Graeme McDowell sees UBS Hong Kong Open bid falter on day three

Justin Rose chats with his caddie on the 13th hole
Justin Rose chats with his caddie on the 13th hole

Graeme McDowell struggled on day three of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

McDowell carded a round of one-over-par which saw him drop down to 23rd spot in the leaderboard.

The Portrush star lies 11 shots off the lead on four-under-par heading into Sunday’s final round.

McDowell carded an eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a triple bogey seven at the 11th in an eventful round.

Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard has the chance to banish the memories of the worst day of his career after staging a thrilling duel with world number seven Justin Rose in the tournament.

Rose began the third round with a one-shot lead and carded two eagles and two birdies in a flawless 64, but saw playing partner Bjerregaard go one better with a 63 marred by a solitary bogey on the 18th.

That left the pair on 15 under par and four shots clear of India’s Anirban Lahiri, with fellow Indian Jeev Milkha Singh and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick a shot further back.

The last time Bjerregaard was in the final group in the fourth round was in December’s Alfred Dunhill Championship, when he collapsed to a closing 89 - including a back nine of 50 – to slump from second to 49th.

“I really have to give a lot of credit to my caddie Todd,” Bjerregaard said.

“He’s really good at keeping me grounded and lightening the mood if I get too serious or nerves start showing up, he’s really good at helping me with that. But it is still Saturday. Tomorrow is the day where it all comes to an end.”