Lin takes 1-shot lead at Asia-Pacific Amateur

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Lin Yuxin of China birdied the 18th hole for a 2-under 69, giving him a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur and a shot at playing in the Masters and British Open next year.

Lin recovered from a triple bogey on the sixth hole at Royal Wellington — his second of the week — with three birdies over his last five holes.

He was at 8-under 205 and led by one shot over Min Woo Lee of Australia and Andy Zhang, a sophomore at Florida who qualified for the U.S. Open at age 14. Lee birdied the 18th for a 71. Zhang shot 67.

Yuan Yechun was three shots behind, giving China three of the top six spots on the leaderboard.

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