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Golfer Perry in co-lead in China

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/07/2016

New Zealand golfer Mathew Perry is tied for the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour China event in Jilin.

Perry shot a four-under 68, after beginning with six consecutive birdies, to go to seven under after 54 holes of the Wanda Open at Baishan.

That put the former New Zealand amateur champion level with South Korea's Taewoo Kim, who carded a 70.

The pair are being closely pursued, with just four strokes covering the top 10 players.

Perry's third-round card contained eight birdies in all, two bogeys and a double-bogey.

"I hit a really good swing off the first tee, and for an hour and a half after that it seemed like I couldn't do anything wrong," the 29-year-old from Hamilton said.

"Even the times I made bogeys and pars, I still hit some good shots. Sometimes the ball goes in and sometimes it doesn't."

Perry has experience of going into the last day topping the leaderboard.

He had the solo lead at the 2014 Beijing Open, going on to finish runner-up in what is his career-best result.

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