HUNG Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei carded a four-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Asian Tour’s Manila Masters on Saturday at the Manila Southwoods.
Hung went bogey-birdie-bogey from No. 11 but hit back-to-back birdies from No. 14 and birdied the par-3 No. 17 for a 14-under 202.
Jbe Kruger had an eagle-spiked 69 and was a stroke off the pace. He eagled the par-5 No. 15 to move to 13 under but settled for pars the rest of the way for a 203 total.
“I just played my game. I didn’t even mark my score for the last five holes as I was focused a lot,” said Hung.
‘”I’ll try to keep what my coach (Dave Stockton) has been telling me – ‘keep my foot on the gas pedal, don’t let the foot leave the guys and just enjoy the ride. I like the course and I think I’ll enjoy it tomorrow,” said Hung.
Lee Chieh-po was alone in third at 11 under after a 71.
Thailand’s Natipong Srithong shot a 66 to move up to joint fourth at 207 with Spain’s Carlos Pigem, who carded a 67.
Angelo Que shot a bogey-free six-under 66 to jump from joint 45th to a share of 12th with four others at 208.
The three-time Asian Tour winner was six shots off the pace.
“I like where I am now. I’m trailing but I’m up there now,” said Que.
“With less wind, it became easier,” said Que, who had earlier rounds of 71-71.
Rufino Bayron, just a stroke off before the day’s play, slipped with a 76 and fell to joint 32nd with six others at 211, nine shots off the leader.
Miguel Tabuena, who shot two eagles in the second round to move within four of the leaders, had a sluggish start in the third before recovering to save a 72.
The top money earner on the Philippine Golf Tour this season made double-bogey on No. 2 and a bogey on No. 10
Tabuena hit had an eagle-2 on No. 14 and hit two birdies but also bogeyed the 18th for joint 24th with seven others at 210.
Jay Bayron shot a 68 for a 212 total, which was matched by Clyde Mondilla (69) and Tony Lascuna (73).
Mars Pucay had a 75 for a 215 total, while Orlan Sumcad had a 74 for 216.