Kiradech Aphibarnrat let slip a tidy lead in the Shenzhen International, although he will still have a two shot lead going into the final round at Genzon Golf Club in China.
Kiradech had built up a five shot lead during the third round of the Shenzhen International, until he came to the last two holes. He he double-bogeyed the par five 17th and dropped another shot at the last, a par four, to card -4 under par 68, and still be at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par.
Really poor putting was the main culprit;
“I’ve been striking the ball so well in the first three rounds. It’s a good way to start.”
“First, I made three straight birdies to jump up at the top. I was still hitting the ball great on the back. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish.”
“I lost the focus on the short putt on 17, that is the big turn, the big key for me after Peter made birdie, and we swung three shots on that. That’s a big move. But I made a mistake and I lost some concentration.”
Peter Uihlein was the beneficiary of Kiradech’s loss of concentration, he scored a -1 under par 71, which gave him a -10 under par total, to be just two shots adrift. He admitted he played poorly today;
“I just made too many sloppy bogeys. Four bogeys, a bit rough, five birdies and missed a couple pretty easy ones.”
Pablo Larrazábal is in third place, shooting -7 under par 65, to move him up the leaderboard with a -9 under par tournament total;
“My game was brilliant today. I missed two shots, the second shot on 17 and the second shot on 18, but I played very solid.”
“I made only one long putt. I made a two putt on 11, and then I made I think five birdies from four feet.”
19 year-old Hao-tong Li, from China, is in a group of five players on -7 under par for the tournament, along with Emiliano Grillo, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Ford and Scott Hend.
Hao-tong played alongside Bubba Watson, and enjoyed the experience;
“He’s pretty nice guy, so I very much enjoyed playing with him.”
“I hit a lot of greens and made a lot of birdies. I was pretty lucky also.”
Bubba did not play as well as his young playing partner, carding +2 over par for the round, but he did give some praise to the young Chinese player;
“He’s hitting the ball really well. He’s making a lot of putts. The key around a golf course is a lot of putts and he made a lot of putts today.”