Wiesberger Pulls Clear

Sat 28 Apr 2012

Wiesberger Pulls Clear

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Seoul, April 28: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger broke free of the chasing pack when he signed for a seven-under-par 65 to take the third round lead at the Ballantine’s Championship on Saturday.
Wiesberger, who held the overnight lead, extended his advantage to five with his three-day total of 14-under-par 202 at the €2,205,000 Ballantine’s Championship which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA.
2010 Ballantine’s Championship winner Marcus Fraser of Australia posted a 69 to take second place on 207 while England’s Oliver Fisher and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar are tied for third on matching 208.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat turned the spotlight to Thailand when he charged back into contention with a 65 to become the highest placed Asian in tied-seventh alongside Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, England’s David Howell and Sweden’s Alexander Noren.
Wiesberger, who is seeking his maiden Tour victory this week, showed composure as he shrugged off the pressure from his closest rivals to post a flawless 65 at the Blackstone Golf Club.
“I can be quite hard on myself. But I'm trying to calm myself down and today I just had a lot of fun. I felt like I don't have to get too angry with the shots that did not work out perfectly,” said Wiesberger.
The 26-year-old Austrian has never gone into the final round holding a five-shot lead and he hopes that he can continue to take complete control in his first trip to Korea.
“I feel like I'm getting into position more often and can do well when I was in those positions. The last two years have prepared me well and I hope it pays off tomorrow,” said the Austrian who finished runner-up twice on the European Tour last season.
Fraser bemoaned his putting and is ready to put aside his disappointment for his final charge at his second Ballantine’s Championship win.
“My old man always said to me, just cup it on the chin and move on. I definitely got to do that today and hopefully tomorrow. If I keep playing the way I'm playing and with the low score in me, hopefully I can do that tomorrow,” said Fraser
The Australian was left to reflect on several wasted birdie chances which could have allowed him to reduce his deficit.
“I played great on the front nine and could have turned in 6 or 7 under. Some days they don't go in and some days they do. Hopefully they decide to go in tomorrow instead of hitting the hole and bouncing out,” said Fraser.
Meanwhile Kiradech, who came close to winning his second title at the Asian Tour’s season opening event in Myanmar, is looking for another good finish despite nursing a slight wrist injury.
Starting the day in tied-38th place and eight shots off the lead, Kiradech reached the turn in 34 after four birdies and two bogeys.
He started to ignite his title charge in his inward-nine by storming home with five birdies.
“I can usually hit longer than what I’ve been doing this week. For some shots, I cannot hit for the greens in two, especially on some of the par-fives. However my putting was really good today and I holed every birdie chance that I had,” said Kiradech, who had a driving average of 284 yards.
“I’ve not fully recovered yet but I think I still stand a chance,” added the Thai.
Scores after round 3 of the Ballantine's Championship 2012 being played at the par 72, 7281 Yards Blackstone Gc course (a- denotes amateur):
202 - Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 72-65-65.
207 - Marcus FRASER (AUS) 71-67-69.
208 - Oliver FISHER (ENG) 71-70-67, Felipe AGUILAR (CHI) 71-69-68.
209 - Paul MCGINLEY (IRL) 71-73-65, Miguel Angel JIMENEZ (ESP) 72-68-69.
210 - Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 76-69-65, Richie RAMSAY (SCO) 70-72-68, David HOWELL (ENG) 73-69-68, Alexander NOREN (SWE) 75-66-69.
211 - Gregory HAVRET (FRA) 76-69-66, Y.E. YANG (KOR) 74-71-66, David OH (USA) 73-70-68, Victor DUBUISSON (FRA) 68-75-68, Ian POULTER (ENG) 75-67-69, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 71-71-69, Anthony WALL (ENG) 73-67-71.
212 - Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 72-72-68, SIDDIKUR  (BAN) 75-69-68, Romain WATTEL (FRA) 72-73-67, Soren KJELDSEN (DEN) 74-69-69, BAE Sang-moon (KOR) 75-68-69, Paul CASEY (ENG) 70-72-70.
Selected scores
215 - Adam SCOTT (AUS) 71-76-68
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About Ballantine’s
Ballantine’s is the No 1 ultra-premium whisky in Asia Pacific and the No 1 Scotch whisky in Europe, selling over 70 million bottles a year worldwide. Ballantine’s has won over 80 trophies and medals at international competitions in the past 10 years for quality as a result of its unique richness of character and perfect balance. The range, from Ballantine’s Finest to the iconic 30 Year Old, is the most extensive in the world of Scotch and is maintained by the latest in a tradition of Master Blenders that dates back to 1827.
•          Ballantine’s has been title sponsor of the Ballantine’s Championship since 2008    and has committed to the event until 2013
•          Ballantine’s is an official sponsor of the Barclay’s Scottish Open & The Mission Hills Golf World Cup
•          The first Ballantine’s sponsored golf tournament was played in 1960 at Wentworth Golf Club, England
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