Lawrie just off pace at Hong Kong Open
Updated: Saturday, 17 Nov 2012 14:02
Peter Lawrie is leading the Irish challenge, sitting three shots off the pace at the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling.
With Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Niall Turner all missing the cut, Dubliner Lawrie is the only remaining Irishman in the Hong Kong field and currently shares sixth place.
Miguel Angel Jimenez and Michael Campbell share the lead with a round to go in the European Tour sanctioned event in Asia.
At 48 Jimenez can become the oldest winner in European Tour history, while 43-year-old Campbell is trying to end a winless drought going back to 2005.
New Zealand's former US Open champion sank an 18-foot par putt on the last for a 69 that matched Jimenez's 10 under par total after the Spaniard played a superb chip to two feet for a 68.
Only one behind are 19-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero - he shot 64 six days after winning the Singapore Open - and China's 47-year-old Zhang Lian-wei, ranked only 1,274th in the world.
Two years ago Manassero became the youngest winner in Tour history and he is now seeking his fourth title.
He burst through the field with a back nine 30, grabbing an eagle at the long 13th and four birdies.
Campbell led by one overnight and resumed with an 18-foot birdie putt, but was overtaken when playing partner Zhang birdied the next three.
That was followed by a hat-trick of bogeys, however, and he could not get back on terms all day.
Campbell three-putted the sixth, came back with a nine-foot putt, but dropped another shot on the 11th to find himself in a three-way tie with Manassero and Jimenez.
Again he responded with another birdie, but Jimenez, twice a winner on the course, holed from nearly 20 feet at the 13th and both of them parred the last five holes.
Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed lies fifth, with Lawrie and Dane Anders Hansen only three off the pace in joint sixth.
Welshman Rhys Davies, needing to stay 119th on the money to keep his Tour card, had survived the halfway cut with nothing to spare and with a 69 is in a tie for 53rd to one over.
He is under threat, though, from Australian Andrew Dodt at four under. Dodt is 122nd on the standings.