Chinese teenager Lin Yuxin carded a third round 69 to take the lead on eight-under-par in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Royal Wellington.
The left-hander from Beijing recovered from a triple bogey on the sixth hole with a back nine 32 and leads by one shot from compatriot Andy Zhang (67) and halfway leader Lee Min Woo (71) of Australia.
The winner receives an invitation to compete in the 2018 Masters at Augusta National and direct entry into The Open Championship at Carnoustie next July. The runner-up receives a place in The Open Qualifying Series with the opportunity to qualify for Carnoustie 2018.
“I’m pretty satisfied with my score, especially with a triple bogey on the sixth hole. I had a triple bogey two weeks ago in a European Challenge Tour event and I was kind of frustrated and had another bogey, so I was just trying to hang in there. I had a couple of deep breaths and just tried to slow down a little bit,” said Lin, who turned 17 earlier this month.
Asked if he was nervous playing in front of large crowds, Lin replied: “I’m actually not that nervous because I played in lots of big events in the last couple of years, so I’m kind of used to playing with the crowds. I’ll probably just stick with my plan for tomorrow as well … just be patient,” he added.
First round leader Shae Wools-Cobb of Australia lies fourth on five-under-par after signing in a 71, one shot ahead of home favourite Kerry Mountcastle and another Chinese player, Yuan Yechun.
Now in its ninth year, the AAC is organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A.
Leading Round 3 Scores:
205 – LIN Yuxin (CHN) 69-67-69
206 – Lee Min Woo (AUS) 67-68-71, Andy ZHANG (CHN) 69-70-67
208 – Shae WOOLS-COBB (AUS) 63-74-71
209 – Kerry MOUNTCASTLE (NZL) 69-70-70, YUAN Yechun (CHN) 74-66-69
210 – Lloyd Jefferson GO (PHI) 67-72-71, Keita NAKAJIMA (JPN) 72-68-70
211 – Dylan PERRY (AUS) 71-69-71, Daniel HILLIER (NZL) 70-73-68