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Harmeling holds firm at BMW Jamaica Classic

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AMLennox Aldred - Sunday Gleaner Writer

Evan Harmeling plays a shot at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.
Evan Harmeling plays a shot at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

American Evan Harmeling continued to put up a good showing following Round 3 action at the PGA Latinoamerica BMW Jamaica Classic at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay.

Despite an hour and a half delay due to lightning, Harmeling looked set to hold on to the overall lead at 19 under par heading into the fourth and final day today.

The Boston native, who began the day with a one-shot lead over Guatemala’s José Toledo, quickly gained the ascendency with birdies on holes two, three, and five. The former Princeton University graduate then chalked up back-to-back birdies on holes eight and nine to close out the front at five under par.

At 2:45 p.m. when the organisers blew the horn for a lightning delay, Harmeling did not let his good play wane as he came out positive on the resumption on the back nine with back-to-back birdies on holes 10 and 11.

GOOD TRIP

Harmeling, who had the best finish of T29th at the United Leasing Finance Championship in 2018, is poised to end his trip in Jamaica on a good note on today’s final day of action.

Meanwhile, Argentina’s Augusto Nunez will be looking to make the BMW Jamaica Championship interesting as he sits close to Harmeling heading into the final round.

The 26-year-old from Tucuman, Argentina, racked up seven birdies in the first 13 holes to be three shots back.

Chile’s Mito Periera jumped up five places on the leaderboard to third following his excellent six birdies in the third round.