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Local hero Li moves up to T3rd in China Open 04-30-2016
Haotong Li
There could be a home winner at the Volvo China Open for the second year running after Hao Tong Li moved to within two shots of the lead after a 6-under-par 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round. Ashun Wu made history at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club 12 months ago when he became the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil and Li is in line to repeat the feat after moving up to tied third on 14-under 202. It would be less of a surprise given that Li was sixth in this event last year but victory would still be a huge achievement given that he's just 20 years old. The youngster made his move at Topwin Golf & CC today by connecting four straight birdies at 5, 6, 7 and 8 before adding another at 11. His momentum was checked with a bogey-6 at 12 but he responded by circling further red at 14 and 18 to slot in just two behind joint leaders Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar. Once again, the European Tour provided no stats on his round.
Noren two back with 18 to play in China Open 04-30-2016
Alexander Noren
Alex Noren maintained his title bid at the Volvo China Open in Beijing after handing in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in Saturday's third round. One back at start of play, the Swede now trails by two but at 14-under 202 he has leading duo Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar very much in his crosshairs. It was a wild ride for Noren on the front nine as he mixed an eagle-3 at 8 with a double bogey-6 at 5 along with birdies at 1, 3 and 7 and finally a bogey at 9. That added up to an outward 34, a score he matched coming home although in more serene style after seven pars and birdies at 11 and 18. The 33-year-old hit every green in regulation in round two but had to settle for 13 today. He could only save par twice although he needed just 26 putts.
Colsaerts has eyes on second China Open win 04-30-2016
Nicolas Colsaerts
Nicolas Colsaerts lifted the trophy at the 2011 Volvo China Open and is in position to win it for a second time after splashing seven birdies and no bogeys in a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in Saturday's third round. That's just two swings behind joint leaders Lucas Bjerregaard and Felipe Aguilar. Colsaerts arrived at 14-under 202 thanks mainly to a burst of five birdies in seven holes. As well as those gains at 8, 10, 12, 13 and 14 he picked up further shots at 5 and 18 in favorable scoring conditions at the Ian Woosnam-designed Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing. As in round two, the big-hitting Belgian speared 16 greens in regulation and got up and down both times when he missed. Today's round followed an opening 70 and a Friday 67 so Colsaerts is stepping up his title bid each day. Despite the tournament moving to different courses, this event has been kind to him. As well as his win five years ago at Luxehills International, the former Ryder Cup star was runner-up at Binhai Lake in 2012 and also cracked the top 10 at Suzhou Jinji Lake in 2010.
Bjerregaard bogey-free 65; ties lead in China 04-30-2016
Lucas Bjerregaard
Lucas Bjerregaard torched Topwin Golf & CC for a 7-under-par 33-32=65 in Saturday's third round and joined halfway leader Felipe Aguilar at the top of the Volvo China Open leaderboard with 18 holes to play. For the second lap running, the Dane went bogey free and he's dropped just a single shot through his first 54 holes. Bjerregaard gave his round dramatic impetus by holing his second shot for an eagle-2 at the 483-yard par-4 4th hole and went to the turn in 33 after a birdie at 8. He circled further red at 11, 12, 16 and 18 on the back nine to arrive at 16-under 200 and share top spot with Aguilar. The pair are two in front of Alex Noren, Tyrrell Hatton, Hao Tong Li and Niocolas Colsaerts. For the third day running, Bjerregaard hit just 8 (of 14) fairways but so far this week he's missed just seven greens in regulation and is a perfect 7-for-7 in scrambling. The 24-year-old, who has three top fives in his last six starts in China, will be seeking a first European Tour title on Sunday.