DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Keita Nakajima of Japan made a pair of 15-foot putts over the last three holes Friday, the last one for par on the 18th hole, for a 4-under 67 and a 1-shot lead going into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
That set the stage for a compelling finish at Dubai Creek and Yacht Club, with the winner getting a spot in the Masters and the British Open at St. Andrews next year.
Nakajima is the No. 1 amateur in the world. He already won on the Japan Golf Tour this year while playing on an exemption. He is trying to join Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and former No. 1 amateur Takumi Kanaya as the only Japanese winners of this event.
Right behind is Yuxin Lin, who had a 65 in his bid to become…
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