Paul Dunne in pursuit of Soomin Lee as play suspended in China

Third round of weather-disrupted Shenzhen International suspended due to darkness

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Paul Dunne of Ireland plays a shot during the third round of the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

 

Korea’s Soomin Lee remains the man to catch in the weather-disrupted Shenzhen International despite some spectacular scoring from England’s Callum Shinkwin.

Shinkwin began the delayed third round at Genzon Golf Club 11 shots off the lead, but carded a brilliant 62 to set the clubhouse target on 12 under par before play was suspended due to darkness.

Ireland’s Paul Dunne is in a tie for fourth - before his third round was suspended the Greystones native was two under par. Birdies on the ninth and 10th made up a bogey-free 12 holes that leaves him nine under overall.

Lee, who has yet to drop a shot all week, was 14 under after completing 11 holes of his round in one under, with play scheduled to resume at 6.30pm local time on Sunday.

Shinkwin also had to play his entire second round on Saturday morning after more than six hours of play had been lost to bad weather, but showed no signs of fatigue to card eight birdies and an eagle in his third round to storm into contention for victory in his rookie European Tour season.

The 22-year-old fired five birdies in six holes from the 11th and also eagled the 17th to race to the turn in 29, before picking up further shots on the second, fifth and ninth.

“Tournament-wise it’s my lowest round by three shots, so it’s nice to be able to do that,” said Shinkwin, who beat Matt Fitzpatrick in the final of the English Amateur Championship in 2013 and played in the Walker Cup later that year.

“To tell the truth, I missed a couple of putts as well, including a 10-footer at the 10th, but it was a great round. I drove the ball great and on the par fives I took advantage of the good tee shots. The greens are soft and they are quite slow, but they are very true.

“I was probably on the right side of the draw. I had a whole day off on Friday so I was able to relax, watch a bit of TV and talk to people at home and then I was able to do some practice late evening. I was the last man out on the range and the putting green and then it all kickstarted from there.”

Lee is playing just the sixth European Tour event of his career, but finished third on his debut in Hong Kong last October and was second in the Maybank Championship Malaysia in February, when he led by two with three to play but double-bogeyed at the 16th and 18th.

“I was a little bit nervous today but it turned out okay because I was chipping it well and I was making short putts so that kept me feeling confident,” Lee said.

“I was just trying to keep it bogey-free and not make any mistakes and that will be the same tomorrow. I will just try and hit the fairways and hit the greens and just focus on keeping bogeys off the card.

“This week is really helping my game and my confidence. When I played in Malaysia I felt very nervous but if I have a chance towards the end tomorrow, I think I will be better this time.”

England’s Lee Slattery and South Africa’s Brandon Stone were four off the lead with six holes remaining, with Dunne, Alexander Levy and Joost Luiten another shot back.

Australia’s Scott Hend, who won his second European Tour title in Thailand last month, had earlier made an albatross on the 17th as the second round was completed on Saturday morning.

The 43-year-old holed his second shot from 233 yards to cap a spectacular round of 65, which also featured three birdies and an eagle.

“I hit a nice five wood and heard a clap up at the green,” said Hend, whose ball landed just a few feet from the hole, took two bounces and dropped in.

“I turned to TC (Tony Carolan, his caddie) and said wouldn’t it be funny if it went in. A cameraman came up and said it was a two — it was very surprising.

“It’s awesome. When you have a hole in one it’s great, but an albatross really gives you more of an edge. I three-putted the par-three hole before so I was lucky to get it back — and more.”

Hend began the third round five shots off the lead, but followed a birdie on the second with a double-bogey on the seventh and a bogey on the 12th to fall eight strokes adrift.

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