Rain delayed third round gets underway

Seven different nationalities were represented in the leaderboard’s top 10 as the rain delayed third round of Third Asian Amateur Championship got underway this morning.

New Zealand’s Ben Campbell at 11-under remained in a three-shot lead after the final 30 players finished their delayed second rounds early this morning. With the delay forcing the players to go out in three-balls from the 1st and 10th holes, Campbell will be joined in the final group by Malaysia’s Kenneth Christian John De Silva, eight-under, and Australia’s Cameron Smith, seven-under.

The strongest field in the tournament’s history saw South Korea, the Phillipines, Japan and Singapore also represented in the top ten. A total of 61 players made the six-over cut with 25 competitors recording sub-par 36-hole totals.

Fourteen-year-old Rupert Zaragosa – this week’s youngest and shortest competitor – recorded the stand out performance among those completing their second rounds this morning. Despite a bogey on his closing hole, he added a 69 to Thursday’s impressive 70 saw him get to five-under and a tie for sixth place. Nicknamed Dodong, he won last year’s 2010 Junior World Championships (Age 11-12) in San Diego and has twice made the cut in professional events. The son of a former touring pro, Zaragosa had talked down his chances on a long golf course on the eve of the tournament but a great putting performance has given him a realistic chance going into the weekend.

The third round of the 2011 Asian Amateur Championship will be aired live by most of the event’s broadcasters – including ESPN-Star – from 3-5 pm local time in Singapore (UTC/GMT +8 hours) today. For details check local listings.

Bill Macatee, who is part of the Masters Tournament commentator team, and ESPN-Star’s Dom Boulet will act as the on-site, English-speaking announcers, along with Darren Carroll, who will be the on-course commentator.