Matsuyama poised to retain title despite late charge by Lee

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama was on course to retain his Asian Amateur Championship title with just two holes left to play at The Singapore Island Country Club.

The Tohoku Fukushi University Student continued his great form of yesterday with birdies on holes 1, 8, 9, 12 and 16 taking him to a commanding 18-under par for the tournament. A rare missed green on the 15thprovided hope for his opponents but a deft chip that made full use of the green saw him make a comfortable par and stay one-shot ahead of the field before going a further shot up at the next hole.

The 19-year-old’s main threat remains South Korea’s Lee Soo-min who made a late bid for the title by following a three-under par 33 on the front nine with birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12 to get to 16-under par. He recovered on 16 after an errant tee-shot forced him to lay up with a wonderful chip to within inches of the hole.

However, disaster struck on the 305-yard, par-four, 17th when a sliced drive onto the road narrowly avoided going out-of-bounds. The 17-year-old hit his recovery over the green and then almost holed a chip that would have put him in a tie for the lead.

Overnight leader Ben Campbell lost ground early after making a double-bogey six on the 2nd hole and dropping a further shot a hole 4. Birdies at holes 3, 7, 8, 16 and 17 taking him to 16-under and in contention for a coveted place in International Final Qualifying for The Open Championship.