Tony Finau, USA, is still tops on the WGC-HSBC Champions leaderboard after a turbulent day at Sheshan International Golf Club in China.
Standing on the 17th tee Tony was two shots behind defending champion Justin Rose, who then proceeded to carve his tee shot on the par three into the greenside hazard. Tony stroked a beautiful tee shot to within two feet of the cup, to make birdie, while Justin carded a double bogey five.
Tony made birdie on the last hole, the par five, where Justin carved his approach shot into the water, to make bogey. To round it all up Tony made birdie at the last three holes to post a third round score of -2 under 70, and a total of -13 under par, giving him a three shot advantage going into the final round tomorrow;
“It was great to birdie the last three. It’s always a nice way to finish no matter what position you’re in.”
“I didn’t have a lot going my way for the first half of the day and Rosey was making his run. I was just really pleased I was able to finish that way and get some momentum going into tomorrow.”
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I’ve got a world-class field chasing after me. This is the position you want to be in and I’ll be looking to close out my first tournament in this position, which is exciting for me.”
“Whether it happens or not, it’s an experience that you learn from and you continue to move forward.”
Justin, from England, finished his round at -2 under 70, to share second place with Patrick Reed, USA, -2 under 70, and Xander Schauffele, USA, -3 under 69, all of them three shots back at -10 under par.
Justin has to chase down a three shot deficit again;
“I’m playing well, feeling good, I’ve just got to put that last couple of holes behind me and come out a little bit angry tomorrow.”
“I’ve got to go out tomorrow, shoot maybe something in the mid sixties and see if I can chase Tony down.”
“There’s three guys at ten under who are all going to be chasing pretty hard but nothing to lose tomorrow. It’s going to take a good round.”
“I have a good opportunity. With only one guy in front of you, you have an opportunity to play well tomorrow.”
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