UBS Hong Kong Open: Chawrasia Leads Cabrera Bello By One

SSP Chawrasia posted a 1-under 69 and will take a slim one-shot lead into the final round of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The 39-year old Indian entered Saturday at Hong Kong Golf Club with a two shot lead over one, and a four shot lead over four others. But on a day which produced much less wind, the field in Hong Kong went real low, setting up for what should be a fantastic finish in the Far East.

Following a workmanlike round, which included just a single bogey against 15 pars and a couple of birdies, Chawrasia is at 10 under. And despite a few near misses, which could have turned his decent round into a really good one, Chawrasia was satisfied with his position.

“I’m missing a couple of putts but still one under, I’m happy,” said Chawrasia. “Still one more round so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“It’s a little bit of added pressure but I can manage that a little bit. That’s why sometimes I think I’m missing a couple of putts but I will think tomorrow, ‘I can do something’.”

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello, who posted a low-round 64 is just a shot back at 9 under, alongside Australian Wade Ormsby (65).

“I think I’m going to be within reach so I do believe that I can win it for sure. I don’t think it would mean more, I think it would be just a little extra special,” said Cabrera Bello, who finished runner up last year.

The 2017 Race to Dubai champion, Tommy Fleetwood, leads a group at 8 under, alongside Swede Alexander Björk and Belgian Thomas Detry.

“I feel really comfortable. Hopefully just keep those swing-thoughts and keep doing what I’m doing,” said Fleetwood. “I put it in play a lot and hit a lot of good iron shots. It is difficult to make birdies out there but all you can do is keep putting yourself in position and a round like today, that can only help for tomorrow.”

Tournament headliners Justin Rose (69) and Sergio Garcia (66) remain in the mix at five and six shots back, respectively.


1 S.S.P Chawrasia -10
2 Rafa Cabrera Bello -9
2 Wade Ormsby -9
4 Tommy Fleetwood -8
4 Alexander Björk -8
4 Thomas Detry -8
7 Paul Peterson -7
8 Micah Lauren Shin -6
8 Julian Suri -6
8 Dylan Frittelli -6
8 Marcus Kinhult -6
8 Chris Hanson -6


Tommy Fleetwood with an eagle-two at the par-4 10th hole.

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“If I feel nervous the other players also will be nervous but I’m okay. I’m playing many times in the same conditions so I’m all right.”
S.S.P Chawrasia, 54-hole leader

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

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