Dougherty back in the swing

Defending champion Nick Dougherty shot a five-under-par 67 to clamber back up the leaderboard at the OSIM Singapore Masters – but Singapore’s Mardan Mamat led the way for the third day in a row.

Defending champion Nick Dougherty shot a five-under-par 67 to clamber back up the leaderboard at the OSIM Singapore Masters – but Singapore’s Mardan Mamat led the way for the third day in a row.

Dougherty had given himself work to do after his second-round 70, which included a double bogey two holes from home, but he clawed back some of the lost ground to lie second – one stroke off the pace.

The Liverpudlian could not erase all the errors from his game today – a double bogey at the fourth and a bogey at the 10th hampering his best efforts.

It could, and perhaps should, have been even better for the 23-year-old who missed a few opportunities to add to the eight birdies he made in total – six of which came in his first eight holes.

He said: “I’m not hitting the ball as well as I’d like and certainly not to the quality of golf I played last year. If I can switch it on I’m capable of shooting a great score, because I’ve shot a 67 with some pretty poor golf shots.

“All in all it was a job well done, and it’s put me in a good position. But if I’m going to challenge him, because he is playing good golf, I need to pick it up and put some pressure on.

“It’s my nature to push hard, but I’ve got to keep that in check. I need to be more relaxed than I was today – that way I can get more out of myself.”

Dougherty finds himself still trailing local hero Mamat, but bogeys in the Singaporean’s last two holes saw him slash his own carefully constructed lead.

He had shot four birdies and no bogeys before his late slump, handing the field huge encouragement.

Dougherty was not the only one on a charge as players who had struggled in their opening rounds found the course more to their liking.

Korea’s Charlie Wi shot eight birdies en route to a 65 to lie at nine under, to be the closest challenger to the top two.

Just behind him, Thai pair Chapchai Nirat and Prayad Marksaeng gave demonstrations of the sublime and the ridiculous as they clung on to the leaders.

Nirat recorded six straight birdies on the front nine, a run ended unceremoniously with a triple bogey at the eighth.

He then hit another five birdies on the back nine – the final two sandwiching a double bogey as his 66, for eight under, left him with a sense of what might have been.

Marksaeng – who, like Dougherty, had come a cropper on the 17th on Friday when he took a triple bogey – was again in entertainingly erratic mode before a thunderstorm halted the final group’s play at the 18th green for 90 minutes.

Only one birdie on his front nine was the calm prelude to a crazy run of eight holes which featured four birdies, two double-bogey sevens and a double-bogey six. He ended with a 74 for six under par.

Dane Anders Hansen shot a 66, with no bogeys, to lie at seven under - alongside England’s Andrew Butterfield who also carded a 66.

Another Englishman well up the leaderboard, Ross Fisher, built on his round-two 68 with another three-under round to lie at eight under overnight.

It was a disappointing day for the Irish. Michael Hoey dropped two shots to finish the round on two under. Peter Lawrie, after a very good round yesterday, carded a 76 to fall back to one over. David Higgins finished the day on three over.

Collated third round totals in the European Tour OSIM Singapore Masters, Laguna National Golf and Country Club, Singapore City, Singapore

(Gbr and Irl unless stated, par 72):

(x) denotes amateur

203 Mardan Mamat (Sin) 65 70 70

204 Nick Dougherty 69 70 67

207 Charlie Wi (Kor) 69 73 65, Ross Fisher 71 68 68

208 Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 73 69 66

209 Andrew Butterfield 74 69 66, Anders Hansen (Den) 69 74 66

210 Wade Ormsby (Aus) 67 71 72, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 67 69 74

211 Prom Meesawat (Tha) 73 71 67, Danny Chia (Mal) 75 68 68, Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 70 69, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 65 76 70, Peter Hanson (Swe) 70 69 72

212 Anthony Kang (USA) 75 70 67, Thammanoon Srirot (Tha) 73 72 67, Andrew Marshall 73 70 69, Simon Yates 72 71 69, Matthew Millar (Aus) 73 69 70, Lu Wei-chih (Tai) 69 72 71, Stuart Little 71 69 72

213 Jonathan Lomas 71 74 68, Fredrik Widmark (Swe) 69 74 70, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 71 72, Wang Ter-chang (Tai) 72 70 71, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 74 68 71, Chris Rodgers 72 70 71, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 71 70 72, Lu Wen-teh (Kor) 70 71 72, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 71 69 73, Ahmad Dan Bateman (Can) 70 69 74, Unho Park (Aus) 67 72 74, Marcus Both (Aus) 68 68 77

214 Gaurav Ghei (Ind) 73 72 69, Raymond Russell 70 72 74, Michael Hoey 75 65 74, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 71 70 73

215 Soren Hansen (Den) 71 74 70, Robert Karlsson (Swe) 72 73 70, Liang Weng-chong (Chn) 73 72 70, Keith Horne (Rsa) 72 72 71, Miguel Angel Martin (Spa) 69 73 73

216 Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 70 74 72, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 76 68 72, Chinarat Phadungsil (Tha) 70 73 73, Boonchu Ruangkit (Tha) 67 73 76

217 Gary Rusnak (USA) 72 73 72, Edward Loar (USA) 74 68 75, Jean Van de Velde (Fra) 70 72 77, Peter Lawrie 72 69 76, Gary Evans 68 72 77

218 Jason Dawes (Aus) 74 71 73, Simon Khan 73 71 74, Lee Sung (Kor) 72 71 75, Simon Dyson 73 67 78, Barry Lane 71 69 78

219 Amandeep Johl (Ind) 72 73 74, Jason Knutzon (USA) 73 72 74, Bill Fung (Sin) 72 72 75, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 74 70 75, David Higgins 71 72 76, Simon Wakefield 72 71 76, Robert Rock 70 73 76, Brett Rumford (Aus) 73 69 77

220 Marc Cayeux (Zim) 73 72 75, Peter Gustafsson (Swe) 71 74 75, Rahil Gangjee (Ind) 77 68 75, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 73 71 76, Scott Strange (Aus) 70 74 76, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 70 74 76

221 Steven O’Hara 72 73 76

222 Miles Tunnicliff 73 72 77, Jean-Francois Lucquin 74 71 77, Mike Cunning (USA) 75 70 77, Bryan Saltus (USA) 72 73 77, Christopher Hanell (Swe) 73 72 77

224 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 71 73 80

225 Kyi Hla Han (Myn) 72 73 79

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