- Hong Kong Open, Round Three
Campbell and Jimenez lead the way
Michael Campbell and Miguel Angel Jimenez are in the mix to end their lengthy winless runs as they share the lead after three rounds of the Hong Kong Open.
Campbell, the 2005 US Open Champion, has not entered the winner's circle in seven years but he kept his composure to card a 69. If the nerves were to play a part, they had a chance to take hold at the 18th. Campbell found the front bunker with his approach and made a mess of his flop shot. He was left with a 15-foot putt, but stroked it in to the middle of the cup for a par.
The New Zealander had an earlier moment of alarm on the 10th tee when he accidentally struck his ball while preparing to tee off. The ball travelled a short distance but Campbell did not incur a penalty as European Tour referee John Paramor accepted he had not indented to play a shot.
"What happened on the 10th tee was hilarious," Campbell told reporters. "I have never done that since I started playing golf 38 years ago. But I knew it was not a penalty and when John Paramor started walking towards me with a smile on his face, I knew I was fine to replace the ball."
Spanish veteran Jimenez has not won for a couple of years but he has excellent form at the Fanling course and he shot a 68 - which featured a clutch of brilliant up-and-downs - to move into a share of the lead at 10-under.
Matteo Manassero is having a fine end to the season and he is in with a shout of backing up last week's win in Singapore after storming into contention. There was not a lot happening for the Italian until an eagle sparked on the 13th sparked him into life. Three birdies followed, which saw him come home in 30 strokes, and he signed for a 64 to move to nine-under for the tournament.
Peter Lawrie added a 67 to two rounds of 68 to move to seven-under, alongside Anders Hansen, while USA's Matt Kuchar is in a group one further adrift at six-under, while the tight nature of the tournament is highlighted by the fact 17 players are within five shots of the lead.
Luke Donald could only card a level-par 71 in the third round of the Dunlop Phoenix, but none of his rivals were able to take advantage as the world No. 3 maintained his four-stroke lead with 18 holes left to play at the Phoenix Country Club in Japan.
Henrik Stenson remains in control of the SA Open as a round of 69 leaves him three shots clear of the chasing pack - headed by George Coetzee who powered into contention with a brilliant 63.