Marcus Fraser leads the Hong Kong Open at the end of day 3 at the Hong Kong Golf Course.
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Aussie Marcus is enjoying his return to form he carded -5 under par 65 in the third round of the Hong Kong Open. to lead the tournament by one shot going into the final round tomorrow.
He admitted to being surprised;
“Nobody’s more surprised than I am that’s for sure. After eight months of sitting on the couch, it hasn’t been the best eight months but when you play like that it makes it worthwhile.”
“Practice last week felt really good so I felt like I was heading in the right direction, finally, after I started practicing six or seven weeks ago.
“It was going okay but then last week it felt like everything fell into place but then coming out and playing a tournament is just a completely different thing so after not playing for eight months I wasn’t too sure what to expect. To come and play the way I did on the back nine today was pretty pleasing.”
“I think I’ve had three top tens here in the past and I was third a couple of years ago – I just love the golf course and wish I could take this course every week we play; I think it’s the best golf course we play all year.
“It’s just a proper golf course where you have to play well and stay out of trouble, and you need to hole putts – I’m pretty sure that’s the way the game was designed and it’s a credit to the way they’ve turned it out this week, it’s in the bet condition I’ve ever seen it.
“I had no idea going into the week and I’ve no idea going into tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll keep playing the way I’m playing and I feel pretty comfortable out there at the moment. I’d forgotten how much fun it is to play golf tournaments, especially being in the mix it’s good fun.”
Scott Hend is in second place, a -3 under par 67 third round giving the Aussie a -9 under par total for the tournament.
Tied in third place, at -9 under par, are Jbe Kruger, Angelo Que and Mark Foster.
Yesterdays leader Ernie Els slipped up today, a +1 over par 71 was not what he was hoping for. He still thinks he has a chance, if he can go low. Ernie is T6 at -8 under par;
“It was a little hectic, especially the ninth hole. I tried a couple of things and they didn’t come off but I don’t see there’s any reason not to still go for it.
“I need something low obviously, but I’d like to go really low just for my own wishes.”