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Tuck Soon leads Malaysian challenge in Wellington

Photo by Moon Liu / AAC

Malaysia’s Chan Tuck Soon will enter the last round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) in T53 position after carding a third round 74 at Royal Wellington Golf Club today.

An AAC veteran with eight appearances in the event, the 23-year-old lies on eight-over-par 221 (77-70-74), five shots ahead of compatriot Muhd Afif Mohd Razif who came back with a third round 78. The other Malaysian in the field, 16-year-old Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi, missed the halfway cut by just one shot.

“I struggled a bit with my swing early in the round today and was missing the greens in the wrong places. On the second nine I stayed clam and hit more greens but the putts didn’t go in,” said Tuck Soon, whose best AAC finish of T27 came at Clearwater Bay in Hong Kong two years ago.

“The golf course is pretty scoreable this week because the wind is not strong, but the pin placements and the greens are a killer. You have to miss in the right spots or you’ll have a tough time. I will try to hit more greens and make more putts tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes,” he added.

Now in its ninth year, the AAC is organised by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and The R&A. 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 receive a place in The Open Qualifying Series with the opportunity to qualify for Carnoustie 2018.

Muhd Afif Mohd Razif (Photo by Moon Liu/AAC)


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