(Reuters) - SSP Chawrasia holds a one-shot lead heading into the final day of the Hong Kong Open after carding a 69 in the third round on Saturday, with Rafa Cabrera Bello and Wade Ormsby closing in on the leader to set up a nail-biting finish at Fanling.
India’s Chawrasia, who is on the verge of his first European Tour title away from home, entered the third round with a two-shot lead and extended it to three at one stage before being chased down after a run of seven pars.
Spaniard Cabrera Bello and Australian Ormsby moved to within one shot of the Indian after recording a six-under-par 64 and a five-under-par 65 respectively at the Hong Kong Golf club to move to joint-second.
“I’m happy with the score today, although I definitely left a couple of shots out there, Chawrasia said after the round.
“I felt a little extra pressure today which probably why missed a couple of putts but I will think I can do something special tomorrow.
“This course really suits my game... I’ll definitely have to shoot a low number to win because someone just behind me will definitely go low.”
Swede Alexander Bjork and Ormsby led along with Chawrasia at the turn before the 39-year-old Indian surged ahead.
Recently-crowned Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, Bjork and Belgian Thomas Detry are a shot behind Cabrera Bello and Ormsby while defending champion Sam Brazel fell well off the pace.
Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty