Ryder Cup star Rafa Cabrera Bello recovered from a late stumble to retain a share of the Hong Kong Open lead and move within sight of his first victory in four years on Saturday. England's Tommy Fleetwood fired three-under-par 67 to lie in sole second spot with an aggregate score of 201, one stroke better than America's David Lipsky who shot 66. Cabrera Bello, a bright spot in Europe's Ryder Cup defeat in October, is bidding to join fellow Spaniards Jose Maria Olazabal, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Manuel Lara as a Hong Kong winner.
Unheralded Australian Sam Brazel shot a three-under 67 to grab a share of the lead with playing partner Rafa Cabrera Bello after the third round of the Hong Kong Open at Fanling on Saturday. Ranked 480th in the world, Brazel soared up the leaderboard with three birdies on the back nine as Spaniard Cabrera Bello, who had led by three strokes overnight, endured a roller-coaster even par round at the European Tour co-sanctioned event. Playing in the final group of the day, Cabrera Bello and Brazel strode down the par-four 18th fairway tied after both found the green safely with their second shots.
Justin Rose admitted his Hong Kong Open title defence was all but over on Saturday and said he was treating the $2 million tournament as "rehab" for a painful back injury. Rose displayed signs of discomfort during his round but he said he was feeling his way back to fitness after pulling out of last week's Hero World Challenge with the back problem. "I'm out here doing my job, the physios out here have been great, the gym facilities at the hotel have been great.