December 5th, 2015, the third round of Ho tram Open took place in a perfect condition. Unlike the two previous days when all golfers had to deal with the very strong wind of the link-styled The Bluffs Ho Tram. The wind was not so strong on the 3rd day made the race to the No.1 golfer was very intense. Three golfers: Lin Wen-Tang, Shaun Norris và Sergio Garcia alternately ranked first on the scoreboard until the last hole when Garcia and Norris made mistakes and Lin still kept his stability.
Lin finishes his 3rd round with the score 3-under par 68 to lead the race with the total score after 3 days of 13-under par 200. Shaun Norris and Sergio Garcia shared the 2nd place with the total score of 11-under par.
Lin felt a bit nervous and scared when he didn’t have a good results on the first holes, he bogeyed number two and four and a double bogey because of a poor chip. Fortunately, the caddie who is also his younger brother calm Lin down and he recovered nicely. He came back with six birdies to post a three-under-par 68 for a three-day total of 13-under-par 200 in the inaugural Asian Tour tournament.
“Sergio hits the ball so long and he is such a nice guy. Every time I make a birdie, he will tell me ‘good birdie Lin’. I haven’t won in two years but my wife told me not to think ahead. I just want to enjoy the final round. If the win comes then good, if not, I’ll try again next time.” Said Lin.
The Spaniard had a massive amount of support, as evidenced by the sheer volume of spectators who followed his group starting from the very first tee. He didn’t disappoint either, posting a 3-under-par 68 which kept him in the chase for a first title of the year. Garcia dropped a double bogey on six and a closing bogey with an errant drive, but six birdies ensured he remained within striking reach.
“Overall I felt like I played quite well other than those two holes. Made some good putts on the back nine, missed some short ones for birdies but I guess even with those hiccups, I still have a chance.” Said Garcia
Shaun NORRIS (RSA) finished his two first rounds with the total score of 5-under-par 137 (66-71) in the richest full-field Asian Tour event. On the third day, he had a much better score with 6-under par 65 for a two-day aggregate of 11-under-par 202.
“I’ve been doing everything well and I’ve been enjoying the game so much in the last couple of months. I’m going to be a little bit sad about giving up on the long putter. I never really had problems where I couldn’t hole a putt. I just reverted to the long putter to make it easier. My mum convinced me to try and I loved it. It is going to be sad to part with it but I’m looking forward to next year.” Said Norris
Scores after round 3
200 – LIN Wen-tang (TPE) 65-67-68.
202 – Shaun NORRIS (RSA) 66-71-65, Sergio GARCIA (ESP) 66-68-68.
203 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 64-71-68, Himmat RAI (IND) 66-69-68.
204 – Paul PETERSON (USA) 66-70-68.
206 – Geoff OGILVY (AUS) 69-70-67, Charlie WI (KOR) 62-72-72.