HONG KONG (AP)—Gregory Bourdy of France shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 onSaturday to take the lead heading into the final round of the $2.5 million HongKong Open.
Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands was the only one of the three otherovernight leaders to keep pace with Bourdy, shooting a 5 under to stay withintwo strokes after the third round.
Bourdy, a two-time winner on the European Tour, maintained his form fromFriday, making four birdies on the front nine and three on the back nine for a16-under 194.Rory McIlroy of Northern Irela…
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Now No. 87 on the European Tour money list, the Frenchman boosted hischances to qualify for the $7.5 million year-end championship in Dubai nextweek, which is limited to the top 60 money earners after Hong Kong.
“It is my last chance to get into Dubai, last chance to win and I amleading by two, so I will do my best tomorrow to win,” said Bourdy, whodescribed his 63 as one of the best rounds of his career. “I hit a lot ofgreens and that has been the key the last three rounds. I have been veryconsistent with my irons and my putting was unbelievable.”
Rising star Rory McIlroy shot a 65 to sit five strokes off the pace andbolster his bid to win the European Tour money title despite a seesawing daythat saw him make a double bogey, a bogey, six birdies and an eagle. The20-year-old from Northern Ireland is No. 2 on the money race behind England’sLee Westwood .
McIlroy, who lost a playoff to Taiwan’s Lin Wen-tang last year, said he washappy with the way he recovered from the double bogey.
“I knew I was hitting it well and putting well, and it was a matter ofgiving myself chances again,” he said. “Maybe a couple of years ago aftermaking double I would have been a bit flustered … When people ask about thedifference between turning pro and now, the answer is experience.”
Two-time Hong Kong champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain briefly enjoyedthe clubhouse lead with a 7 under, before moving into fourth with an overall 10under with Lin (67), Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (66) and Italian Francesco Molinari (66).
U.S. PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang had a double bogey and two bogeysbefore recovered to a 1-under 69. The South Korean shared 10th at 202 in a groupthat included with England’s Ian Poulter (68) and overnight co-leader CharlSchwartzel of South Africa (71).
The fourth overnight leader, China’s Liang Wenchong, also faded, shootingfour bogeys for a 2-over 72 and was in a group another shot back.
Westwood, who is playing in Hong Kong for the first time, has complainedabout having a hard time getting used to the course at the Hong Kong Golf Clubin Fanling and continued to struggle on Saturday, shooting three bogeys en routeto a 1-under 69 that put him at 205.
Eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie shot a3-under 67 and was also at 5 under.