Apr 23rd, 2016

Callum Shinkwin shoots the lights out

62 at Shenzhen International

Callum Shinkwin shoots the lights outKorea's Soo-min Lee may remain the man to catch in the rain interrupted Shenzhen International, but it was some spectacular scoring from England's Callum Shinkwin that captured the imagination.

Shinkwin began the delayed third round at Genzon Golf Club 11 shots off the lead, but shot a brilliant 62 to set the clubhouse target on 12 under par before play was suspended due to darkness.

Lee, who has yet to drop a shot all week, was 14 under after completing 11 holes of his round in one under, with play scheduled to resume at 6.30am local time on Sunday.

Korea's Soomin Lee may remain the man to catch in the rain interrupted Shenzhen International, but it was some spectacular scoring from England's Callum Shinkwin that captured the imagination.

Shinkwin began the delayed third round at Genzon Golf Club 11 shots off the lead, but shot a brilliant 62 to set the clubhouse target on 12 under par before play was suspended due to darkness.

Lee, who has yet to drop a shot all week, was 14 under after completing 11 holes of his round in one under, with play scheduled to resume at 6.30am local time on Sunday.

Shinkwin also had to play his entire second round on Saturday morning after more than six hours of play had been lost to bad weather.

But this had clearly only served as a warm up, as he went on the shoot eight birdies and an eagle to motor up the leaderboard and finish as clubhouse leader, albeit with Lee still to complete his round.

Five of his birdies came in six consecutive holes from the 11th, and he also eagled the 17th to make the turn in 29. He picked up further shots on the second, fifth and ninth.

'Tournament-wise it's my lowest round by three shots, so it's nice to be able to do that,' said Shinkwin, who beat Matt Fitzpatrick in the final of the English Amateur Championship in 2013 and played in the Walker Cup later that year.

'To tell the truth, I missed a couple of putts as well, including a 10-footer at the 10th, but it was a great round. I drove the ball great and on the par fives I took advantage of the good tee shots. The greens are soft and they are quite slow, but they are very true.

'I was probably on the right side of the draw. I had a whole day off on Friday so I was able to relax, watch a bit of TV and talk to people at home and then I was able to do some practice late evening. I was the last man out on the range and the putting green and then it all kickstarted from there.'

For more on golf at the Shenzhen check out this cheeky role reversal between Bubba and caddy Ted Scott.

Callum Shinkwin shoots the lights out

TAGS: Golf in China, Bubba Watson