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Steve Lewton finally masters Taiwan’s course to grab lead

Reuters, TAIPEI

Steve Lewton surprised himself by claiming the third-round lead at the Taiwan Masters yesterday after failing to even make the cut in the past two editions of the Asian Tour event.

Briton Lewton fired three straight birdies from the fifth and capitalized on the strong start to card a two-under-par 70 for a three-day total of four-under-par 212 at the challenging Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course.

Filipino Antonio Lascuna signed for a second straight 69 to move into a share of second place, one shot behind, alongside overnight leader Adilson Da Silva of Brazil, who posted a 72.

“I think I’ve learnt to play the golf course a little bit after missing the cuts in the last two years,” Lewton told reporters.

“The grass here in Taiwan is very different from what I grew up playing on back home in England. It has taken me a few rounds to get used to it,” said the Englishman, who has posted two top-10 finishes this season and hopes to translate the good form into a victory.

Lascuna finds himself in prime position to overcome the heartbreak of losing in a playoff to Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat in Malaysia two weeks ago as he just missed out on claiming a maiden Asian Tour title.

REIGNWOOD CLASSIC

AP, BEIJING

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall made five birdies on the back nine to shoot a five-under 68 yesterday and grab a share of the lead with Stacy Lewis after the third round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic.

The top-ranked Lewis started the day with a two-stroke lead over fellow American Brittany Lang, but fell back with three bogeys through the 11th hole. She then made three straight birdies from the 13th before closing with a birdie on the 18th to regain a share of the lead with a 72.

Hedwall and Lewis were at 13-under 206 at Reignwood Pine Valley.

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