x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Top 20 finish in Singapore in reach for Ahmed Al Musharrekh

UAE golfer dealt with rain delays but fought for a level-par finish on Saturday, putting him in position for a top 20 spot if he can shoot in the 60s Sunday.

The UAE's Ahmed Al Musharrekh dealt with rain delays and a slow start to shoot a score of level-par Saturday at the Asian Amateur Golf Championship in Singapore.

The 20-year-old golfer from Dubai started his third round on the back nine, bogeyed four of his first eight holes but still managed to find some birdies which got him to the turn at one-over.

Al Musharrekh, watched by teammate Khalid Yousuf, who missed the cut, picked up two shots on his back nine, plus one more bogey, to come home with a 72, leaving him at one-over for the tournament after three rounds.

A score in the 60s on Sunday, in his final round, could see him finish in the top 20 at the tournament.

"Once Ahmed picked up a few birdies, he settled down, started to swing the club well and made some solid pars," said Chris Vallender, the UAE coach.

"There was another rain delay midway through the back nine of about 40 minutes, and I must say that Ahmed adjusted well to all the interruptions.

"This has been a tremendous week of golf for the UAE and, whatever happens tomorrow, it should be another good round for Ahmed.

"The guys can be very proud of what they have achieved and how they have conducted themselves."

The battle for victory in the tournament looks as if it will be contested today between Ben Campbell, the New Zealander, and the defending champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

Campbell leads the way on 14 under, but a round of 65 saw Matsuyama move up the leaderboard to start today only one back.

UAE TV: Asian Amateur Championship, final round at Singapore, 11am, ESPN