India’s SSP Chawrasia leads heading into final day in Hong Kong

Paul Dunne shoots an impressive third round 66 but is eight shots off the pace

India’s SSP Chawrasia leads heading into the final round in Hong Kong. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/AFP

India’s SSP Chawrasia leads heading into the final round in Hong Kong. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/AFP

 

India’s SSP Chawrasia heads into the final day of the Hong Kong Open with a narrow one-shot lead in Fanling.

A round of 69 on day three kept the 39-year-old ahead of a star-studded chasing field ,even though they narrowed his day-three advantage by a single shot.

Chawrasia will look to hold the lead from start to finish on the opening event of the 2018 Race to Dubai.

Meanwhile Paul Dunne enjoyed a fine third day, shooting an impressive four under par round of 66 - which included six birdies.

However, he remains well off the pace - and at two under par is eight shots off Chawrasia’s lead.

Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello and Australian Wade Ormsby were just a shot back following the third round as Chawrasia, looking for a first European Tour win outside of his home country, moved to 10 under.

Tommy Fleetwood, the newly-crowned Race to Dubai champion, was next on at eight under alongside Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Belgian Thomas Detry.

Chawrasia will hope to record a fifth win on the European Tour on Sunday if he is able to keep his challengers at bay.

He will have his work cut out as Spaniard Cabrera Bello and Englishman Fleetwood finished second and tied third respectively here last season.

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