Peter Lawrie moves up Singapore leaderboard after 67

Irish golfer cards first sub-70 tour round in over seven months

Ireland's Peter Lawrie carded his first sub-70 round on the European Tour in over seven months to move up the leaderboard at the The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore on Saturday.

Lawrie made his first cut of the season on Friday and followed it up with a five-under 67 to move to nine under and a tie for 20th position.

Staring on the back nine, the Dubliner birdied the par-five 15th before a hot streak of four straight birdies after the turn rocketed him up the leaderboard.

He carded his only bogey of the day at the sixth but recovered the shot at the next hole before making par over the last two holes.


Anders Hansen and Panuphol Pittayarat share the lead going into the final day of the event.

The duo are tied on 16 under par, with Denmark’s Hansen enjoying a strong finish to move level with day-two leader Pittayarat.

Hansen signed for birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to take a five-under-par 67 for the day, with Thailand’s Pittayarat three under.

A victory charge is a real boost for Hansen, who is playing in just his fourth tournament following a six-month absence owing to wrist surgery.

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “I didn’t hit the ball that great but I made a couple of good putts and I hit a lot of greens.

“Every time you are up there you have to be pleased and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”

Dutch golfer Robert-Jan Derksen, in his final season, is two shots behind the leaders, sharing third with America's David Lipsky. Gregory Bourdy and England's Chris Wood are next on the board.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood is one of four players four shots off the pace, being joined by Felipe Aguilar, Terry Pilkadaris and Rahil Gangjee.

Like Lawrie, Gareth Maybin and Simon Thornton will also be looking for strong final rounds after both made it to eight under at the end of play on Saturday.

Maybin carded two birdies and had no dropped shots in a two-under 70, while Thornton’s 69 was a mixed bag that included seven birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey five at the par-three 17th.