Date: September 29, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Tsai poised for Taiwan triumph

The Taiwan Masters appears Tsai Chi-huang&aposs to lose after he opened up a six-shot lead going into the final round of the Asian Tour event. Playing on home soil at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club, Tsai turned in a seven-under-par third round of 65 on Saturday to reach eight-under overall. The 44-year-old, who won the competition in 1998 and again in 2002, leads ahead of South Korean Baek Seuk-hyun, who is outright second at two under. Baek managed a one-under 71 for his third round, with Filipino Antonio Lascuna (one under) and Malaysian Danny Chia (level par) third and fourth respectively on the leaderboard. There was no catching Tsai on day three – he birdied the last three holes to take his tally to eight birdies for the round, with just one bogey slowing down the former Taiwan Open winner. “I know this course very well. I played here so many times when I was a boy. I felt pretty relaxed out there but I&aposm shocked with my lead. It is amazing,” he said. “My game came together. I was hitting it well off the tees and my irons were hot. If I can continue playing like this tomorrow, then I&aposm quite confident I can win.” It&aposs been a tournament to forget for the Australians with Adam Groom (six over), Scott Barr (eight over), Darren Beck (nine over), Wade Ormsby (nine over), Scott Hend (11 over) and David Gleeson (14 over) all struggling.