Bad weather halts play in Seoul
Miguel Angel Jimenez moved into a share of the third-round lead before rain halted play at the Ballantine’s Championship.
Miguel Angel Jimenez moved into a share of the lead before rain halted play at the Ballantine’s Championship.
The Spaniard produced a superb front nine on a third day shortened by heavy rain, to share the lead alongside Australian Brett Rumford.
Jimenez opened with back-to-back birdies, and added another one at the eight to move to 10 under overall through nine holes, before the heavens opened up and halted play.
A marathon fourth day now lies ahead for the leaders, most of whom are only about halfway through their third rounds.
Jimenez was pleased with his front nine performance.
“I played very well the first nine holes, hitting it very well – no bogeys, three birdies,” he told europeantour.com.
“I birdied the first and second hole, played very well on those two holes.
“Tomorrow I play 27 holes. I feel good, I feel fine. Tomorrow is a marathon.”
Rumford managed to retain a share of the lead by staying at level par on Saturday, thanks to a birdie and a bogey on his front nine, but admitted it was tough going as he saw his lead evaporate.
“There were some tricky pins out there today,” he said. “They were placed up on the top part of all the tiers and ridges and it was pretty tricky trying to get on the right tier.
“You had to be very, very precise. I stayed patient and hit some nice golf shots, but unfortunately just kept hitting nice golf shots to about 40, 50 feet.”
Welshman Rhys Davies is alone in third at eight under through ten holes, while a group of seven players are tied on seven under, including Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, Shiv Kapur, Soren Kjeldsen, and American Dustin Johnson.
World number one Lee Westwood has also played himself back into contention, and is six under through 12 holes, only four shots off the lead.
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