April 13, 2019

Australia’s Marchesani leads way as play suspended in Haikou

HAIKOU, China—Australia’s James Marchesani shot 4-under through 12 holes in the third round of the Haikou Championship to move to 9-under and hold a three-shot lead over China’s Zheng Ouyang (3-under though 14 holes) when officials suspended play due to dangerous weather conditions.

Play was first suspended at Sunac 3KM Golf Club at 3:24 p.m., due to lightning in the area before being officially called for the day at 5 p.m., as the weather worsened. On Sunday, the third round will resume at at 7:20 a.m., with the final round starting at 7:30 a.m., while the third round is still going on. The final groups of the fourth round will tee off at 9:20 a.m. Groupings for the final round will remain the same as the third.

Japan’s Kenta Endo lies in third and is 2-under through 15 and 5-under overall, one shot ahead of compatriot Keisuke Otawa, American Charlie Netzel, and Singapore’s Quincy Quek.

American Kevin Techakanokboon was 5-under through 17 and was in seventh, at 4-under, along with Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihiara and fellow Americans David Kocher, Corey Shaun, Brad Gehl and Max McGreevy.

Marchesani won his first pro victory at the unofficial Clearwater Bay Open in 2017, which gave him full status for the Tour’s 2018 season, where he recorded two top-10s before finishing 36th on the Order of Merit.

Despite tying for 55th at the same event in 2018, Marchesani is in good form this week and carded five birdies and one bogey Saturday to secure a three-shot overnight lead as he looks to win his first official PGA TOUR Series-China victory with 24 holes still left to play.  

“I’m not sure why I’m playing so well. I didn’t play great here last year. I think the events of last week might have changed the perspective on life and golf a little bit. Whether that has any influence I’m not too sure but the swing is feeling good,” said Marchesani of the death of player Arie Irawan prior to the final round of the Sanya Championship. “I’ve felt like the game has been coming along a little bit, so it’s a good position to be in. Tomorrow could be a long day, so just going to keep attacking and see what happens. It’s a good feeling going into Sunday, so I’m hoping I can win.”