JUVIC PAGUNSAN had a disastrous start but limited the damage by steadying himself up on the back nine for a 73 in the third round of the Open Championship on Saturday in Lancashire, England.
The 34-year-old Pagunsan, who topped last year’s Asian Tour money list, enters the final round at six-over 216, and will look to break the trend—he has scored in rising numbers with a 71 in the opening round followed by a 72 then a 73.
Pagunsan actually birdied the par-3 No. 1 but dropped four shots in four holes from No. 3, a par-4 that he double-bogeyed. He bogeyed the fourth hole and dropped another shot on No. 6 to reach the turn at Royal Lytham & St Anne at three over.
The Bacolod native traded a birdie for a bogey on the back side to score three over for the day and six over for the tournament.
Australia's Adam Scott grabbed the lead while overnight leader Brandt Snedeker slipped to joint second.
Scott carded a two-under 68 for an 11-under 199 total, while Snedeker had a 73 for a seven-under 203 aggregate. That was matched by former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, who had a 67.
Tiger Woods was alone in fourth place at six under after a level par 70.