Bae Sang-moon tied for 5th place in Hong Kong Open 3R
Bae Sang-moon has been in the spotlight for a long time as he faced Cameron Smith (Australia) and Pachara Khongwatmai (Thailand) in the final group on the third day of the Hong Kong Open (total prize money of $2 million).
Bae Sang-moon hit 2 under par 68 with 3 birdies and 1 bogey in the third round of the tournament held at Hong Kong Golf Club (par 70, 6,710 yards) on the 11th.
Bae Sang-moon, who recorded a total of 13 under par and 197 strokes over three days, enters the final round tied for 5th place, down three places from the previous day.
Bae Sang-moon traded a birdie on the 3rd hole (par 5) for a bogey on the 5th hole (par 3), and continued his frustrating game until the 15th hole. The second birdie he had been waiting for came at the 16th hole (par 4), and he used the momentum to add a birdie at the 17th hole (par 4).
LIV Golf's Cameron Smith aggressively pulled off 6 birdies and blocked with 1 bogey, hitting 5 under par 65.
Another fellow player, Pachara Kongwatmai, overcame a bogey on the first hole (par 4) and added 5 birdies, reducing the score by 4 strokes.
Smith caught up with Kongwatmai with an interim total of 16 under par 194 strokes. The two enter the final round tied for the lead.
Ben Campbell (New Zealand) recorded 15 under par, 195 strokes and took sole 3rd place, while Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland) and Sadom Kaekakjana (Thailand) tied for 7th place (12 under par, 198 strokes).
Taehoon Lee (Canada), a Korean player, tied for 9th place with 11 under par and 199 strokes.
In addition, Jang Yu-bin and Lee Seung-taek, who were unable to reduce the number of strokes on the third day, were relegated to a tie for 22nd place (9 under par, 201 strokes).
Jaewoong Eom and Taehee Lee also recorded even par and 1 over par, respectively, in the third round, tying for 27th place (8 under par, 202 strokes).
Min-gyu Cho is tied for 49th with 5 under par, 205 strokes, and Gyeongjun Moon is tied for 55th with 4 under par, 206 strokes. Kim Young-soo went down to a tie for 62nd place (3 under par, 207 strokes).