SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Scott Hend of Australia shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to move within one stroke of leader Raphael Jacquelin of France at the Asian Open.
Jacquelin had four birdies and two bogies for a 70 and an 11-under 211 through three rounds at the Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club. Hend had seven birdies and two bogies.
After spending 2004 and 2005 on the PGA Tour, Hend lost his card before tearing muscles in his left hand last year. Now on the Asian Tour, Hend says he’s ready to win.
“I’m as close as I’ve been for a long time. But there are a lot of other guys out there that I’ve got to beat and one of them is myself,” he said.
Three players were two shots off the lead — Sweden’s Joakim Backstrom (68), Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (68) and Scotland’s Simon Yates (64).
Colin Montgomerie had a 69, and was part of a group of three players who were three strokes behind.
Ernie Els shot a 68 and was five strokes back, while fellow South African Retief Goosen was nine shots behind after a 69.
“I’ve got half a chance now,” Els said. “I’m just glad I made a few putts on the back nine as I have not holed anything all week.”