Reed fires late birdie blitz to keep Hong Kong hopes alive
Masters champion Patrick Reed believes he can still win the Hong Kong Open after producing an incredible late birdie blitz to make the cut with a shot to spare.
Six-over for the tournament with just eight holes to play and struggling with a rib injury, the world number 15 birdied six of his last seven holes to follow his opening 75 with a 65 and make the weekend on level-par.
England's Aaron Rai shot a nine-under 61 to lead by four strokes from South Korea's Hyowon Park (62) on 14-under, with compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick two shots further back after also shooting a 62.
Meanwhile, Leona Maguire (23) is seven shots behind defending champion Azahara Muñoz in the weather-delayed Andalucia Open in Malaga.
The Slieve Russell star played 31 holes yesterday but after completing a level par 71 in the morning, she bogeyed the last for a one-over 72 in gathering gloom to finish the day tied for 23rd on one-over.
In Turkey, Tulfarris Resort's Simon Thornton won £1,050 but missed out on vital tour starts when he closed with a level-par 71 to finish eighth on four-under in the PGA play-offs at Antalya Golf Club.
There was an English 1-2-3 as David Dixon blasted an eight-under 63 to win by three shots from Matthew Cort (66) on 13-under with Robert Coles (63) third on eight-under.
Dixon and Cort earned spots in the BMW PGA Championship and the British Masters as well as spots on the GB&I PGA Cup team alongside Coles.
Michael McGeady (66) was 10th on three-under with Waterville's David Higgins (72) 16th on one-over.
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