Shenzhen International day 3: Wiesberger stays in front

Last Updated April 22 2017, 12:53

Bernd Wiesberger

Bernd Wiesberger saw his Shenzhen International lead reduced from four to three shots on Saturday.

Day three leaders


-15 Bernd Wiesberger

-12 Dylan Frittelli

-11 Ross Fisher, Dean Burmester, George Coetzee, David Lipsky

Day three report


Bernd Wiesberger will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International after posting a third-round 69.

The 31-year-old Austrian held a four-shot lead after round two was completed earlier on Saturday, having carded a seven-under-par 65 on Friday before storms brought a premature end to play for the second day running.

He saw his lead wiped out by Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, whose strong start included a hole in one at the par-three third.

But Wiesberger kept his cool and, after collecting five birdies - albeit alongside two bogeys - in his third round, will go into Sunday three strokes ahead of Dylan Frittelli. The South African registered a third successive four-under-par 68 on Saturday.

England's Ross Fisher was one of four players sharing third place on 11 under. Fisher fired 69 in his third round and was four shots off the pace alongside American David Lipsky (67) and South African pair George Coetzee (67) and Dean Burmester (68).

Two-time former Masters champion Bubba Watson was a stroke further back after a 70 and was joined by French pair Alexander Levy (64) and Bourdy (70), and China's Liu Yan-wei (66).

"I didn't start off really well," Wiesberger told the European Tour's official website. "I hit a couple of crooked shots and left a couple of putts out there but then from when I holed the putt on seven I felt more comfortable and was rolling the ball a bit better.

"I was in a similar position a couple of weeks ago in Malaysia and had a sloppier day, so I'm happy with the way I bounced back and to shoot three under par is a decent score today.

"The guys were coming at me hard early on today as well so I'm expecting no less for tomorrow, so I'm just trying to commit to my shots and enjoy it out there."

Third-round collated scores


(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

201 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 67 65 69

204 Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 68 68 68

205 Dean Burmester (Rsa) 67 70 68, Ross Fisher 71 65 69, David Lipsky (USA) 73 65 67, George Coetzee (Rsa) 70 68 67

206 Alexander Levy (Fra) 74 68 64, Yan-wei Liu (Chn) 69 71 66, Bubba Watson (USA) 66 70 70, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 67 69 70

207 Brett Rumford (Aus) 72 67 68, Jordan Smith 69 69 69

208 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 68 68 72, Daniel Im (USA) 69 70 69

209 Richie Ramsay 69 68 72, Alexander Bjork (Swe) 71 67 71, Tommy Fleetwood 69 71 69, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 71 70 68, Brandon Stone (Rsa) 74 71 64, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 67 72 70

210 Marcus Armitage 71 71 68, Stephen Gallacher 70 72 68, Eduardo De La Riva (Spa) 68 73 69, James Morrison 70 66 74, Julien Quesne (Fra) 71 68 71, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 72 71 67

211 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 70 72, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 75 66 70, (a) Yuxin Lin (Chn) 74 67 70, Ryan Fox (Nzl) 71 71 69, Bernd Ritthammer (Ger) 69 73 69, Scott Jamieson 69 69 73

212 Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 67 72 73, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 73 71 68, Haydn Porteous (Rsa) 67 73 72, Joost Luiten (Ned) 71 71 70, Matthew Southgate 72 71 69, Jason Scrivener (Aus) 70 72 70, Peter Hanson (Swe) 70 71 71, Duncan Stewart 71 67 74, Paul Dunne 70 72 70

213 Ricardo Gouveia (Por) 72 72 69, Peter Uihlein (USA) 71 70 72, Xue-wen Luo (Chn) 71 72 70, Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 74 68 71, Nacho Elvira (Spa) 71 74 68, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 72 70 71

214 Ze-yu He (Chn) 72 72 70, Zi-hao Chen (Chn) 73 69 72, Sam Brazel (Aus) 71 74 69, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 74 70 70

215 Richard Bland 73 71 71, David Drysdale 70 72 73, Romain Wattel (Fra) 71 73 71, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 70 73 72, Alexander Knappe (Ger) 74 70 71, Paul Peterson (USA) 74 71 70, Hui-lin Zhang (Chn) 71 74 70

216 Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 71 74 71, Tian Yuan (Chn) 71 73 72, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 70 71 75, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 72 69 75, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 75 70 71, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 71 69 76, Graeme Storm 74 68 74

217 Hong-fu Wu (Chn) 72 69 76, Justin Walters (Rsa) 73 70 74

218 David Howell 70 74 74, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 75 70 73

219 Wen-yi Huang (Chn) 71 74 74, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 71 78

221 Chris Paisley 72 73 76

223 Ding-feng Liang (Chn) 69 75 79

225 Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 72 72 81

Day two report


Bernd Wiesberger led by four shots after shooting a 65 in the second round of the Shenzen International when storms brought a premature end to play for the second day running.

The Austrian had returned to the Genzon Golf Club course on Friday morning to complete his opening round, held over from Thursday after the threat of lightning had led to a suspension which saw several players unable to finish.

After resuming, Wiesberger birdied the 17th en route to carding a 67 that saw him move within one of the lead.

He then picked up seven more shots in the second round to complete the day on 12 under.

With none of the afternoon players having completed more than nine holes of their second rounds before play was brought to another early finish, Wiesberger's closest challengers were Dylan Frittelli and Thorbjorn Olesen, who both posted 68s for the second successive day.

Scotland's Richie Ramsay was a shot back after also carding a 68, leaving him alongside Gregory Bourdy and first-round leader Bubba Watson, who were on course when the hooter sounded.

Wiesberger, who has finished in the top five seven times in the last eight months, told the European Tour website: "I can't complain about the score today. It was a long day, I got up at 0430 to finish a couple of holes.

"I started well and picked up from the day before. I hit a drive down 17 early in the morning and got my round in of 67 so I was pleased with that and I kept going that way, driving the ball nicely and putting really well.

"I was feeling comfortable when I was getting the ball on the green and rolling in well on the green, so that was key for me today to get something in the mid 60s.

"I played a few holes on Tuesday and I said to my caddie it feels like a course that suits me and suits my game. I knew I was playing decent coming into this week."

The second round will resume at 0630 on Saturday, with the third round due to go off two tees later in the morning.

Second round collated scores


Play was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning, with half of the field left to complete their second rounds, and will resume at 06:30 local time tomorrow.

(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72):

(a) denotes amateur

132 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 67 65

136 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 68 68, Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) 68 68

137 Richie Ramsay 69 68

138 Jordan Smith 69 69, George Coetzee (Rsa) 70 68, Scott Jamieson 69 69

139 Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 70, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 67 72

141 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 75 66, Peter Uihlein (USA) 71 70, (a) Yuxin Lin (Chn) 74 67, Matteo Manassero (Ita) 70 71, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 71 70, Eduardo De La Riva (Spa) 68 73, Gregory Havret (Fra) 70 71

142 Alexander Levy (Fra) 74 68, Stephen Gallacher 70 72, Paul Dunne 70 72, Bernd Ritthammer (Ger) 69 73

143 Xue-wen Luo (Chn) 71 72, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 70 73, Matthew Southgate 72 71, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 72 71

144 Tian Yuan (Chn) 71 73, Ze-yu He (Chn) 72 72, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 73 71, Romain Wattel (Fra) 71 73

145 Brandon Stone (Rsa) 74 71, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 75 70, Paul Peterson (USA) 74 71

146 Daxing Jin (Chn) 75 71, Ashun Wu (Chn) 71 75, Carlos Pigem (Spa) 75 71, Bradley Dredge 74 72

147 Niclas Fasth (Swe) 75 72, Jaco Van Zyl (Rsa) 75 72, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 73 74, Adrian Otaegui (Spa) 74 73, Zi-han She (Chn) 77 70, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 78 69

148 Scott Hend (Aus) 73 75, Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 79 69, Renato Paratore (Ita) 73 75

149 Rongjian Tang (Chn) 75 74, Marcel Siem (Ger) 71 78, Zeming He (Chn) 72 77

150 Xinyang Li (Chn) 80 70, Tu-xuan Wu (Chn) 78 72, Callum Shinkwin 75 75, Wei-yu Zhu (Chn) 76 74, Soomin Lee (Kor) 75 75

151 Xiaofei Luo (Chn) 74 77, Kristoffer Broberg (Swe) 78 73, (a) Yixin Xing (Chn) 75 76, Lian-Wei Zhang (Chn) 80 71, Lee Slattery 75 76

152 Sam Walker 75 77, Wei-Huang Wu (Chn) 75 77, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 75 77, Chun Liu (Chn) 77 75, Mu Hu (Chn) 73 79

153 Zheng Ouyang (Chn) 76 77, Yan Sun (Chn) 80 73, Yi-nong Yang (Chn) 79 74

154 Yi Cao (Chn) 80 74, Hao Yuan (Chn) 79 75

155 Bin Yan (Chn) 76 79

156 Ren Han (Chn) 78 78

157 Qin Xu (Chn) 82 75

160 Shang Zhi (Chn) 80 80

161 Fang-yi Li (Chn) 83 78, (a) Zehao Liu (Chn) 84 77

163 Hao-Yuan Lv (Chn) 86 77

165 (a) Peiyi Tan (Chn) 84 81

Day one report


Bubba Watson topped the leaderboard at the Shenzhen International after an opening round curtailed first by the threat of lightning before darkness saw play suspended for the day.

Two-time Masters winner Watson, making his fourth appearance at the tournament, recovered from an early bogey to post a six-under 66 - his lowest round of the year to date.

That gave the American a one-shot lead over the rest of the field, with five players tied on five under and a further four just two off the pace.

Starting on the back nine, Watson dropped his only shot on his third hole - the 12th - but bounced back with three birdies over the next four holes to reach the turn in 34.

He picked up another shot on the first before sinking an eagle on the next, then finishing his round with a final birdie to card six under and claim the clubhouse lead at the Genzon Golf Club.

"You know anytime you shoot six under, shoot in the 60s, you're happy with it but every golfer can pick and choose what they wish they did better. But all in all a great day and a good start," Watson told the European Tour website.

"I just made putts today. Most of my swings and most of my shots were really good today and there were no bad swings in there so it just made the score better."

Watson had completed his round when almost two hours of play was lost because of the lightning threat, while South African pair Dean Burmester and Haydn Porteous, France's Gregory Bourdy, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Maximilian Kieffer of Germany were also able to finish to sit within a shot of the leader.

Porteous mixed 10 birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey on the par-five ninth to leave himself well-placed on the leaderboard alongside compatriot Burmester, who had a single bogey to blemish his first-round card of 67.

Bourdy enjoyed a flawless round with five birdies, Kieffer picked up six shots while dropping one on the sixth, while four birdies on the back nine helped Jaidee climb the leaderboard.

Dylan Frittelli was the only player among the group on four under to complete his opening round, with Eduardo de la Riva, Bernd Wiesberger and Thorbjorn Olesen set to complete their remaining holes when play resumes on Friday.

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