Lin takes sole lead in third round at Fujisankei Classic


ITO, Japan, AP

Taiwan’s Lin Keng-chi took the sole lead with a 10-under 203 total Saturday in the third round of the 110 million yen (US$917,000) Fujisankei Classic. Lin fired five birdies with one bogey to score four-under-par 67 on the 6,694-yard (6,092-meter), par-71 Kawana Hotel Golf course, 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Tokyo. With a five-stroke lead over Tsukasa Watanabe, who had a two-under-par 69 for 5-under 208 total, Lin heads into Sunday’s final with a strong chance for his first victory in six years on the Japanese tour. Lin said he had a 90 percent of chance to win Sunday if he can finish the round free of major mistakes. He said if he wins, he will use the money to buy a house in Japan. Watanabe had four birdies against two bogeys and stood one stroke ahead of Katsuyoshi Tomori, who scored Saturday’s best of five-under-par 66. Tomori is in a three-way tie at third with Toru Suzuki, who had 67, and Hiroyuki Fujita with 68. First-round leader Tomohiro Kondo fell to fourth with 3-under 210 in a four-way tie, which included Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and overnight co-leader Tsuyoshi Yoneyama. A total of 61 golfers, including 14 non-Japanese, teed off under the cloudy skies. The winner will receive first prize money of 22 million yen (US$183,000). See page 8 for more golf results