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Meesawat close to HK title

Thailand's Prom Meesawat fired two eagles to surge towards winning his first European Tour title in the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

Having already birdied the first, Meesawat holed from 20 feet for eagle on the par-five second and also birdied the sixth to be out in 30, before holing from around 50ft on the 13th for another eagle.

That took him to 13 under par and three shots ahead of defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Holland's Robert-Jan Derksen and overnight leader Stuart Manley.

Manley got off to a poor start with a bogey on the first and had three more dropped shots and four birdies in an untidy opening 10 holes, while Jimenez - looking for a record-equalling fourth win here with his 50th birthday just weeks away - had birdied the third and 11th.

Derksen had moved into contention with four birdies in six holes around the turn, but had just three holes remaining to catch Meesawat.

Meesawat's lead disappeared just as quickly as it had emerged however, a bogey on the 14th dropping him back to 12 under and allowing Jimenez to get back on level terms.

Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history following his victory 12 months ago, birdied the 13th and 14th as he closed in on a 20th title.

Meesawat edged back in front in unexpected fashion, holing a long par putt on the 16th following a poor bunker shot, while Jimenez three-putted from long range on the 15th.

Meanwhile Derksen had birdied the 18th to complete a flawless 65 and set the clubhouse target on 11 under.

Meesawat safely parred the last to complete a 65, but Jimenez joined him on 12 under par with a birdie from 15ft on the 17th.