Deja Vu for the ex champions
It is all deja vu for the two defending champions again before the home stretch round on Sunday.
In the 3rd round of the China tour Yulong Bay Yunnan Open, 2015 competition champion Josh Geary from New Zealand benefit the most in the so-called Moving day and jumped into a solo leader position. Thai Gunn Charoenkul, the title holder of the 2014 tournament , and Briton Callum Tarren tied in the 2nd place with 4 strokes back. One stroke further lay in the leaderboard were 2 Chinese hopefuls Xiao Bowen and Yuan Tian, along with 1st round leader Mathew Webb.
Josh made a big splash with 4 strokes advantage in hand, just like 2 years ago when he suprised the field with score of -21 after 3 rounds. He today attributed his mastereful performance of 6 birdies and 1 eagle to his new putting way,which highlighted in par 3 14th hole, where he buried a difficult downhill 25 feet birdie.
The last obstacle of Josh’s victory would be tenacious Gunn, who was also Josh's playing partner 2 years ago in the very same course. Thai today posted 8 birdies and drop only one stroke.:"I still have a chance to win it all if I keep up my accurate driving ”he said.
No matter who brings home the trophy among Kiwi and Thai, an elusive record would be broken since there have been not a player who could win twice in same course during the 3 odd years history of this edition of China Tour.
The prison who could break the domination of previous champions is Briton Callum ,who enjoyed the brief glory of solo leader when he started with 3 birdies and 1 eagle in first 4 holes. By finishing with -7 for the round, he remains to be a potential dark house in the final round.
A character player Yuan Tian made the biggest jump for Chinese in the Moving Day by firing -6 and was in a good position to make a charge.and his teammate Xiao Bowen’s -4 for the day also kept the hope in a fair short distance.
The local fan’s favorite, the retired soldier Liu Chun continued his march to his first top 10 in the tour. His -12 total kept him in No.7 place in the leaderboard so far.