Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Juvic Pagunsan shot a third round 73 to survive the 2012 British Open Championship and made it to the final round.
The 34-year old top Asian tour golfer thus made history as the first Filipino to make it to the championship round in the history of the British Open, golf’s most coveted major title.
Pagunsan is six over par for the par-70 Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Course and is now 17 strokes behind tournament leader Adam Scott entering the final day. Scott is 11 under par after three rounds.
Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods shot an even par early Sunday morning to remain in serious contention but is five shots behind the leader at third place.
Pagunsan earlier shot rounds of 71 and 72 .
He made three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey in the third round and will try to play a round at par or better for the first time in a major on Sunday evening (Manila time).
By making the cut and teeing for the final round, Pagunsan has already accomplished his goal of at least making it to the championship round.
“It’s a good experience,” he said.
It was his first time to play on a links course.
“I love to play here. It’s totally different from home,” Pagunsan said.
Pagunsan has 7 tournament wins as a professional golfer, one of them was the 2007 Malaysian Negeri Masters. The last international tournament he won was the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Masters in Thailand. He also won the 2007 Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational.
He became the first Filipino golfer to bag the Asian Tour championship despite not winning a single tournament last year. For winning the Asian Tour, he earned an invitation to the British Open Championship.
Pagunsan hails from Bacolod City where he earned the game at the age of 13 from his father, Juanito, who is also a professional golfer.