Date: November 16, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Stieger, Lutterus in the Manila hunt

Australian pair Matthew Stieger and David Lutterus are four shots adrift of leader Liang Wen-chong heading into the final round of the Manila Masters. Stieger and Lutterus both gained significant ground on the leaderboard on Saturday, after they ended the second round in a share of 31st and 25th position respectively, to be in a share of eighth spot on nine under. Stieger carded a four-under third-round 68, after mixing four birdies and an eagle with two bogeys, while Lutterus shot a three-under 69 on day three which featured three bogeys and six birdies – four of which were achieved consecutively between the 6th and 9th holes. But the man to catch at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club is China&aposs Liang who is 13 under courtesy of a round-of-the-day 67 which propelled him from a share of 10th spot to the outright lead with 18 holes to play. Liang registered six birides and his only blemish of the day came at number five in the form of a bogey. The 35-year-old has a one-stroke lead ahead of American David Lipsky and Malaysian Nicholas Fung who are both 12 under in a tie for second. Indian Himmat Rai and Thailand&aposs Jazz Janewattananond are a shot further back in equal fourth (11 under) while Janewattananond&aposs compatriot Sutijet Kooratanapisan and Rai&aposs countryman SSP Chowrasia are both 10 under in a share of sixth position. The next best Australian is Sam Brazel (three under) who is equal 42nd.