Monday, November 14, 2016

Coles and McEvoy still lead Q School after

 a windy day at Girona

On a windy day in Girona, north-east Spain, Jeff Winther refused to be blown off course, carding a two under par 68 to move into contention at the halfway point of the Final Stage of the European Tour Qualifying School.
Only 15 players were under par for their third rounds at PGA Catalunya Resort. The Dane carded two birdies and an eagle on the shorter, par-70 Tour Course to reach eight under par overall, just one shot behind English leaders Robert Coles and Richard McEvoy  on 203.
The 28 year old Winter narrowly missed out on retaining his European Tour status this season, finishing in 117th on the Race to Dubai, just 23,000 points behind Graeme Storm, but with three rounds to go he is on track to renew his card in Spain, with the top 25 and ties earning European Tour status at the end of the week.
“It was steady today,” he said. “I had a couple of long lag putts that kept the round going, but messed up on the last hole making a bogey. I’m a bit sad about that, but that’s how it is sometimes.
“The conditions were tough - at least a two to three-club wind. I’m glad I was on the Tour Course today, because the Stadium must have been playing really hard. The Tour Course is a little easier, but I’m looking forward to the Stadium Course over the next couple of days.
“I was ill when I got here on Tuesday and have been sick for the last couple of days. I just took it easy and tried to relax as much as possible, just staying in bed. I got better on Friday and felt like I had a little more energy and I’ve been good ever since. 
“I’ve just taken it easy and played one shot at a time. It’s not a race, it’s a golfing marathon.”
Overnight co-leader Coles – a Type 1 diabetic – remained a headline act on World Diabetes Day, battling hard for a 71 to stay at the top of the leaderboard on nine under par alongside his fellow Englishman McEvoy, who also signed for a one over par third round.
Alongside Winther, just one shot behind the leaders, is Ross McGowan following a level par 70, while impressive rounds from Thitiphun Chuayprakong and Scot David Law took them to seven under par 205 overall, alongside Darius van Driel in a share of fifth place.
The round of the day, however, went to Y. E. Yang, who shot a scarcely-believable bogey-free 67 – five under par – on the more challenging Stadium Course as he showed the kind of form that memorably saw him take down Tiger Woods to win the US PGA Championship seven years ago.
A birdie-birdie finish meant the South Korean was nine shots better than the average on his half of the draw and took him to five under par overall and up inside the top 15, with the opportunity perhaps to move up even further in kinder conditions tomorrow on the par-70 Tour Course.



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