Justin Rose remains man to catch in Hong Kong Open

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Thongchai Jaidee set the early clubhouse target as Justin Rose recovered from a shaky start to remain the man to catch in the Hong Kong Open on Saturday.

Jaidee, a former Thai paratrooper who won his seventh European Tour title in the Porsche European Open a month ago, carded a flawless third round of 64 to finish eight under par in Fanling.

World number seven Rose, who started the day nine under after rounds of 65 and 66, hit a wild drive on the first hole and could only punch his second shot through the trees onto the fairway, but pitched to 15 feet and holed the putt for par.

The 35-year-old then left his birdie putt on the next three feet short, but made amends on the par-five third with a drive of more than 350 yards and an excellent approach setting up an eagle chance he converted from 25 feet.

That took the Ryder Cup star to 11 under par and briefly into a two-shot lead until playing partner Lucas Bjerregard, who had birdied the third, also picked up a shot on the fourth.

British Masters winner Matt Fitzpatrick was a shot further back after three birdies in the first six holes, with American Patrick Reed and former US PGA champion YE Yang alongside Jaidee on eight under.

Ian Poulter, who made a last-minute journey from Orlando to play this week and maintain his European Tour membership, had three-putted the second but birdied the fourth to get back to seven under.

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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