Saturday, September 05, 2015


Dutchman Daan Huizing is on course for a third Challenge Tour title after a battling 66 earned the Dutchman a one-shot advantage with 18 holes to come at the Cordon Golf Open in France.

After opening with a bogey at the par four first, 24 year old Huizing bounced back with five birdies en route to his four under par effort, good enough for an aggregate score of 202 and a single stroke lead over Northern Ireland’s Chris Selfridge (67), Australian Scott Arnold (67) and overnight leader, Scotsman David Law (70) with 18 holes to come at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André in Brittany.

In-form New Zealander Ryan Fox is a further shot adrift heading into Sunday’s final round following a joint best-of-the-day 64 on Moving Day in France.

But it is Huizing in pole position with one round to come and the two-time winner is hoping his experience of triumphing on the Challenge Tour previously will reap dividends come Sunday afternoon.

“I played a lot better than my scores over the first two days so I’m glad I made up the gap today,” said Huizing, who made gains at the seventh and eighth on the front nine before coming home in 32 thanks to birdies at the 11th, 13th and 17th holes.

“I think it’s important to be in the last group on Sunday. I’ve won two tournaments on the Challenge Tour before so I know the feeling and it’s good to be in contention again.

“I started with a bogey but on a course this hard you expect to make bogey sometimes. But I made par at the next – which is a tough hole – so I thought to myself ‘Just keep going’, started to relax and saved some nice pars out there, too.

“My long game has been solid and I’ve been lucky with a few of my misses but overall it was a solid round. I really like the back nine here, you just look around a bit, enjoy the scenery, it’s nice!”

Law, the 36-hole leader after rounds of 64-69 over the first two days, struggled in the first half of his third round but was satisfied with how he turned things around on the back nine to remain in contention for a third tournament in succession.

“Today was up and down,” said Law, who finished tied eighth at the Northern Ireland Open and tied sixth at the GANT Open in Finland. “I played fine on the front nine before the double bogey on seven which was disappointing and then the bogey on nine.

“On the back nine I played great, though, and I was really happy with the way I came back. It’s a packed leaderboard so anything could still happen.”

Room-mates Selfridge and Arnold both made eagle at the long 11th on Saturday on their way to matching 67s and said it was easy to get by with a little help from your friend.

“I didn’t even play great but I played good enough,” said the Northern Irishman. “I took my chances when I get them so it’s a good score.

“Scott and I are good friends, actually we’re roommates this week so it’s good fun. It’s nice to share the game with a friend, and even better because he played quite well.”

Arnold added: “We had a good day today, everything was nice, it always feel good to play with someone that you know quite well, we could chat about few things.

“I saw ‘Foxy’s’ name on the leaderboard and he will be pretty dangerous tomorrow!”

Fox, meanwhile, will start the final round two shots back after the Le Vaudreuil champion carded six birdies and an eagle on Saturday.


 202 D Huizing (Ned) 68 68 66,
 203 D Law (Sco) 64 69 70, C Selfridge  (Nir) 69 67 67, S Arnold  (Aus) 71 65 67,
 204 R Fox (Nzl) 72 68 64,
 205 R Enoch  (Wal) 70 69 66, M McGeady (Irl) 67 71 67, B Virto Astudillo (Esp) 67 68 70, S Gros (Fra) 74 67 64, J Hahn (USA) 71 70 64, C Berardo (Fra) 73 67 65, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 67 64,
 206 J Fahrbring (Swe) 70 67 69, P Whiteford (Sco) 68 71 67, M Delpodio  (Ita) 70 66 70,
 207 G Shaw (Nir) 70 69 68, T Remkes (Ned) 68 69 70, M Søgaard  (Den) 67 68 72, J Robinson (Eng) 69 69 69, G Woolgar (Eng) 70 69 68, N Bertasio (Ita) 70 71 66, J Dantorp (Swe) 67 73 67, H Joannes  (Bel) 68 70 69,
 208 S Walker (Eng) 67 73 68, D Nouailhac (Fra) 72 69 67, C Ford (Eng) 74 68 66, J Doherty  (Sco) 66 70 72, C Gloet  (Den) 69 69 70, S Hodgson (Eng) 71 71 66, J Adarraga Gomez  (Esp) 67 72 69,
 209 J Winther (Den) 70 71 68, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 68 71, N Ravano (Ita) 67 70 72, S Einhaus (Ger) 68 74 67, S Kim (USA) 74 68 67, N Geyger (Chi) 71 71 67, R Langasque (am) (Fra) 69 72 68,
 210 S Manley (Wal) 68 70 72, N Lemke (Swe) 67 72 71, S Soderberg (Swe) 68 69 73, N Turner (Irl) 68 69 73, P Tarver-Jones (Eng) 71 71 68, D Stewart (Sco) 71 70 69, A Björk (Swe) 71 70 69, B Åkesson (Swe) 68 72 70, T Anderson  (Eng) 70 72 68, R Coles (Eng) 68 72 70,
 211 F Praegant (Aut) 70 72 69, A Widemann (Fra) 70 65 76, M Orrin (Eng) 69 68 74, S Heisele (Ger) 71 70 70, A Saddier (Fra) 67 69 75, L Gagli  (Ita) 73 68 70, B Parker  (Eng) 69 71 71,
 212 G Houston (Wal) 71 71 70, O Stark (Swe) 74 66 72, P Relecom  (Bel) 70 72 70, W Harrold (Eng) 71 71 70,
 213 A Hartø  (Den) 68 73 72,




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