Saturday, September 05, 2015

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Saturday September 5, 2015

Craig Lee in the mix with a round to go in 

Russia, two off the pace

Lee Slattery moved into a two shot lead at the M2M Russian Open after a four under par third round 67 moved him to within touching distance of a first European Tour title in four years at Skolkovo Golf Club.
The Englishman, whose only European Tour title came at the 2011 Madrid Masters, looked like he may have played his way out of it when he fell to a double bogey at the par three 11th. But he bounced back in impressive fashion with two birdies in the next three holes before picking up another shot at the last to move to the top on 13 under for the tournament.
Scot Craig Lee carded a flawless five under par 66 to share second place on 11 under with Estanislao Goya of Argentina, who also managed to avoid registering a single bogey in a four under par round of 67.
David Horsey, meanwhile, boosted his chances of a successful title defence as he moved to within three shots of the summit in outright fourth place, courtesy of a five under 66.

Player quotes:

Lee Slattery (67, -4; -13 total)
“I hit a really nice drive at 18, one of the best of the day, and then a three iron rescue which has been carrying all week. It’s been a great club for me this week, especially on a lot of the par threes that play long. It was a nice way to finish the round off.
“I got a bit unlucky in the bunker, it was sat down in a little bit of a hole and there was no sand there. The bunkers have a lot of sand this week, I’ve seen a lot of plugged balls but for some reason were my ball was there was no sand at all, so it was just unfortunate really. I didn’t feel I hit a bad bunker shot but the club bounced and I thinned it over the back and the rest is history.
“I knew at the beginning of the week that there were places to avoid and mainly the bunkers. I saw Bradley went in a couple bunkers and was left with a lot of tough shots. It’s one of the course’s defences this week, there are so many bunkers and if you do end up in one it’s difficult.
“It’s very similar to my last win actually, I had a two shot lead there on the final day. I remember losing the lead quite early but it pushed me on to play well again so it’s similar, similar feelings, and I’m just going to go out and enjoy it tomorrow. It’s the old cliché, take it one shot at a time, that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

Craig Lee (66, -5; -11 total)
“I’m delighted with five under. I certainly would have taken it before we went out. Obviously the weather has been tough for the morning groups and we got the lucky end of the draw. I had left my hotel when play had been suspended so I didn’t have to warm up in the rain but its been very testing.
“I’ve actually hit the ball really well all week. I really struggled on the greens and I think most of my bogeys have been three-putts so I managed to keep them off the cards and I managed to keep them off the card and rolled a couple of nice long ones in.
“If you get out of position off the tee you can really struggle because the pin positions are really tucked away, so if you lose position off the tee you feel like you have to go for it you might miss it in the wrong position again and before you know it you’re looking at double bogey.
“I’ve struggled with the putter so I didn’t expect to hit five under today but if I keep hitting it like that, who knows, I might roll a couple in and we’ll see what happens.”

Estanislao Goya (67, -4; -11 total)
“I’m very pleased, it’s a bogey free round again so I’m very happy about that. It was tougher definitely, it was wet and played longer. The wind changed a little bit at times and the ball wasn’t flying as much.
“I have a chance for tomorrow too so I’ll make the most of it. It’s the place I want to be, in the last group, try to put some pressure and hopefully I can have a good tournament.
“I tried to play golf for the middle of the greens and when I have a chance, attack a little bit more, that’s what happened today. The greens were tricky, a little bit softer and footprints on them as well so it was a day to be patient.

David Horsey (66, -5; -10 total)
“We went up a club going into 18 there, I had a three iron but I decided to cut an 18 degree rescue in and it moved a lot in the air but it was the right shot in the end.
“Saturday’s moving day so it’s always nice to make a move up the leaderboard. I played nicely out there and I’m very pleased with my position going into the final day.
“The delay was actually a bit of a blessing because it was hammering it down beforehand so that extra hour and a half helped me out a little bit and we hardly had any rain this afternoon. So we were very lucky with the weather and it’s certainly played into the leaders’ hands.
“I’m playing nicely at the moment so I just have to stick to my game plan again tomorrow and see where I am coming down the stretch.”


200 L Slattery (Eng) 66 67 67,
202 C Lee (Sco) 67 69 66, E Goya (Arg) 68 67 67,
203 D Horsey (Eng) 67 70 66,
204 B Dredge (Wal) 66 66 72, O Henningsson  (Swe) 69 68 67,
205 P Martin Benavides (Esp) 68 67 70,
206 J Scrivener (Aus) 70 66 70, D Van Tonder  (RSA) 69 69 68, M Southgate  (Eng) 68 69 69, B Evans  (Eng) 67 68 71, D Drysdale (Sco) 68 69 69,
207 A Pavan (Ita) 70 69 68, K Horne (RSA) 67 70 70, D Vancsik (Arg) 69 68 70, L Jensen (Den) 70 69 68, J Heath  (Eng) 70 66 71, S Jamieson  (Sco) 65 71 71,
208 M Hoey  (Nir) 71 66 71, T Chuayprakong (Tha) 67 71 70, C Doak (Sco) 71 67 70, S Griffiths (Eng) 68 71 69, D Kemmer (USA) 71 69 68, D Gaunt (Aus) 65 69 74, M Kieffer (Ger) 68 69 71, J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 69 68 71,
209 S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) 70 67 72, M Tullo (Chi) 69 72 68, J Randhawa (Ind) 68 73 68, T Murray (Eng) 67 74 68, J Edfors (Swe) 71 68 70, C Bouniol (Fra) 68 69 72, J Colomo  (Esp) 69 68 72,
210 A Da Silva (Bra) 72 69 69, R Dinwiddie  (Eng) 73 69 68, M Bremner (RSA) 69 71 70, O Farr (Wal) 71 67 72, N Johansson (Swe) 70 70 70, J Roos (RSA) 68 74 68, R Santos  (Por) 74 67 69, J Blaauw  (RSA) 71 66 73,
211 J Smith (Eng) 69 68 74, K Richardson (Aus) 74 68 69, M Nixon (Eng) 68 70 73,
212 R McGowan  (Eng) 71 69 72, S Wakefield (Eng) 69 68 75, P Meesawat  (Tha) 68 71 73,
213 N Kearney (Irl) 70 71 72, R Lynch (Aus) 69 70 74, B Casey  (Irl) 72 68 73, J Knutzon (USA) 73 69 71, C Lloyd (Eng) 69 68 76,
214 S Hansen (Den) 69 73 72, P Junhasavasdikul (Tha) 69 72 73, B Stow (Eng) 69 71 74, D Frittelli (RSA) 71 70 73,
215 D McGrane (Irl) 70 72 73, R Gangjee (Ind) 68 73 74, S Norris  (RSA) 70 72 73, M Brown (Nzl) 72 70 73, E Espana (Fra) 68 72 75,
216 J Janewattananond (Tha) 73 69 74, J Ahlers (RSA) 72 70 74, P Erofejeff (Fin) 73 66 77,
217 A Summers (Aus) 68 74 75, P Pittayarat (Tha) 67 71 79, A Curlewis (RSA) 72 70 75,
218 T Wiratchant (Tha) 69 71 78,
219 A Pavlov (Rus) 73 69 77, M Mamat (Sin) 70 72 77,
220 P Karmis  (RSA) 73 69 78,




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