LONGKOU CITY, China (AP) — Shohei Hasegawa of Japan and Lee Chang-woo of South Korea battled 25 mph gusts and temperatures in the mid-50s to share the lead going into the final two rounds of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.
At stake is a spot in the Masters for the winner, along with an exemption into a final qualifying event for the British Open.
Hasegawa, a 21-year-old student at Osaka Gakuin University, had three birdies for a 1-under 70. Lee was even more impressive by running off 15 consecutive pars and then a birdie on the 16th hole at Nanshan International, giving him a two-shot lead. He bogeyed his last two holes to fall into a tie with Hasegawa.
They were at even-par 142, an indication of the demanding conditions.