Drewitt tied for lead in China
BY Bruce Young | 17 May 2014
WUHAN, China—During the first round of the United Investment Real Estate Wuhan Open, Brett Drewitt struggled with the flu, and his opening, 1-over 73 showed. Drewitt didn’t feel much better during the second round but improved his score by three strokes, shooting a 70. In Saturday’s third round, Drewitt still didn’t feel well, had similar symptoms and yet fired a 5-under 67.
The last thing Drewitt needs, apparently, is to start feeling better.
Drewitt’s 5-under performance Saturday at Yishan Golf Club left him in first-place tie with Anthony Kang and first- and second-round leader Xin Jun Zhang with 18 holes to play in the China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series’ third event of the season.
Australia’s Gavin Flint and China’s Hao Tong Li are both a stroke back, while Todd Baek is two behind and five more players are tied for seventh, only three shots out of the lead.
“I got off to a good start, and I just kept it going,” said a tired Drewitt following his six-birdie, one-bogey round. “I turned at 4-under Friday but only shot 2-under for the day. I sort of ran out of energy and lost concentration in the second round. But today, I kept it up and finished it off.”
Drewitt opened strong and finished strong Saturday, making birdies on his first and third holes to set the tone for the day. He made a 20-foot birdie on No. 1 and then stuffed his 7-iron approach to three feet on the par-3 third and made the putt. “Getting birdies on those first two holes was crucial,” he noted. Drewitt picked up four more birdies along the way, with his only bogey coming at No. 12.
“I’m still not feeling very well, so I don’t have high expectations. I’ll just try to keep my energy level up and try to get through the round,” Drewitt said of his final-round game-plan.
Drewitt turned professional in September of last year and has already put together several top ten finishes in Tier 2 events in Australia.
Kang, the 41-year-old Asian Tour and European Tour veteran, picked up momentum on his back nine, making an eagle at No. 10, followed by two birdies in his next three holes as he made his move.
Only a stroke behind the leaders, Flint is poised to break through and win for the first time since he captured the 2010 Myanmar Masters on the Asian Development Tour.
Flint, a Queenslander who now spends a lot of his time in Singapore, was one of Australia’s leading amateurs before turning professional in fact at one stage during his amateur days held three State Amateur titles concurrently.