Saturday, July 28, 2018

David Law shares lead in Austria after brilliant 62

Aberdonian David Law, chasing his second European Challenge Tour win this season, shot a brilliant eight-under-par round of 62 to share a two-stroke lead with Frenchman Darius Van Driel going into Sunday's final round of the Challenge Tour's Euram Bank Open at Adamstal Golf Club, Austria.
Van Driel also had a third-round 62 after scores of 70 and 64.
Law's earlier rounds were 66 and 68, so his tally is 14-under-par 196. He , had nine birdies and one bogey in his 62, boosting his total of birdies over the first 54 holes to 19.
In this low-scoring tournament, Scott Henry is joint 14th on 202 (68 68 66
Duncan Stewart from Grantown on Spey and another Scot, Calum Hill, share 18th place on 203. Stewart has shot scores of 67, 66 and 70 while Hill has had rounds of 65, 67 and 71.
Jack McDonald has scored 69, 70 and 70 for 209 and a joint 56th position.


      Today's picture of David Law is displayed by courtesy of Getty Images.


Aberdeen’s David Law and Darius van Driel of the Netherlands co-lead the Euram Bank Open on 14-under-par 196 following impressive rounds of 62 on Moving Day at Golf Club Adamstal in Austria.
Starting the day in a tie for tenth place, van Driel went eagle-birdie-birdie on his third, fourth and fifth holes before adding another gain on the ninth to position his name amongst the tournament leaders.
Not to be outdone, Law, who was playing in the group behind the Dutchman, began his round with four-consecutive birdies, added another on the par three sixth hole and then parred his way to the turn — matching the Dutch golfer’s opening-nine 31.
On a wild Day Three that saw five different players card eight-under-par 62s, it was clear that Law and van Driel knew that they had to keep their foot on the accelerator.
“The pins were maybe a little bit easier, they were more to the inside of the green, plus there was almost no wind, so it really was suited for shooting a low round,” said van Driel.
On the back-nine, both golfers continued their torrid pace — carding inward-half 31s and signing for rounds of eight under par to take a two-stroke advantage into tomorrow’s final round.
Sharing third place on 12 under par are Road To Ras Al Khaimah leader Joachim B. Hansen — who is after his third win this season and an automatic promotion to the European Tour – and Sean Crocker, who made the cut at last week’s 147th Open Championship.
Law, himself a winner on the European Challenge Tour this year, will take recent experience at the top of the leaderboard into Sunday's final 18 holes. After failing to convert a 36-hole lead at the KPMG Trophy in Belgium, the Scot secured his maiden victory on home soil at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge at Aviemore.
“Belgium was really important for Scotland,” he said. “I finished 13th in Belgium so it was a week I was really disappointed with, but I used it to my advantage in Scotland and I learned from the poor weekend.
“I need to think about what I did in Scotland tomorrow. I feel like now that I’ve won out here, and now that I’m in this situation again, I’ll be comfortable. It’s given me a lot of belief, and fingers crossed I’ll be in a position tomorrow to win.
“I wasn’t hitting the ball today like I have been the last two months, but I know where my miss is, which is huge in golf.
“Without hitting the ball well, I’m playing good golf, which is really important.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow, the Euram Bank Open co-leaders have both said that they will need to stay focused, and perhaps surprisingly, be ready for the physical demands of Golf Club Adamstal.
“On this golf course you need to be really patient,” said Law. “It’s not a course where you need to be aggressive off the tee, but it really is a course that is a tee shot golf course. You need to be pretty fit as well, it’s such a hard walk.”
“This course is so hilly it really gets you in the legs,” van Driel said. “Holland is flat, so we’re not used to it. I played the alps tour in 2015 so I’m a little bit familiar with these kinds of courses, but it still is one of the most demanding courses on your conditioning.”

Scores after round 3:
par 210 (3x70)

196 D Van Driel (Netherlands) 70 64 62, D Law (Sco) 66 68 62

198 S Crocker (USA) 64 65 69, J Hansen (Denmark) 65 65 68
199 M Keskari (Ger) 69 68 62
200 P Figueiredo (Portugal) 69 67 64, J Sarasti (Spn) 72 64 64, M Gradecki (Poland) 70 68 62, F Mruzek (Czech) 64 70 66
201 B Virto (Spn) 71 68 62, J Davidson (Wales) 71 65 65, T Murray (Eng) 69 67 65, F Laporta (Ita) 65 71 65
202 J Carlsson (Swe) 65 71 66, S Henry (Sco) 68 68 66, M Galiano Aguilar (Spn) 68 67 67, M Trappel (Austria) 68 64 70
203 K Ventura (Nor) 66 70 67, D Stewart (Sco) 67 66 70, C Hill (Sco) 65 67 71, S Einhaus (Ger) 68 67 68, B Ritthammer (Ger) 68 69 66
204 H Joannes (Belgium) 68 70 66, M Dobias (Switz) 68 65 71, J Brun (Fra) 69 69 66, A Korinek (Czech) 67 70 67, M Gaspar (Portugal) 69 68 67, T Cruz (Portugal) 71 67 66, R De Sousa (Switz) 67 68 69 
205 J Van Der Vaart (Netherlands) 67 68 70, J Kunzenbacher (Ger) 68 68 69, S Matus (Czech) 70 68 67, T Linard (Fra) 68 65 72, S Manley (Wales) 68 68 69, R Kakko (Finland) 69 69 67, C Sharvin (NIre) 68 65 72
206 J Rutherford (Eng) 69 69 68, W Besseling (Netherlands) 65 72 69, E Lipparelli (Ita) 66 69 71, M Pastor (Spn) 66 65 75, J Allan (Eng) 68 68 70, N Møller (Denmark) 68 71 67, B Easton (SAf) 72 67 67 
207 M Ovesen (Denmark) 72 66 69, L Van Meijel (Netherlands) 70 68 69, J Lando Casanova (Fra) 69 68 70, E Di Nitto (Ita) 67 69 71, P McBride (Ire) 67 71 69, D McElroy (NIre) 70 68 69, D Huizing (Netherlands) 72 66 69 
208 H Casey (Eng) 69 67 72, E Goya (Arg) 70 68 70, A Tadini (Ita) 69 70 69, T Baltl (Austria) 72 66 70, D Perrier (Fra) 69 69 70
209 J McDonald (Sco) 69 70 70, A Plant (Eng) 67 71 71, E Cuartero Blanco (Spn) 67 72 70, O Lieser (Czech) 69 70 70
210 J Erkenbeck (USA) 67 71 72
211 L Nemecz (Austria) 70 68 73
212 B Reiter (Austria) 68 67 77
213 A Chapman (Eng) 67 72 74

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