Saturday, September 30, 2017

Richie Ramsay only one off the British Masters 

lead after a third-round 65

Robert Karlsson (Getty Images) 

Former European Number One Robert Karlsson will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, with Aberdeen's Richie Ramsay, Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy well-placed in a bunched chasing pack at Close House, Northumberland.
Ramsay, pictured on right, is only one behind Karlsson after rounds of 67, 67 and 65 for 11-under-par 199. Another Scot with a third-round 65 was Marc Warren and is he is T16  with a tally of eight-under 202 
McIlroy delighted the crowd of 14,328 in Newcastle with a bogey-free six under par round of 64 to move to ten under par for the tournament and right in contention for his first win of 2017. The four-time Major Champion is poised to strike as part of a five-way share of seventh place, alongside Sweden’s David Lingmerth, who posted five birdies in a row on the front nine en route to a superb 62.
Lingmerth’s compatriot Karlsson is the pacesetter though after an eagle two on the ninth hole and two birdies on the back nine in a round of 67, a score which moved him to 12 under par. 
That was enough for the outright lead when long-time leader Tyrrell Hatton dropped his second shot in four holes on the 18th to sign for one over par round of 71.
Hatton is one shot back on 11 under par in a five-way share of second place alongside Poulter, who recovered from a double-bogey on the par three fifth hole to post a round of 68. Scotland’s Richie Ramsay (65), Ireland’s Paul Dunne (65) and local favourite Graeme Storm (67) will also go into the final round just one stroke back, while tournament host Lee Westwood picked up three shots on the front nine only to give them back on the way in, and the former World Number One will begin the final round three shots adrift after a round of 70.
Player Quotes
Robert Karlsson: “I didn't hit the ball very well, so I put myself in a lot of trouble but I managed to keep it together very nicely and I'm very proud of the way I scored in the end.
Every time you play well, every time you're up in contention of tournaments, it's what we all practise for and what we all play for. It's fantastic to play here, it's a great crowd and I'm very, very happy to be in the last group. It's a long time since I was there.

Ian Poulter: “I've come here this week to do a number of things. One is to get back in the Top-50 and two is to win this golf tournament. In my position going into Sunday I realistically have to feel I'm in with a shout. Just one back at the minute.
“So don't make mistakes tomorrow, and if you do, obviously don't make them expensive ones, and keep doing what I'm doing. I'm hitting a lot of decent shots. My short game is pretty good. I'm putting it in play.”

Graeme Storm: “It was great. A little bit disappointing from 12, where I missed quite a short one and went on to miss another short one and another one. It was kind of about just keeping my composure towards the end of the round and giving myself a couple chances, which is what I did.
“Just more of the same. Fairways and greens for me. I can't blow it over bunkers out there, so I've just got to put it in position and keep the strategy the same and hole a few more putts.”

Rory McIlroy: “I felt today I did get the most out of it. I scrambled well when I needed to. Some of these sort of three and four footers that you leave yourself on these greens are pretty tricky.
“We had an early tee time today but there was a lot of people out there and it was nice to have the support, and nicer to hit shots like that in front of them as well.
“I expect to be a few behind going into tomorrow but it was a nice score to shoot. At least I put myself in the position today where if I do hole those putts tomorrow, it might mean something, so that's nice. It is very scorable out there and at least I know that if I shoot a good one tomorrow, I might have a good chance to win.”

David Lingmerth: “Very pleased with how my round ended up today. Got off to a little rocky start, had to save a couple pars early and I got rolling with the putter and made five birdies in a row. I started swinging it better, too. I felt like I was in pretty good control of what I was doing out there today.”
Third round scores
par 210 (3x70)
198 R Karlsson (Swe) 66 65 67
199 R Ramsay (Sco) 67 67 65, T Hatton (Eng) 63 65 71, I Poulter (Eng) 66 65 68, P Dunne (Ire) 66 68 65, G Storm (Eng) 65 67 67
200 C Hanson (Eng) 64 67 69, D Lingmerth (Swe) 68 70 62, G Coetzee (SAf) 63 72 65, R McIlroy (NIre) 67 69 64, S Lowry (Ire) 68 66 66
201 C Wood (Eng) 67 68 66, L Westwood (Eng) 66 65 70, L Bjerregaard (Denmark) 67 67 67, M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 66 69 66
202 M Warren (Sco) 70 67 65, K Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 66 70 66,
203 M Kaymer (Ger) 66 71 66, P Larrazábal (Spn) 68 68 67, F Fritsch (Ger) 66 68 69, A Chesters (Eng) 65 66 72, N Elvira (Sopn) 70 67 66, J Lima (Portugal) 71 67 65, F Aguilar (Chile) 67 71 65,
204 L Slattery (Eng) 65 67 72, M Korhonen (Fin) 64 73 67, M Ilonen (Fin) 64 68 72, D Brooks (Eng) 66 70 68, S Gallacher (Sco) 69 69 66, A Dodt (Australia) 66 69 69, L Haotong (China) 67 69 68, A Hansen (Denmark) 69 68 67
205 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 69 68 68, W Ormsby (Australia) 67 70 68, J Carlsson (Swe) 65 73 67, S Jamieson (Sco) 68 68 69, G Havret (Fra) 67 67 71, D Stewart (Sco) 71 67 67, A Wall (Eng) 69 68 68
206 O Fisher (Eng) 70 68 68, M Foster (Eng) 68 69 69, G Bourdy (Fra) 68 67 71, J Wang (SKor) 68 69 69, G McDowell (NIre) 66 68 72, R Rock (Eng) 68 68 70, B Hebert (Fra) 70 68 68, T Lewis (Eng) 70 67 69
207 A Levy (Spn) 68 70 69, J Donaldson (Wales) 70 68 69, A Otaegui (Spn) 70 68 69,
208 D Willett (Eng) 69 67 72, S Gros (Fra) 70 67 71, L Canter (Eng) 69 68 71, R Sterne (SAf) 69 65 74, D Drysdale (Sco) 71 67 70, J Stalter (Fra) 65 69 74, A Sullivan (Eng) 68 69 71, J Campillo (Spn) 70 67 71, D Fichardt (SAf) 67 68 73, A Rai (Eng) 70 67 71
209 S Chawrasia (Ind) 72 65 72, P Waring (Eng) 68 68 73, E De La Riva (Spn) 70 68 71, A Cañizares (Spn) 70 68 71



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