Hong Kong Open 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

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Hong Kong Open 2012: Day 3 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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The Asian and European professional golf tours have collided once again for the 53rd annual Hong Kong Open tournament. 

Near the end of the golf year, both circuits meet in New Territories, Hong Kong at the historic Hong Kong Golf Club where players compete for the $2 million first-place prize. 

Golf superstar Rory McIlroy won the 2011 tournament after shooting 12 under par, but he failed to make the cut this year and won't have a chance to defend his Hong Kong Open title, so the leaderboard had a far different look this time around. 

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Michael Campbell are neck and neck with an overall score of 200 heading into the weekend, making the final round of the tournament unpredictable for golf fans. 

Read on for a look at the scoreboard heading into Round 4, as well as analysis and predictions. 

 

Scoreboard Leading into Round 4

POS 

FLT 

NAME 

NAT 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

SCORE 

HOLE/(AGG)

 

1

36

Miguel Angel JIMENEZ

ESP

65

67

68

 

-10

(200)

1

37

Michael CAMPBELL

NZL

67

64

69

 

-10

(200)

3

31

Matteo MANASSERO

ITA

67

70

64

 

-9

(201)

3

37

ZHANG Lian-wei

CHN

66

66

69

 

-9

(201)

5

36

Fredrik ANDERSSON HED

SWE

66

66

70

 

-8

(202)

6

33

Peter LAWRIE

IRL

68

68

67

 

-7

(203)

6

35

Anders HANSEN

DEN

69

64

70

 

-7

(203)

8

16

Raphael JACQUELIN

FRA

72

68

64

 

-6

(204)

8

22

Pablo LARRAZABAL

ESP

69

70

65

 

-6

(204)

8

27

Matt KUCHAR

USA

69

69

66

 

-6

(204)

8

32

Stephen GALLACHER

SCO

68

68

68

 

-6

(204)

8

34

Marcus FRASER

AUS

67

69

68

 

-6

(204)

13

24

Thongchai JAIDEE

THA

72

66

67

 

-5

(205)

13

25

Jyoti RANDHAWA

IND

68

70

67

 

-5

(205)

13

27

Lorenzo GAGLI

ITA

66

72

67

 

-5

(205)

13

28

Paul LAWRIE

SCO

69

69

67

 

-5

(205)

13

30

Mark FOSTER

ENG

69

68

68

 

-5

(205)

18

26

Andrew DODT

AUS

65

73

68

 

-4

(206)

18

28

Kwanchai TANNIN

THA

68

69

69

 

-4

(206)

18

30

Jose Maria OLAZABAL

ESP

66

71

69

 

-4

(206)

21

25

Thaworn WIRATCHANT

THA

70

68

69

 

-3

(207)

21

29

Mardan MAMAT

SIN

67

70

70

 

-3

(207)

21

29

James MORRISON

ENG

70

67

70

 

-3

(207)

21

34

Daisuke KATAOKA

JPN

68

67

72

 

-3

(207)

21

35

Javi COLOMO

ESP

64

71

72

 

-3

(207)

26

8

Kristoffer BROBERG

SWE

71

70

67

 

-2

(208)

26

11

Paul CASEY

ENG

70

71

67

 

-2

(208)

26

12

Prom MEESAWAT

THA

70

71

67

 

-2

(208)

26

13

LIANG Wenchong

CHN

71

70

67

 

-2

(208)

26

16

LIN Wen-tang

TPE

72

68

68

 

-2

(208)

26

17

MO Joong-kyung

KOR

69

71

68

 

-2

(208)

26

22

KIM Gi-whan

KOR

70

69

69

 

-2

(208)

26

31

David HORSEY

ENG

67

70

71

 

-2

(208)

34

2

Alejandro CANIZARES

ESP

74

68

67

 

-1

(209)

34

10

Brett RUMFORD

AUS

73

68

68

 

-1

(209)

34

12

Berry HENSON

USA

71

70

68

 

-1

(209)

34

18

Andrew MARSHALL

ENG

71

69

69

 

-1

(209)

34

19

Joonas GRANBERG

FIN

70

70

69

 

-1

(209)

34

19

Julien QUESNE

FRA

68

72

69

 

-1

(209)

34

21

Gary BOYD

ENG

68

71

70

 

-1

(209)

34

23

CHAN Yih-shin

TPE

69

69

71

 

-1

(209)

34

32

Arnond VONGVANIJ

THA

71

65

73

 

-1

(209)

34

33

Ricardo SANTOS

POR

71

65

73

 

-1

(209)

44

4

Chris WOOD

ENG

72

70

68

 

E

(210)

44

5

Kiradech APHIBARNRAT

THA

70

72

68

 

E

(210)

44

8

Wade ORMSBY

AUS

75

66

69

 

E

(210)

44

10

Lee SLATTERY

ENG

69

72

69

 

E

(210)

44

14

Jean-Baptiste GONNET

FRA

72

69

69

 

E

(210)

44

15

Gregory BOURDY

FRA

67

73

70

 

E

(210)

44

20

Simon KHAN

ENG

67

73

70

 

E

(210)

44

24

Simon DYSON

ENG

68

70

72

 

E

(210)

52

1

Rhys DAVIES

WAL

71

71

69

 

1

(211)

52

6

Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL

THA

71

71

69

 

1

(211)

52

9

Peter HEDBLOM

SWE

75

66

70

 

1

(211)

52

15

Alex CEJKA

GER

72

69

70

 

1

(211)

52

17

Zaw MOE

MYN

72

68

71

 

1

(211)

52

20

Jordan GIBB

ENG

72

67

72

 

1

(211)

52

21

Joel SJOHOLM

SWE

67

72

72

 

1

(211)

52

23

Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL

THA

70

69

72

 

1

(211)

60

4

Scott STRANGE

AUS

73

69

70

 

2

(212)

60

7

Antonio LASCUNA

PHI

71

71

70

 

2

(212)

60

14

Johan EDFORS

SWE

70

71

71

 

2

(212)

60

18

Juvic PAGUNSAN

PHI

72

68

72

 

2

(212)

64

2

Gregory HAVRET

FRA

74

68

71

 

3

(213)

64

5

Richard BLAND

ENG

70

72

71

 

3

(213)

64

9

Adam BLYTH

AUS

71

70

72

 

3

(213)

64

11

Adilson DA SILVA

BRA

69

72

72

 

3

(213)

64

26

David HOWELL

ENG

68

70

75

 

3

(213)

69

3

Kalle SAMOOJA

FIN

69

73

72

 

4

(214)

70

3

Steve WEBSTER

ENG

71

71

73

 

5

(215)

70

13

Soren KJELDSEN

DEN

72

69

74

 

5

(215)

72

7

Timothy TANG

HKG

74

67

75

 

6

(216)

73

6

Scott HEND

AUS

68

74

78

 

10

(220)

 

Highlights

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Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez has been at the top of his game, shooting under par in each of the first three rounds of the tournament. 

In the opening round of the tournament, Jimenez shot five under with a score of 65, which remains his best round of the tournament. 

He wrapped up the third round with a score of 68, and a first-place finish is certainly achievable as long as he can remain consistent and shoot under par for the fourth consecutive time. 

But while the Spaniard has impressed this tournament, New Zealand's Michael Campbell has managed to keep up step for step, as both players are tied at 200. 

Campbell shot a 64 in the second round, making him just one of four people to achieve that score in this year's tournament. 

Campbell can pull ahead if he finds the same groove he did during the tournament's second round. 

Italy's Matteo Manassero was unable to get under par with a score of 70 in the second round, but he was able to shoot a 64 in the third round, tying for the best score of the round. 

As a result, Manassero sits in third place at 201—just one stroke behind the leaders—and is very much in the running to win the tournament. 

 

Predictions

Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The top 10 leaders on the board are all within five strokes of each other, making this a very tight tournament heading into the final round and certainly difficult to predict.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Michael Campbell have been extremely consistent and have remained under par every round. 

We frequently see golfers enter the final round of a tournament and blow a lead. This tournament will be decided by which of the two leaders keeps focus, and which one cracks under the pressure. 

But don't count out third-place hopeful Matteo Manassero, who is coming off a Nov. 11 victory at Barclays Singapore Open last week.

Manassero's recent tournament victory is a sign that he's focused and at the top of his game. A solid finish will send Campbell and Jimenez home with disappointment.

Also, Zhang Lian-Wei, who is currently tied with Manassero at 201, is the top player on the leaderboard from the Asian circuit and could steal the victory away from the Europeans with yet another under-par round this weekend.  

With a top-heavy leaderboard entering the weekend, it will be interesting to see how this tournament plays out. 

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