Overnight leader Ormsby fires 66 to win Hong Kong Open

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

Shane Lowry has plenty to do before the last day of the Hong Kong Open after carding a third round of 68 on Saturday to pull six shots off the Australian Wade Ormsby lead.

"When you get in front there's no point in trying to play defensive", said Ormsby.

Lowry, playing at the Hong Kong Open for the first time in a decade, carded 68 - two shots off the previous day's score that had put him in real contention.

Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond also started the final day as one of the challengers, but the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit victor bogeyed twice on the back nine to end six shots back in fourth, one place behind compatriot Gunn Charoenkul.

Another birdie on the 15th suggested a strong finish, but Lowry returned the shot on the 17th before signing for a two under par round of 68. "All week it's been like that, I've played lovely golf and haven't really holed anything".

Gunn said: "I just come out everyday telling myself 'oh, today might be a bad day.' I know it's a bad mentality but it just reduces my expectations a lot and helps me stay relaxed out there. Hopefully I can come back some time soon". However, his gallant efforts were not enough to catch the Australian and he had to settle for second place. A tied-second finish at the ISPS HANDA Vic Open was his best result of the year in 2019.

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263 - Wade Ormsby (AUS) 65-66-66-66.

Lowry had rounds of 69, 68, 66 and 64 throughout the tournament for a solid overall performance at Fanling.

Thailand's Gunn Charoenkul (65) is behind 2017 champion Ormsby on 11-under 199.

269 - Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 68-66-67-68.

275 - Jack Harrison (ENG) 69-68-69-69, Miguel Tabuena (PHI) 70-68-68-69, John Catlin (USA) 68-71-67-69, Paul Peterson (USA) 73-67-66-69, Phachara Khongwatmai (THA) 72-69-65-69, S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND) 70-63-69-73.

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