Date: April 06, 2008

Flint hanging on

Gavin Flint remains in touch with leader and local favourite Angelo Que at the Philippines Open after three rounds despite a horrid third day. Flint shot a three-over 75 which included a diabolical total of six bogeys and the Australian&aposs saving grace was the fact that he managed to register three birdies. Flint is now four under par and two strokes adrift of Que who has outright ownership of the lead on six under. “The course is playing hard. I struggled through the middle of my round but I birdied the last hole,” said Flint. “I&aposm looking forward to tomorrow and hope to try my best. I had a couple of bad shots and got into trouble. Anybody can win the tournament at this point. It was definitely hard work today.” The Filipino&aposs fortunes were vastly different to that of the Aussie on day three as he managed to rattle off six birdies and an eagle to assume the leadership from halfway leader Kodai Ichihara. “I had a great start and was five under after five holes. I struck an eagle at the fourth hole which was nice,” said Que. “I hit it 20 yards to the pin on my second shot and holed it from there. I was hitting it close and considering the very tough conditions here, I m glad to end the day with a six under.” Ichihara is now in outright second position after he too carded a three-over third round of 75 to be minus five overall with one day remaining in the tournament. “I felt the pressure playing in the last group today. But I know how it feels like now and I will try to be relaxed tomorrow,” Ichihara said. “My tee shots were very disappointing today so I will head out to the range now hoping to finetune my game before the final push.” Ashley Hall and Mitchell Brown are the next best Australians on two under par and four shots off Que. Third Round of the Philippine Open (Par 72): -6: Angelo Que 73 71 66 -5: Kodai Ichihara 66 70 75 -4: Gavin Flint (Australia) 67 70 75 -3: Antonio Lascuna 71 70 72, Mardan Mamat 73 72 68, Young Nam 71 70 72 -2: Ashley Hall (Australia) 68 71 75, Mitchell Brown (Australia) 72 73 69 -1: Martin Rominger 73 72 70 E: Chris Rodgers 72 69 75, Lien Lu-sen 74 73 69 +1: Kwanchai Tannin 73 73 71, Mars Pucay 75 72 70, Andrew Dodt (Australia) 74 72 71, Airil Rizman 77 71 69 +2: Juvic Pagunsan 74 71 73, Ben Leong 71 77 70, Danny Chia 71 71 76, Lu Wen-teh 73 73 72, Wisut Artjanawat 70 75 73 Also: +3: Michael Wright (Australia) 69 76 74 +5: Richard Gallichan (Australia) 74 72 75, Brad Kennedy (Australia) 71 75 75 +6: Adam Le Vesconte (Australia) 73 74 75 +8: Richard Moir (Australia) 73 75 76 +11: David Gleeson (Australia) 77 73 77 +15: Pat Giles (Australia) 72 78 81