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Han Chang-won leads Asian Amateur Championship

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A determined Han Chang-won of Korea posted a 1-under par 71 on Day 3 of the Asian Amateur Championship to take a two-shot lead into the final round at the inaugural event being played at Mission Hills Golf Club’s World Cup Course in southern China.

Han, the 21-year-old winner of the individual title at last month’s Nomura Cup (Asia Pacific Teams Championship), finished on a 54-hole aggregate of 10-under 206 and leads compatriot Eric Chun, who shot 66, with just one day remaining in the race to be the first winner in championship history.

Joint 36-hole leader Jordan Sherratt of Australia slipped back in the standings after posting a 74 to be in outright third at 7-under 209. New Zealand ’s Peter Spearman-Burn is one shot further back in fourth after a 1-over 73 today. Three players – China ’s Han Ren, who led the event after 18 holes, Kim Meen-Whee of Korea and Filipino Mhark Fernando – share fifth at 211.

The tournament offers an invitation to the 2010 Masters Tournament as a reward for the champion, with both the winner and the runner(s)-up earning places in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship being played next year at St Andrews .