Maekyung Open: Hamza climbs to 14th after third round

The 28-year-old rose from 70th on the first day to 14th .

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Amin fired two bogies and two birdies to finish with a par score of 72 in the third round to secure eighth position. STOCK IMAGE

SEOUL/ KARACHI: Pakistani golfer Hamza Amin climbed to the 14th spot after the third round of the 34th GS Caltex Maekyung Open Golf Championship at Namseoul Country Club in Seoul, Korea on Saturday.

Amin fired two bogies and two birdies to finish with a par score of 72 in the third round to secure eighth position, while with an aggregate of two-over-par 218 he climbed to the 14th spot.

The Pakistani golfer scored three-over-par 75 in the first round and one-under-par 71 in the second round to come up from the 70th spot to 14th.

“I am getting used to the weather, especially the wind, which affects the accuracy of the shots. Climbing to 14th amid world class golfers is an amazing feeling,” Amin told The Express Tribune from Korea. “I have played at this course before but the presence of top golfers does put a bit pressure but I’ve learnt to handle that.”

Norris takes third-round lead

Australian veteran Jason Norris shot a par 72 to head the leaderboard after the third round of OneAsia’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open near Seoul.

Birdies at the third and 14th holes cancelled out bogeys at the fifth and seventh and kept the 42-year-old on an even keel, as his fellow overnight leader, South Korean Moon Kyong-Jun, fired a 74 to drop to second place.

“It has been a while since I led after three rounds,” said Norris, who is bidding to become the first foreigner to win the tournament in a decade. “I didn’t play quite as well today. I wasn’t tired or nervous, just didn’t quite hit it as well.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2015.

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