Blake Windred birdied the last to retain a share of the lead heading into the final round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in China.

Windred led outright after the opening two rounds at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, but he endured a torrid stretch either side of the turn on day three as he made four bogeys in five holes.

But the Australian revived his title hopes with birdies at 14 and 18 around another blemish at the 16th, and his five-foot putt for a closing three lifted him back to the top of the leaderboard on eight under par alongside Japanese pair Ren Yonezawa and Yuto Katsuragawa, and Chinese Taipei’s Yung-Hua Liu.

Windred dropped four shots in five holes around the turn Windred dropped four shots in five holes around the turn Windred dropped four shots in five holes around the turn

“What I can take away from today is that it wasn’t my best performance at all, but I was quite happy with my attitude on the golf course and when I rolled that birdie putt in on the last,” said Windred, the world amateur No 11.

“On the last tee, I was seven under and I didn’t feel great mentally, but I told myself that there’s another day and another opportunity to shoot a low score and take home the trophy. That kind of pumped me up a little bit, and then I was in the right space to make a birdie on the last.”

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Yonezawa missed a short par putt on the final green to card a disappointing 73, but Katsuragawa closed with a birdie to cap an entertaining 69 in which he enjoyed an outstanding front nine, reeling off five consecutive birdies from the third before dropping shots on each of the next three holes.