Campbell holds lead as Matsuyama charges

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama made the early running but overnight leader Ben Campbell managed to hold his lead into the back nine of the third round of the Asian Amateur Championship.

The 20-year-old New Zealander started with his first bogey of the week but recovered immediately with a birdie at the 444-yard, par-four 2nd. He confirmed it was business as usual by picking up a two at the 6th hole and another birdie at the par-five 9th hole thanks to a precise lob wedge from 60-yards. Another birdie at the following hole gave him a brief six shot lead only for a misjudged approach into the water at the 12th and a resultant double bogey brought him back to 12-under.

Matsuyama, playing in the penultimate group, was in second place after setting up a string of birdie chances. Despite missing several putts, he still picked up shots at holes 3, 6, 13 and 14 to get to 10-under par for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Cameron Smith continued with his usual aggressive game and remained well placed at one-under for the day, eight-under for the tournament, through 14 holes. Day one leader South Korea’s Soo-min Lee joined him in third place with birdies on holes 12 and 13.