Alexander Noren noses in front of the pack at the Ballantine’s Championship at the Blackstone Golf Club in third round in South Korea.
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Alexander has a one shot lead going into the final round of the Ballantine’s Championship after a hectic third day, where some players had to make up for lost time after delays on Thursday and Friday, half the field had to complete their second rounds early this morning. Eventually, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and José Manuel Lara got up to join Wade Ormsby and Arnond Vongvanij at the top of the leaderboard at the completed halfway stage, all on -7 under par.
Alexander had a -3 under par third round, for a tournament total of -9 under par, which was good enough at the end of the day to keep him on top of the board. Alex said it had been a long tough day;
“ It was a nice way to finish, and it was a long, tough day, a lot of wind. My short game I think held it together, and I didn’t have that many chances but I took care of them when I got chances for birdies and made the important pars when I needed. So it was a big fight day. I’m just trying to play well tomorrow, and it’s going to be a really fun day. I haven’t been in the lead in a long time, and I’ve had some good finishes, but it will be a lot of fun. But I’m just trying to play good and make birdies and try to make more birdies than the other ones. It’s easier for a player to come back when you’ve done something good in the past, you know you can score well around the track and good memories are always nice to have with you.”
Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal and Scot Peter Whiteford are tied in second place at -8 under par. Pablo had the lowest round of the day at -4 under par 68.
Pablo said he had played beautifully, only missing one green in regulation;
” I hit the ball beautifully today, I’m very happy with the round and to be in the fight again. I only missed one green in regulation which was something special. It will be good to be in the final group again, it’s been a long time.”
Peter had to start the day early, and had to play 28 holes in a long day of golf;
I was on the 5 am bus, first bus in, last bus out it looks like. It’s been a long day but that’s the job every now and then. My form has been pretty average, poor to be honest. I was hitting it half decent on the range and just not taking anything to the golf course, but this week has been better.”
Two Aussies are tied in fourth position, Brett Rumford and Marcus Fraser finished at -7 under par. Brett rounded off his third round in some style, carding five birdies in succession. They both agreed that the influence of compatriot Adam Scott was the inspiration of their good play, following Adam’s victory at Augusta National.
Brett summed it up;
” With Adam winning the Masters it has inspired us all. The last couple of days have been interesting. It’s been pretty frustrating but rewarding at the same time. Hopefully tomorrow I can just eliminate all the silly errors.”