Kruger slips to second in Manila

2015-11-21 16:05
Jbe' Kruger (Gallo)

Manila - Taiwan's Hung Chien-yao sank three birdies in his last five holes to pull one shot clear at the Manila Masters with a four-under-par 68 on Saturday.

Hung, 23, duelled with fellow overnight co-leader Jbe Kruger at par-72 Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club before his grandstand finish put him narrowly in front of the South African.

Such was his concentration that Hung, whose caddie asks him to sing on the course to stop him tensing up, wasn't even aware of his strong closing holes.

"Really? I didn't notice. I didn't even mark my score for the last five holes as I was focused a lot. I was just thinking of getting onto the greens and having a putt," said Hung, whose aggregate score is 202.

"It would mean a lot (to win). This is my third year on the Asian Tour and I've told everyone back home that I still need experience. I'm not trying to push myself too hard. Just do my best tomorrow."

Taiwan's Lee Chieh-po, tied for the lead with Hung and Kruger after Friday's second round, was three shots off the pace after a round of 71.

Leading scores:

202 - Hung Chien-yao (TPE) 67-67-68

203 - Jbe Kruger (RSA) 69-65-69

205 - Lee Chieh-po (TPE) 68-66-71

206 - Carlos Pigem (ESP) 68-71-67, Natipong Srithong (THA) 71-69-66

207 - SSP Chawrasia (IND) 70-70-67, Sam Brazel (AUS) 68-72-67, Prom Meesawat (THA) 72-68-67, Sukree Othman (MAS) 71-68-68, Wang Jeung-Hun (KOR) 69-69-69, Adam Groom (AUS) 69-67-71

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