Saturday, September 10, 2016

David Law moves into top 20 with a 69

German Ritthammer leads by two in Irish 


Bernd Ritthammer fired his way up the leaderboard at the Volopa Irish Challenge hosted by Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort with a six under par round of 66 to go into the final day with a two-shot lead.
The German, who won his first European Challenge Tour title in Denmark earlier this season, recovered well after making a bogey on the first hole by carding four birdies over his next eight holes to reach the turn in 33.
The 29 year old, whose two under par round of 70 was one of the best scores in tricky conditions yesterday, then made four more gains and a bogey over the back nine to sign for the lowest round of the day at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.
With a two-stroke advantage over England’s Sam Walker, Ritthammer is looking to keep focused and has put thoughts of a second Challenge Tour title firmly to the back of his mind.
“I am trying not to think about the importance of another good performance,” said Ritthammer, who currently sits in ninth place in the Road to Oman Rankings.
“Obviously I know that if I have another good finish this year then I have a good chance of securing a top 15 spot. I know that I have a great chance of doing that tomorrow but the task now is getting that out of my head.
“It was definitely the putter that went well for me today. My long game wasn’t very sharp and I was having trouble hitting my driver onto the fairway – and my irons were not as good as usual.
“My wedges were good but it was definitely my putter that worked the best for me today – over the back nine especially. I was in trouble a couple of times and my putter saved me, so I have to thank it!
“I played really solid yesterday too. I had a very good front nine before the putter helped me quite a bit again on the back nine. If the putter is not working on those days you can’t score well because your long game can never be good enough in gusts that go up to 35 miles per hour.
“I am really pleased with my short game, not so much my long game, and am looking to play a bit more solid off of the tee tomorrow.”
Two adrift of Ritthammer is Englishman Sam Walker, who made six birdies, one bogey and a double bogey on his way to signing for a three under par round of 69 to reach six under par overall.
Spain’s Jordi Garcia Pinto and Italy’s Matteo Delpodio both shot five under par rounds of 67 to reach four under par overall and share third place in Carlow
par 216 (3x72)
208 Bernd Ritthammer (Germany) 72 70 66
210 Sam Walker (England) 66 75 69
212 Jordi Garcia Pinto (Spain) 67, Matteo Delpodio (Italy) 67

213 Stiggy Hodgson (England) 70 70 73 (T5)
216 David Law (Scotland) 71 76 69 (T16)





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