Vincent takes 1-shot lead into final round in Japan

Scott Vincent took a step closer to a possible maiden title on the Japan Golf Tour on Saturday when he carded a three-under-par 69 in the third round of the Sansan KBC Augusta at Keya Golf Club in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

That gave him the 54-hole lead at 13-under for the tournament, one shot clear of Japan’s Atomu Shigenaga, with four players on 11-under in a share of third.

Vincent got it to four-under through his opening nine with four birdies and no drops, but he made consecutive bogeys on 11 and 12. He recovered one of those shots with a final birdie on the 16th.

“The wind was picking up and this course gets tougher towards the end,” he said. When he made his first bogey, he was caught for the lead. But he hung on in the tough conditions. “I was able to get back in the game and finished on the top, in a good position for tomorrow.”

He has won before on the Keya Golf Club layout on the development tour Abema TV Tour in the Landic Challenge 7 back in 2019.

Behind him, Shaun Norris also carded a three-under 69 to move to seven-under for the tournament and a share of 14th. Jbe’ Kruger’s three-under saw him move to six-under and a share of 22nd.

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