Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama produced a 7-under 65 in Round 3 of the Asian Amateur Championship at Singapore Island Country Club but it still was not enough to grab the lead from Ben Campbell.
Seven birdies in a blemish free round saw the Japanese star light up the tournament after a day that began with severe weather delays. As the weather cleared it seemed to step the play up a level as the cream of Asian golf traded birdies during an absorbing third round.
However, it is 20-year-old Campbell who goes into tomorrow ahead after a birdie at the last gave him a round of 69 and a one-shot lead over Matsuyama at 14 under.
But things looked far from certain after Campbell, who made the cut at least week’s Asia Pacific Open in Japan, after a poor approach into the water on the 12th hole led to a double-bogey six.
At the same time Matsuyama was in the process of shooting a 6-under par on the back nine that resulted in a tournament equaling low of 65. The 20-year-old from Tohoku Fukushi University – who narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th - has become something of a Saturday specialist as he also shot 65 on Saturday in last year’s competition. He also shot a third-round 67 at this year’s Masters Tournament on his way to winning the Silver Cup for low amateur.