Chin on track to wire-to-wire win

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Chan Yih-shin fired a third-round, 3-under 68 at the Macau Open on Saturday to stay on track for a wire-to-wire victory.

Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei fired a third-round, 3-under 68 at the Macau Open on Saturday to stay on track for a wire-to-wire victory.

Chan was tied with Joonas Granberg of Finland after 17 holes at the Macau Golf and Country Club, but he birdied the last to take the outright lead with a 12-under-par 201 total

Granberg, who won the Selangor Masters in Malaysia in July, carded a 68 to lie one stroke behind Chan

Mo Joong-kyung of Korea, a two-time Asian Tour winner, fired a blistering 65 courtesy of some solid iron play and a hotter putter to tie for third place with Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, who posted a 68.

Chan made a fast start with birdies on holes two and three to turn in 33. He dropped his first shot of the day on the 12th, but swiftly recovered with birdies on 13 and 18, where he sank a pivotal birdie from eight feet.

“It has been almost two years since I led in an Asian Tour event and I’m feeling excited. I’ll be lying if I said I’m not feeling the pressure. I might be smiling on the outside, but in honest truth, the pressure is really mounting inside.

“There are many players who still have a chance to overtake me. I missed many birdie opportunities out there and will need to ensure I don’t make the same mistakes again,” said the 34-year-old whose only Asian Tour victory to date came in he 2009 King’s Cup in Thailand.

Asian Tour rookie Granberg led the tournament for the first time after a birdie on 12, but slipped back with bogeys on 13 and 14.

He birdied 15 and 17, though, to put himself back in contention and believes it will be tight race to the finish line.

The fast charging Mo of Korea played with a blister on his left toe but it did not stop him making just 23 putts in a round of seven birdies against one bogey to give himself a chance of ending his three-year title drought.

Jeev Milkha Singh of India, a two-time Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, Zaw Moe of Myanmar, Australian Adam Groom and highly rated Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand were tied in fifth place on 206, five shots off the lead.

TOP 10 LEADERBOARD
201 Chan Yih-Shin (Tpe) 66-67-68.
202 Joonas Granberg (Fin) 72-62-68.
203 Mo Joong-Kyung (Kor) 70-68-65, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 66-69-68.
206 Taw Moe (Myn) 69-70-67, Jeev M Singh (Ind) 68-68-70, Thanyakon Khrongpha (Tha) 70-66-70, Adam Groom (Aus) 67-69-70.
207 David Gleeson (Aus) 71-70-66, Wang Ter-Chang (Tpe) 67-73-67, Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 70-68-69.

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