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Wales' Jamie Donaldson in contention at China Open

-14 Yang YE (Kor) -13 M Ilonen (Fin), J Donaldson (Wal) -11 P Larrazabal (Spn), Kim DH (Kor) -10 S Dodd (Wal) Selected others: -8 R Davies (Wal), B Dredge (Wal), R McGowan (Eng), O Fisher (Eng) -6 D McGrane (Ire), G McDowell (NI), S Lowry (Ire) -5 D Dixon (Eng), P Whiteford (Sco), Peter Lawrie (Ire), G Storm (Eng) -4 C Montgomerie (Sco), M Warren (Sco) +1 P McGinley (Ire)

Jamie Donaldson
Donaldson has four Tour victories to his name

Jamie Donaldson, one of four Welshmen in the top 10, was just one shot behind leader YE Yang going into the final round of the China Open.

Donaldson fired a 69 to lie second with Finn Miko Ilonen (68) as South Korean Yang shot a 68 to leave him 14 under.

Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was third on 11 under, with Stephen Dodd, of Wales, and Kim Do Hoon another shot behind.

Wales' Rhys Davies and Bradley Dredge, and England's Ross McGowan and Oliver Fisher were all six shots off the pace.

Dondaldson followed up rounds of 66 and 68 with a third round consisting of four birdies and just one bogey in blustery conditions at Suzhou Jinji Lake Golf Club.

"I am very happy. I played nice from the start and really got it going in the middle," said Pontypridd native Donaldson, 34.

"It was a good solid day and I hit lot of fairways and a lot of green and gave myself a few chances. It was a good days work, it was tough with the wind."


USPGA champion Yang was one of only three players to complete a bogey-free round as his four birdies proved enough to send him top of the leaderboard.

"Today was bogey free but it was also tough to save par on a lot of occasions," said the 38-year-old, Asia's sole major winner.

Ilonen, meanwhile, sank six birdies but was left to rue bogeys on the sixth and 11th holes.

Yang's compatriot Kim, the second-round leader, carded three bogeys on his way to a 73 as his challenge wilted further following a magnificent opening round 64.

Dodd went around in an excellent bogey-free, six-birdie 66 to jump 18 places up the leaderboard and put himself in contention on the final day, four shots off the lead.

Dodd's compatriot Davies, who earned his maiden European Tour win in Morocco last month, also avoided any bogeys as he fired the round of the day - a seven-under-par 65, which featured eagles at the par-five 12th and 14th.

Dredge recovered from a double-bogey on the eighth to finish with a 68, while the leading Englishmen McGowan and Fisher shot 69 and 70 respectively.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell had a 70, to lie eight shots off the pace, while European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie's mediocre week continued with his second 72 of the tournament to leave the Scot 10 off the lead.

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