HONG KONG — Stuart Manley of Wales put himself in position for a first European Tour title by shooting a 4-under 66 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round at the Hong Kong Open.
Manley made the most of benign conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club to roll in six birdies mixed with two bogeys for a total of 10-under 200.
Wade Ormsby of Australia and Shiv Kapur of India both shot 66 as well to sit tied for a second, while defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (65) was among a trio of players a further stroke back.
Manley has never finished better than ninth on the European Tour, and the most notable moment of his career so far came last month at the World Cup of golf when he followed up a hole-in-one by making 11 on the next hole.
He was a lot more consistent on Saturday, and knows he needs to keep that up to close out the victory.
“I will use the same approach tomorrow. I not going to change anything,” the Welshman said. “I have nothing to lose. I will go out there and get it done.”
His only mishap this time came on the 16th when his approach shot hit a sprinkler head and the ball bounced away from the hole. He ended up collecting his second bogey for the day.
“That was a stiff one to take and very disappointing but the good thing is that I bounced straight back with a birdie on the 17th,” Manley said.
Overnight leader Jbe Kruger on South Africa only managed a 73 after four bogeys and a double bogey and plummeted down the leaderboard to a tie for 21st.
In contrast, Kapur managed to stay bogey free to put himself in contention.
“I stayed patient and I was rewarded for it. Today was all about putting myself into position,” Kapur said.
Jimenez is a three-time champion in Hong Kong and made seven birdies mixed with a double-bogey on the 15th.
“I’m hitting the ball well and I’m just a couple of shots behind and in in the right place,” Jimenez said.