x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Yang holds on to thin lead

A fine birdie at the 15th helped YE Yang maintain his one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic after the Korean carded a solid third round of 70 in Florida.

YE Yang plays his tee shot on the tenth at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. The Korean carded a solid round of 70 to maintain his lead.
YE Yang plays his tee shot on the tenth at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens. The Korean carded a solid round of 70 to maintain his lead.

A fine birdie at the 15th helped YE Yang maintain his one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic after the Korean carded a solid third round of 70 in Florida. The overnight leader Yang began in underwhelming fashion when he bogeyed the third at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens but hit his tee shot to within 6ft at the 15th to repair the damage and remain seven under par, one stroke ahead of Jeff Overton and Jeff Klauk.

Overton also posted a 70, largely due to a triple-bogey seven at the 11th, while Klauk's 67 contained four birdies against just one dropped shot. Yang's compatriot Charlie Wie fired an impressive 65 to climb to five-under alongside Brett Quigley and John Rollins, who shot 67 and 68 respectively. Mark Calcavecchia also produced a five-under 65 to join five other players within three of the leader. Having dropped a shot at the par-five third, Yang steadied the ship in collecting 11 consecutive pars. With the pin towards the front of the 15th green bringing water into play, he just carried the hazard landed hit his tee shot to 6ft and rolled in the putt for the birdie.

Closer to home, Jyoti Randhawa secured his eighth Asian Tour victory by comfortably winning the Singha Thailand Open yesterday. The Indian, 36, carded a flawless five-under-par 65 for a 17-under 263 overall to finish two strokes ahead of the Welshman Rhys Davies, who shot a 67 at Laguna Phuket Golf Club. Jiyai Shin, the British Women's Open champion, stormed to a two-stroke victory over the Australian Katherine Hull in the HSBC Women's Champions tournament in Singapore yesterday.

* With agencies