Date: August 26, 2007

Le Vesconte trails by one shot

Australia&aposs Adam Le Vesconte trails India&aposs Gaurav Ghei by just one shot after three rounds of the Asian Tour&aposs Iskandar Johor Open. Le Vesconte carded his second straight 69 to finish tied with Jason Knutzon and Tony Lascuna at three-under-par, one behind Ghei who fired a one-under-par round of 70. Ghei overcame tough conditions at the Royal Johor Country Club, making five birdies and four bogeys to move to the top of the leaderboard. Artemio Murakami could have joined Ghei in first place but a double bogey by the Filipino on the final hole meant that he finished with a 69 to lie two shots back on two-under, a shot ahead of Malaysia&aposs Airil Rizman Zahari (72) and Chinese Taipei&aposs Sung Mao-chang (68). Ghei could have enjoyed a bigger advantage if not for a bogey at the 18th hole, but the 38-year-old was pleased to be in a position to win his second Asian Tour event of the year. He said: “I made one little swing change which caused my shots to go all over the place. “I have not adjusted well yet but it&aposs getting there. “I am thinking about the swing when I&aposm out playing so it&aposs not a good thing. “I have been managing it well until today but overall, I am pleased with my position. “If I miss the fairway, I am going to have a good chance of missing the green and if that happens, I am looking at a bogey. “So the margin for mistakes is always there, as reflected through the overall scores. “I will learn from this and hope that I will adapt to the swing change and produce a good result this week.” Australian duo Gary Simpson and Gavin Flint are just four strokes from the lead in equal eighth place, while fellow Australian Brad Kennedy is a further two shots adrift at two-over after a disappointing round of 73. Of the other Australians, Scott Barr and Tony Carolan are tied for 20th at three-over, and just seven shots from the lead. Third round scores from the Iskandar Johor Open: (par 71) -4: Gaurav Ghei 70 69 70 -3: Tony Lascuna 72 71 67, Adam Le Vesconte (Australia) 72 69 69, Jason Knutzon 71 67 72 -2: Artemio Murakami 70 72 69 -1: Sung Mao chang 69 75 68, Airil Rizman 71 69 72 E: Gary Simpson (Australia) 74 70 69, Lu Wen teh 70 72 71, Simon Yates 71 70 72, Gavin Flint (Australia) 73 73 67 +1: Atthaphon Prathummanee 72 72 70, Panuwat Muenlek 70 71 73 +2: Chinarat Phadungsil 75 70 70, Gaganjeet Bhullar 74 71 70, Kao Bo song 75 70 70, Edward Michaels 72 73 70, Brad Kennedy (Australia) 73 69 73, Stephen Scahill (NZ) 70 72 73 +3: S. Sivachandran 74 70 72, Lin Wen hong 72 71 73, Scott Barr (Australia) 72 70 74, Chris Rodgers 72 70 74, Tony Carolan (Australia) 73 72 71, Liang Wen chong 68 74 74, Gerald Rosales 70 70 76, Lee Sung 69 69 78