SUZHOU, China (AP) — Y.E. Yang shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the China Open on Saturday.
Yang’s bogey-free round at Jinji Lake Golf Club left him with a 14-under total of 202, one shot ahead of Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (68) and Welshman Jamie Donaldson (69).
“Today was bogey-free, but it was also tough to save par on a lot of occasions,” said Yang, who was eighth at the Masters last week.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, a former European Tour rookie of the year, salvaged a 70 and was three shots back. Overnight leader Kim Do-hoon of South Korea Kim (73) and 2005 champion Stephen Donald of Wales (66) were at 10 under.
China’s top player, Liang Wenchong, fell from seventh place into a tie for 13th at 7 under after a 73.