WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Yuxin Lin of China birdied the 18th hole for a 2-under 69, giving him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur and a shot at playing in the Masters and The Open next year.
Lin recovered from a triple bogey on the sixth hole at Royal Wellington - his second of the week - with three birdies over his last five holes.
He was at 8-under 205 and led by one shot over Min Woo Lee of Australia and Andy Zhang, a sophomore at Florida who qualified for the U.S. Open at age 14. Lee birdied the 18th for a 71. Zhang shot 67.
Yuan Yechun was three shots behind, giving China three of the top six spots on the leaderboard.