October 12, 2019

Macau Championship: Third Round Notes and Quotes

Third Round: Macau Championship

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Pos.

Name

Scores

Current

OOM Position

Projected

OOM Position

1

Justin Shin (Canada)

63-62-66—191 (-22)

67

11

2

Zecheng Dou (China)

69-66-62—197 (-16)

-

31

3

Richard Jung (Canada)

65-67-66—198 (-15)

10

6

4

Cyril Bouniol (France)

66-66-67—199 (-14)

5

4

T5

Aaron Wilkin (Australia)

66-67-67—200 (-13)

47

36

T5

Charlie Netzel (U.S.)

67-63-70—200 (-13)

23

17

7

Yanwei Liu (China)

67-68-66—201 (-12)

27

21

T8

David Kocher (U.S.)

71-66-65—202 (-11)

3

2

T8

Shotaro Ban (U.S.)

65-71-66—202 (-11)

71

51

T8

Velten Meyer (Germany)

70-65-67—202 (-11)

57

42

* Began on No. 10

 

Did you know that Zecheng Dou won the season-opening event on the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour and went on to finish 28th on the regular season points list? He will play on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020 as he looks to return to the PGA TOUR and join compatriot Xinjun Zhang.

 

Key Information

  • On the front-nine, over three days, Justin Shin is bogey-free and a combined 16-under.
  • In 2015, Justin Shin finished sixth on the PGA TOUR Series-China Order of Merit. He has also played one partial (2014) and one full season (2017) on the Korn Ferry Tour, where his best finish was a tie for 21st at the Stonebrae Classic in Hayward, Calif., in 2014.
  • Zecheng Dou won the Tour’s Order of Merit in 2016. One year later in 2017, Dou finished inside the top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour and earned his PGA TOUR card.
  • Zecheng Dou played on the PGA TOUR during the 2017-18 season, along with Xinjun Zhang, making them the first from Mainland China to hold PGA TOUR membership. They made it to the TOUR via their money-list finish on the Korn Ferry Tour. 
  • Zecheng Dou played a full season on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18 but struggled to get any momentum. In 23 events, Dou made just four cuts, with his best finish a tie for 51st at the Valero Texas Open.
  • If Justin Shin wins Sunday, he will become the 15th player in PGA TOUR Series-China history with multiple wins in his career. Shin won the 2015 United Investment Real Estate Open for his first title. The other players with multiple wins (with total wins in parentheses): Todd Baek (2), Gunn Charoenkul (2), Zecheng Dou (4), Josh Geary (3), Taewoo Kim (2), Haotong Li (3), Bryden Macpherson (2), David McKenzie (2), Charlie Saxon (2), Kevin Techakanokboon (2), Nick Voke (3), Motin Yeung (2), Huilin Zhang (2) and Xinjun Zhang (2).  
  • Joey Lane has the largest margin of victory this season. He won the weather-shortened Dongguan Open by three shots.
  • Of the 10 previous tournaments this season that went 72 holes, the 54-hole leader held on to win six times. The last player to do so was Quincy Quek. He turned his six-stroke, third-round advantage into a win at the Haikou Classic. The last player to not capitalize on his 54-hole lead was Yuwa Kosaihira, at the Zhuzhou Classic. Kosaihira entered the final round a stroke ahead but lost to Motin Yeung.
  • France’s Cyril Bouniol is in fourth place with 18 holes to play, while Luke Kwon is tied for 11th. If the same scenario remains, Bouniol will overtake Kwon on the Order of Merit and move into fourth.
  • Ngai Si of Macau was the sole amateur to make the cut this week. He is tied for 52nd. Canada’s Freddy Sun, who is 15 years old, missed the cut by one stroke.
  • Three of the four previous PGA TOUR Series-China Players of the Year are in the field this week. Leading the way is Zecheng Dou (2016). He is in solo second. Bryden Macpherson, the 2015 Player of the Year, is tied for 19th, while Callum Tarren (2018) is tied for 39th.

 

Quotable

“It wasn’t a crazy round, and I just stayed patient out there. I took each shot one at a time, and I only made three birdies on the front and two birdies on the back and an eagle.” –Justin Shin

“I’m feeling good and have a lot of confidence going into the last round. Hopefully if I can keep doing what I’m doing, I can get the W.” –Justin Shin

“It’s good to come back and play something you’ve come through. It feels like I’m playing at home, and I needed the condition change. I haven’t played any tournaments in a long time back here and it feels good. It will help me for next year when I play on the Korn Ferry Tour and try to stay relaxed.” – Zecheng Dou on his return to PGA TOUR Series-China

“There is a bit of pressure, we all experience it. Finishing in the top five is something that means a lot to each one of us, to move up and achieve a season-long goal.” – Cyril Bouniol

“Game is feeling great. I’m managing my game pretty well out there. I think the course suits my eye pretty well, and I’ve shot three good rounds in a row. That means I’m doing a lot of good things. I just need to keep it up and get the job done tomorrow.” – Cyril Bouniol

 

Order of Merit Standings

 

Pos.

Player (Country)

Earnings (RMB)

Projected OOM Position

1

Max McGreevy (U.S.)

965,124

1

2

Trevor Sluman (U.S.)

 787,865

2

3

David Kocher (U.S.)

755.640

3

4

Luke Kwon (South Korea)

594.597

5

5

Cyril Bouniol (France)

574,168

6

6

Zhengkai Bai (China)

535,086

8

7

Yuwa Kosaihira (Japan)

529,298

9

8

Kevin Techakanokboon (U.S.)

480,931

4

9

Joey Lane (U.S.)

465,328

10

10

Richard Jung (Canada)

465,244

7

 

Tournament Fast Fact

This is the second PGA TOUR Series-China tournament held in Macau and only the fourth official PGA TOUR Series-China event staged outside Mainland China. The 2016 and 2018 Clearwater Bay Opens in Hong Kong are the others.

 

Third-Round Weather Report

Overcast, warm and humid. High of 88. Wind S at 8 mph.