Fan, Chen share Shanghai lead
http://sports.sina.com.cn 2008年05月18日10:28 新浪体育
May 17, 2008: Despite once holding a seven-stroke advantage on the third day, Chen Xiaoma heads into the final round of the Shanghai Championship sharing the lead with Fan Zhipeng at five-under-par.
Chen’s up-and-down 74 defined a round of two halves, while Fan shot an even-par 72 at the Orient (Shanghai) Golf and Country Club in the fourth event of this year’s Omega China Tour.
Both of the 29-year-olds are looking for their first victory on the Tour and will play in Sunday’s final flight with Liao Guiming, whose 70 put him two-under and one ahead of Asian Tour player Alex Wu Ashun and Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Mong-nan, who shot 71 and 72.
Four previous champions on Tour – Wu Kangchun, Lu Wen-teh, Zheng Wengen and Li Chao – are the next names on the leaderboard and within striking distance of the co-leaders.
Meanwhile, Yang Taoli, the first female pro to compete on the Omega China Tour, continued her headline-making debut with a second successive 72 to lie tied-15th
Chen, the Tour’s ‘Most Improved Player’ last year after three top-four finishes, bagged three birdies in his first seven holes to go 10-under, which put him seven shots clear on hole eight where Fan suffered his second bogey of the round.
Chen’s fortune switched after making the turn in 33. A double-bogey on 11 and dropped shots on 14, 16 and 17 resulted in a back nine of 41, although he remained upbeat.