Seungsu Han. Asian Tour

Seungsu Han maintained his outright lead for the Korea Open, despite firing a one-over 72. The American clung on to his lead for a third day at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, but saw his three-shot lead trimmed to one over Korean Jaekyeong Lee.

Lee carded a 70 in what was a two-horse race all day, with Australian Junseok Lee (68) and Ian Snyman from South Africa (72) the next best placed, tied for third, four back from Han.

Only six players are under par after three rounds for the $1,075,000 event, which is part of The Open Qualifying Series, and will see the leading two players tomorrow make it through to Royal Liverpool next month.

“It was so hot out there, physically demanding,” said Han, who has played on the Japan, Asian, Canadian and Nationwide Tours since turning professional in 2009.

“It’s a shame about the 18th hole. There were a few crisis moments, but I overcame them. I’ll try to concentrate as much as I can tomorrow.  It will be equally difficult tomorrow. I’ll be patient and take the hits when they come.”

Born in Incheon, Korea he moved to the United States when he was 13, where he still lives, and started playing in Asia in 2010.

His dominance so far is unexpected but the 36-year-old has won the Casio World Open and the LG Signature Players Championship