPN) 68-69-69, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 72-67-67, K.T. KIM (KOR) 69-66-71.
Ends.
About Leopalace21
Founded in 1973, Leopalace21 is a real estate company which constructs and rents apartments, currently managing 560 thousand rooms in Japan. The company also owns and operates a 36-hole golf course and resort facility in Guam, as well as 15 overseas offices which introduce residences and offices to Japanese companies advancing into the ASEAN region.
Leopalace21 Corporation: http://eg.leopalace21.com/
Leopalace Resort Guam: http://www.guam.ne.jp/
About Japan Golf Tour Organization
Established: February 8, 1999, Japan Golf Tour Organization is a governing body for golf tournaments undertakings in Japan. As such, our purpose is to contribute to an orderly development of tour tournament businesses both domestic and abroad as well as to the improvement of tour players’ financial situation. Furthermore, through attempts to improve tournament surroundings, advancement of tournament standards, spreading and promoting of tournament sports shall be pursued. Concurrently, we seek to promote golf tournament related international exchange by maintaining close relations with golf tournament management bodies abroad. As a result of all, we aim at being conducive to creating and developing a rich sports culture.
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About the Asian Tour
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.