Final round underway

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama took an early lead in the final round of the third Asian Amateur Championship.

Teeing off in near perfect golfing conditions, the final group started at 9.40am with the Masters Tournament Silver Cup winner carding a birdie three at the 1st hole to go into a tie for first place with overnight leader Ben Campbell.

Disaster struck for Campbell at the next hole, handing 19-year-old Matsuyama – wearing his traditional final day outfit of yellow and white – a two-shot lead with a double-bogey six at the 444-yard, 2nd hole, to slip back to 12-over par. However, he showed there is much golf left to play by bouncing back with a birdie at the 384-yard, par-four, 3rd hole to close the gap to one.

Meanwhile, their playing partner Cameron Smith of Australia got himself to 11-under for the tournament with a birdie at the 2nd hole.

Elsewhere, Australia’s Jake Higginbottom was seven-under for the tournament after six holes thanks to a hat-trick of birdies from the 3rd hole. Japan’s Masal Kawamura went one better, recording birdies at holes 3, 4, 5 and 6 after bogeying the 2nd hole to get to five-under par.

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