Stuart Manley hopes to make the Hong Kong Open his maiden European Tour victory, he leads by one shot at the end of day three.
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Stuart had a -4 under par 66 third round, to post -10 under par at the top of the leaderboard, and will take a one shot lead into the final round of the Hong Kong Open as the Qualifying School graduate chases his first European Tour title. He said winning would be great, and is fired up to take his first title;
“I wanted to be last group so I’m delighted, I’ve led quite a few times on the Challenge Tour so hopefully that will put me in good stead for tomorrow. There will be a few nerves early on I think but I’m swinging so well that if I can be committed to the golf shot I’ll be fine and just enjoy it. Pretty much from the first hole onwards, every iron shot was right down the pin. If it had been a good day on the greens it could have been a really low round, so it was disappointing not to capitalize, but I feel very confident the way I’m playing and I’m really excited about tomorrow. Winning would mean the world really. Obviously there is a lot of golf to go and I’ve just got to enjoy tomorrow and see what happens. To be a winner on The European Tour would be great.”
Tied in second place are Shiv Kapur and Wade Ormsby, both at -9 under par after they both produced third round totals of -4 under par 66.
Wade feels comfortable as he also tries to win his first Tour title;
“My game feels good, made a lot of birdies out there and overall pretty happy.”
Shiv says his recent wins on the Challenge Tour will stand him in good stead;
“If you can keep the mistakes off the card round here you’ll usually challenge and I’ve been able to do that. Whether it’s the Challenge Tour or the main Tour winning is always hard. For me winning recently in the last couple of months has been good and I know what to expect tomorrow. Sometimes you can make a couple of mistakes and still win a tournament and I think that’s been the biggest realisation for me in the last couple of months.”
The defending champion Miguel Angel Jiménez, José Manuel Lara and Steve Webster all shot rounds of -5 under par 65 to total -8 under par, just two shots off the lead. This course is a favorite of Miguel’s and he really wants to defend his title here;
“I hope I can keep hitting the ball the way I’m hitting it and knock in some putts to get the victory here, I would love it. I love this golf course.”
There is still a lot of golf to be played here, the man with the strongest will has an advantage.