SA's Norris races ahead in Myanmar Open

Golf ball (Gallo Images)
Golf ball (Gallo Images)

Yangon - South African's Shaun Norris claimed a seven-shot lead over his rivals Saturday in the third round of the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open, the country's richest sporting event.

The one-time Asian Tour winner started the day tied for first with India's S.S.P. Chawrasia but stormed ahead of the pack with a 11-under-par 61 at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club in Yangon.

The big drive brought him up to a three-day total of 23-under-par 193 at the tournament, which is sanctioned the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).

"It was definitely a very exciting day," Norris said according to quotes provided by the Asian Tour.

"Right from the start, everything went well. I could read the line and was striking it well, hitting the ball into places which I wanted it to be."

Japan's Azuma Yano provided another highlight Saturday when he landed his first albatross on 14, moving him up to second place alongside Chawrasia and Korea's Wang Jeunghun.

"Keeping the ball on the fairways was tough today but I managed to stay patient and my game really lifted off after that albatross where I had another two birdies on 15 and 18," Yano said.

Leading scores

193 - Shaun Norris (RSA) 66-66-61.

200 - Park Junwon (KOR) 73-64-63, Azuma Yano (JPN) 66-68-66, Wang Jeunghun (KOR) 66-68-66, S.S.P. Chawrasia (IND) 66-66-68.

203 - Rahil Gangjee (IND) 71-66-66, Kalem Richardson (AUS) 69-67-67, Thanyakon Khrongpha (THA) 68-68-67, Ryutaro Nagano (JPN) 71-65-67, Danny Chia (MAS) 65-70-68, Casey O'Toole (USA) 71-69-63.

204 - Chapchai Nirat (THA) 68-70-66, Yasunobu Fukunaga (JPN) 70-68-66, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 67-70-67, Wonjoon Lee (AUS) 71-66-67, Keith Horne (RSA) 72-63-69, Younghan Song (KOR) 67-68-69, Sam Brazel (AUS) 66-67-71.

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