Supamas Sangchan and Yu Pei-lin share lead at nine-under with one round to go
Defending champion Tiffany Chan Tsz-ching will tee-off on the final day of the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open with a fighting chance to retain her title after a solid round of three-under 69 today, which included five birdies.
The 23-year-old star started in similar fashion to yesterday when she parred the first six holes and then struggled at the tricky 7th. However, the troublesome eighth did not cause the same nightmare to Chan as it did yesterday. A birdie there drew cheers from her legion of fans and she sunk four more birdies in the next six holes, which got the University of Southern California graduate to within five strokes of the lead. A careless bogey on the 18th pulled one back to end her day on a respectable tied-15th place.
The Tuen Mun-native said:
“I am happy with my overall performance but not with the last hole today, which I bogeyed. Yesterday, I had some intensive training and it helped me, obviously. My game is still not perfect so I will practice later but I am confident I will perform better tomorrow.”
“It is great to play in HK where I have so many supporters. It’s wonderful to see so many friends and family. It makes it all the more special”, Chan added.
Chinese Taipei’s Yu Pei-lin shot a sublime seven-under round 65 to share the lead with Supamas Sangchan of Thailand at nine-under, while overnight leader Ainil Johani Abu Bakar and Huang Ching sit one shot behind after two days of play.
Playing at the EFG Hong Kong Open for the third time, Yu commented:
“I was extremely pleased with my putting game today, and happy with my overall performance. To put together a round like this, my caddie also deserves a lot of credit as he knows the course really well and gave me plenty of valuable advice. I have never paired with Supamas before but I don’t think that will make much difference to how I approach my round tomorrow. I hope I can continue my good form and do well.”
The final round of the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open will tee off at 0855 tomorrow with Tiffany Chan at first tee at 1100.
The third edition of the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open boasts a field of 117 players from 16 nations and territories and is the first and only ladies’ golf event in Hong Kong to offer Rolex Ranking points.
The three-day 54-hole tournament, which features a prize purse of US$150,000, is sanctioned by the CLPGA, the TLPGA, and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, and supported by the Hong Kong Professional Golfers’ Association, and the Hong Kong Golf Association.
There will be a cut after two rounds, with only the top half of the field competing on the final day. Entry to the event is free. For further information on the 2017 EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open, please visit www.hkladiesopen.com and official Facebook page www.facebook.com/efghongkongladiesopen/