Benjamin Hebert carded a 7-under 64 on Saturday at Genzon Golf Club, and will take a three-shot lead into Sunday’s finale of the Volvo China Open.
Hebert entered the day four shots off the pace of overnight leader Ashun Wu, and fell five off the pace after a front-nine 36. But following a scintillating homeward-nine 28, which included six birdies and one eagle – coupled with the late struggles of native son Wu, it was the Frenchman who sat atop the scoreboard at 17-under par.
“Crazy game, isn’t it?,” said Hebert. “I played very badly on the front nine where I didn’t feel good in my swing. I just tried to keep focused on what I’m doing and I found my rhythm in the back nine so I’m happy.
“It’s my first time leading after 54 holes and we’ll see. I’ve worked to be in this position and it’s going to be a very early start so hopefully we’ll have some good conditions and we’ll see what happens.
“I don’t want to look ahead, I just want to focus on the rest of my day, my rest and see what happens tomorrow.”
Finn Mikko Korhonen (65) and Spaniard Jorge Campillo (68) were tied for second on 14-under par, one shot ahead of Wu (72).
Rounding out the top-5 in Shenzhen was Hebert’s countryman, Victor Dubuisson (68), who carded a 68 to reach 12-under par.
2019 Volvo China Open
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 3)
1. Benjamin Hebert -17 (-8)
2. Mikko Korhonen -14 (-7)
2. Jorge Campillo -14 (-4)
4. Ashun Wu -13 (E)
5. Victor Dubuisson -12 (-4)
The Leader’s Stats
Driving: 282 yards (35th)
Fairways: 81.0% (14th)
Greens: 81.5% (9th)
Putts/GIR: 1.586 (6th)
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