Date: April 27, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Lee extends Tsuruya lead, Jones trails

South Korea&aposs Tae-Hee Lee has retained the lead at the Tsuruya Open after carding a four-under 67 in the third round, with Brendan Jones the best-performed Australian. Lee entered Saturday&aposs third round with a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama and increased his margin over the field to two strokes by the end of the day, although it could have been greater but for a bogey on the par-five 15th hole. The 28-year-old South Korean had birdied the third, sixth, eighth, 10th and 14th holes but his slip up on the 15th saw him finish the third round on 15-under overall at the Japan Tour event. Jones meanwhile will head into the fourth round in a tie for 14th at eight under, seven shots behind Lee. Lee leads Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and Japanese duo Matsuyama and Kodai Ichihara, who are tied on 13 under. Matsuyama bogeyed three of the last seven holes at the Yamanohara Golf Club in Hyogo to card a three-under 68, while Ichihara climbed five positions with a six-under 65. David Oh of the USA and Kunihiro Kamii flew up the leaderboard to 12 under after both produced seven-under 64s – the equal best rounds on Saturday.