Antonio Murdaca expands lead to eight at Asia-Pacific Amateur
Antonio Murdaca
Antonio Murdaca

MELBOURNE, Australia (Oct. 25, 2014) — After grabbing ahold of the 36-hole lead, Antonio Murdaca fired a third-round best 67 on Saturday to expand his one-shot to a commanding eight strokes with 18 holes remaining at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

After a first-round 69, Murdaca, of Adelaide, Austrailia, shot 68 on Friday to overtake fellow countryman Todd Sinnott by one. Then, a 67 to close out the first 54 holes in which only three players posted a number in the 60's at the former President's Cup host course.

Sitting in second place at 212 is Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan, who plays collegiately for the University of Washington. Two other players are tied for second with Cheng-tsung, including Jin Cheng of China and first-round leader Sinnott.

Since leading with 67 after Thursday, Sinnott has posted 71-74 to fall eight shots back.

World No. 1-ranked Geoffrey Drakeford shot one of those three sub-70 rounds — a 69 — on Saturday to reach the top-five. Drakeford has improved by two shots each round but will enter Sunday's final round nine strokes behind Murdaca.

Results For Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship
1AustraliaAntonio MurdacaAustralia100069-68-67-71=275
2JapanMikumu HorikawaJapan70075-71-67-69=282
3AustraliaTodd SinnottAustralia50067-71-74-71=283
4AustraliaRyan RuffelsAustralia50071-71-75-68=285
T5ChinaZecheng DouChina50073-72-71-70=286

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ABOUT THE Asia-Pacific Amateur

The Asian-Pacific Amateur (formerly known as the Asian Amateur) is the first of a series of worldwide championships put together by a between the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), the Masters Tournament and The R&A. The event offers the winner an invitation to the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. The champion and runner(s)-up earn spots in The Open Qualifying Series for The Open. The event has historically moved throughout the region and has now been held in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Hong Kong, Korea, and New Zealand.

A field, topping out at 120 players, is selected by the following criteria.

The top two ranked amateur players from each of the APGC member countries plus the four top ranked players from the host country. If there is not a sufficient number of players ranked from that member country, the member country may nominate a player(s) from their country, to be approved by the APGC, to fulfill the two positions eligible from that country.

The remainder of the field will be filled taking the next highest ranked players of APGC member countries, not otherwise qualified. The maximum number of eligible players from any APGC member country (with the exception of the host country) is six. Additional players may be offered at the event's discretion.

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