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With the low round on Moving Day, David Howell blitzed Fanling for a 7-under-par 31-32=63 to jump 44 spots to T5 with 18 holes to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

That golden lap matched the course record at Fanling and, at 7-under 203, the veteran Englishman is just four back from 54-hole leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Sam Brazel. Howell set the tone with birdies at 1 and 3 before bogeying No. 7 for the second day running. That merely proved the catalyst for a dramatic burst of scoring which saw him play the next six holes in 6-under. The run included a trio of deuces, the second for eagle at No. 10. Howell cooled off with a bogey at 15 but a walk-off birdie at the last edged him a shot nearer to the leaders. Howell will be chasing a sixth European Tour win in Sunday's final round and a first since the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Dec 10 - 5:32 AM

David Lipsky overcame a double bogey on the back nine and climbed seven spots to solo fourth through three rounds of the UBS Hong Kong Open after handing in a 4-under-par 32-34=66 on Saturday to arrive at 8-under 202.

That's just three swings behind joint leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and unheralded Aussie Sam Brazel. Lipsky burst out of the gates on Moving Day with birdies at 1, 3 and 4 and wiped out a bogey at 9 with another circle at 10. He took a slap in the face via a double bogey-6 at 11 but responded in style with an eagle-3 two holes later. A final birdie at 16 put him three back and in position to secure his second European Tour win. The American will play in Sunday's penultimate group alongside England's Tommy Fleetwood.
Dec 10 - 5:16 AM

Lifted by an eagle-3 on the back nine, Tommy Fleetwood authored a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in Saturday's third round to pull to within two shots of the lead with 18 holes to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Fleetwood played Fanling's easier front nine in just 32 blows for the third day running, this time with birdies at 3 and 5 along with seven pars. He made his big jump with an eagle-3 at 13 after putting his second shot to six feet shot and teed off at the last just a shot off the pace. Unfortunately for the Englishman, he signed off with a bogey-5 although a deficit of just two shots on leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Sam Brazel is something he can overcome. RCB has struggled to get over the line while Brazel is in unchartered territory at this level. In short, it's a golden chance for Fleetwood to post his second European Tour win.
Dec 10 - 5:08 AM

World No. 480 Sam Brazel shares the lead with Rafa Cabrera-Bello going into the final round of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling after crafting a 3-under-par 34-33=67 on Saturday.

Three back of his Spanish playing partner at start of play, the 38-year-old Aussie posted four birdies against a single bogey to arrive at 11-under 199. Brazel and RCB are two in front of Tommy Fleetwood (-9), with David Lipsky (-8) alone in fourth. A bogey at the first proved his only blemish and he balanced the books with a circle at 5. As Cabrera-Bello wobbled on the back nine, Brazel picked up shots at 11, 13 and 16 to end the day tied at the top and in position to post a win in just his ninth European Tour start. "It would mean the world," he said. "But there's 18 holes to go and I'm just going to approach it one shot at a time and try and enjoy the moment. Just learn from the experience. I started a little nervous on the first but I guess that's the situation you're in. I felt the nerves a little bit at lunch time and just sort of grounded it out and it was fun out there."
Dec 10 - 4:59 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello saw his three-shot overnight lead disappear as Saturday's even-par 35-35=70 at Fanling left him tied at the top with Sam Brazel through three rounds of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Despite a career year, RCB hasn't won and finishing the job off has been a long-term problem. His aim today was to build a healthy lead and it was all going to plan when he overcame an opening bogey to build a five-shot advantage with birdies at 2, 3 and 5. But by the 14th he was trailing for the first time since early Thursday after bogeys at 6, 7 and 9 and a double bogey-6 at 14. Birdies at 15 and 17 along with an earlier circle at 10 repaired some of the damage and allowed him to finish the day tied at 11-under 199 with Brazel. The pair are two shots clear of Tommy Fleetwood while it's a further shot back to David Lipsky. "Today my score has all colours of the rainbow in it," he said. "There's been a lot of positives and a lot of negatives. "The best thing is I'm still in it. I'm still leading. Of course it would have been nicer to have a few to spare but I still would have needed to play great tomorrow and I'm still in a position."
Dec 10 - 4:44 AM

Simon Dyson, winner of the event in 2000, crashed to a 4-over-par 37-37=74 to total 9-over 149 and miss the cut at the UBS Hong Kong Open by nine shots.

The Englishman has seven top 25 finishes in 11 starts at Hong Kong GC, including that breakthrough win at the start of the century. But in his first visit in four years he struggled badly. His rounds of 75-74 are his second and third worst efforts in 38 laps of the Fanling course. It ends a miserable 2016 in which he went 6-for-24 and never finished better than T44. Other notables who failed to survive include: 141--Jeunghun Wang; Haydn Porteous ... 143-- Kiradech Aphibarnrat; Julien Quesne ... 144--Graeme Storm, Lianwei Zhang ... 144-- SSP Chawrasia ... 146-- Renato Paratore ... 147-- Rich Beem ... 148-- Chris Hanson.
Dec 9 - 5:49 AM

Chien Yao Hung blitzed the course to shoot 4-under-par 33-33=66, good for 5-under 135 at the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling, six behind the leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

The 24-year-old is in his fourth year on the Asian Tour and in need of a solid week to confirm a third straight successful retention of his card. He sits 49th in the rankings, with the top 65 returning next year; it was almost certain, but playing the weekend ought to seal the deal. He has a strong finish to the year to thank: prior to arriving in China he was T7 in the Manilla Masters then T17 at the Indonesia Open. For a second straight day he made back-to-back birdies at 3 and 4, but gave one of the shots back at the 6th. He then raced through the back nine, circling 10, 12, 13 and 18, with just the one bogey at the 15th (his second there this week). He missed the cut here last year on debut.
Dec 9 - 5:34 AM

Steve Lewton smoothed a second round 3-under-par 32-35=67 to gained 15 spots on the leaderboard; he sits T7 after 36 holes of the UBS Hong Kong Open on 5-under 135, six back of the leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

The Englishman, who plays out of the famous Woburn GC, is one of those rare British golfers who has chosen to utilise the opportunities on the Asian Tour following stuttering attempts to reach the European Tour. Now in his fifth year on that circuit he had a career high finish of 13th in the 2014 rankings, but is currently 105th and badly in need of an excellent week: so far, so good. It's an especially fine effort given that two previous visits to the course have reaped just one sub-70 round and two missed weekends. He kept the foot to the floor after his opening 68, circling the 1st and 2nd before notching par at the next 10 holes. With a full week of golf assured he accelerated again with birdies at 13 and 17 only to fall back with a mistake at the last. A winner of the Taiwan Masters in late 2014, he hasn't made a top ten since; he'll be seeking to break that run at the very least this weekend. Only the top 65 in the Asian Tour rankings save a card for next year.
Dec 9 - 5:24 AM

Danny Chia caroused the front nine to shoot a second round 4-under-par 29-37=66 and move to T7 5-under 135 at the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

"Not everyday you shoot 29 here," the veteran Malaysian golfer told the Asian Tour after his round, a point he emphasised by needing eight strokes more on the back nine. He was hot from the blocks Friday, making five birdies in his opening seven holes (at 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7) before making par at every one of the next six challenges. He scratched bogey at both 14 and 16, but pegged a final birdie in between to lessen the damage. It is his 14th visit to the Hong Kong GC and only once has he found himself inside the top 30 by the end of the week, when T11 in 2009. That result (plus a T11 in the same year's Malaysian Open) remains his career best in 76 European Tour co-sanctioned events.
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Dec 9 - 5:13 AM

Thongchai Jaidee pegged another expert lap of Hong Kong GC; his second round 2-under-par 36-32=68 leaves him T7 on 5-under 135 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Thia veteran has a sensationally consistent record at the Fanling venue and he enjoyed it's tight nature yet again Friday with a controlled performance. He dropped a shot at the 14th after starting from the 11th - his only bogey through 36 holes - but made up for it with a birdie-3 at the 18th. On the front nine he added red at 3 and 6 to move to within six of the halfway leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello. In 13 visits to this event Jaidee has never missed the weekend, boasts 11 top 25 finishes, and has never been outside the top 20 in his last nine starts. The closest he has come to victory was T2 in 2007 having been T3 the year before.
Dec 9 - 4:57 AM

It was deja vu for Justin Walters as he hit a second straight 3-under-par 35-32=67 to sit T4 on 6-under 134 at the halfway mark of the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling, five back of the leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

The South African opened his account on the back nine Friday, posting two birdies (at 12 and 17) and one bogey (at 16). On the front nine he had a busy spell when going birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie from the 2nd. He made a solid end to the 2016 season but this is the first time he has been in contention for the title since he shot 65 in round three of the Scottish Open to lie T4 heading into the final round. This is his third visit to the Hong Kong GC and comfortably his strongest performance. He missed the cut in 2014 and was T35 12 months ago.
Dec 9 - 4:51 AM

Tommy Fleetwood conjured a 2-under-par 32-36=68 to end the second round of the UBS Hong Kong Open on 6-under 134, five back of the leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

The Englishman is somewhat surprisingly still chasing his second European Tour title, over three years since he claimed the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. But the 25-year-old's close to 2016 suggests that the second win might not be too far away annd it may even represent an early Christmas present if all goes well at the weekend. Friday was a contrast to Thursday in that the latter was bogey-free whilst the former witnessed three dropped shots, but he made up for it with five par breakers. There were two braces on the front nine, at 2 and 3, then 6 and 7, with the final one coming at 13. He turned dinner a little sour by dropping a shot at the final hole and joining a group of four tied third, with Sam Brazel alone in second on 8-under.
Dec 9 - 4:06 AM

Sam Brazel authored a Friday 4-under-par 33-33=66 to find himself alone in second on 8-under 132 at the halfway stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

The 38-year-old Australian finds himself in thin air this week, having never before contended for a title at European Tour level. In fact, he's had the odd good first round, but his previous best at the 36-hole stage on any main tour was the T3 he found himself in during this year's Myanmar Open, where he ended the tournament T15. He started Friday on the back nine and was on fire early, posting birdie-2 at the 12th and eagle-3 at the 13th. He gave a shot back at the 15th but pinched it back just two holes later. The front nine witnessed two par breakers at 5 and 6, with a dropped shot at the 9th. He's three behind the leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Dec 9 - 3:56 AM

Paul Peterson endured an up and down second round of 2-under-par 33-35=68, good for 6-under 134 and T4 at the 36-hole stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling.

The American winner of the 2016 D+D Real Czech Masters had come up short on both previous visits to Hong Kong GC, but something has clicked this week and his fine wedge play, a strength of his game when he won in the Czech Republic, has again come to the fore. The 28-year-old had a rollercoaster second day, but ultimately the red outweighed the blue. He started the journey with a brace of birdies at 3 and 4, before he gave the shots back with a pair of bogeys at 9 and 10. Another par breaker at 12 was followed by an error at 14. But he kept the best till last: birdie at 16 before draining another from 25'0" on the final green. He heads into the weekend five back of the leader Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Dec 9 - 3:39 AM

Rafa Cabrera-Bello styled a superb second round 5-under-par 31-34=65 to open up a three shot lead on the field at the halfway stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

The Spaniard signed for a 36-hole total of 11-under 129, with little known Australian Sam Brazel three back and a couple of players out on the course chasing hard. Early in his round he was as smooth as he had been in round one when hitting every single green. It helped him card two early birdies at the 2nd and 3rd. But he finally missed a green at the 176-yard par-three 5th which led to the only bogey of his two laps of Hong Kong GC this week. He closed the front nine out with back-to-back red at 8 and 9. On the back nine he tapped in for birdie at the par-five 13th, saved par from a bunker on 14 and then lashed a magnificent approach at the 426-yard par-four 15th to kick in range. It is his 8th halfway lead (three of them solo) in a European Tour event, but he is yet to convert one to a win. "I know I will win again," he said. "I've won before. I just need to keep giving myself chances. I have been working on some mistakes that maybe I have done on other occasions.&quo
Dec 9 - 3:31 AM



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