Saturday, July 14, 2018

ITALIAN CHALLENGE

Chris Doak shoots another sub-70 for 8-under-par but drops out of top 10  


Day Three report
Emilio Cuartero Blanco will take a one-shot lead into the final round at the Italian Challenge after carding a seven under par score of 64 in the second round.
The Spaniard, who equalled the lowest round of the day, came from six shots behind to take pole position ahead of Sebastian Soderberg and Jack Senior atthe end of "moving day"" at Is Molas Resort as he searches for his first European Challenge Tour title.  
The 27-year-old shone in the Sardinian sun as he holed five birdieputts in a blemish-free, five-under-par front nine to lie one behind overnight leader Soderberg at the turn. A bogey on the 11th did not disturb his rhythm as he eagled the next hole to take the lead as the Swede dropped shots.
Under the baking sun, Cuartero Blanco kept his cool to gain another shot on the 16th and post a career-low round of 64 on the Challenge Tour as he joined fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus for the lowest round of the day.
With Soderberg and Senior, who was two shots behind after round two, unable to catch the Spaniard, Cuartero Blanco could not have asked for a better third round as he aims to push on for glory tomorrow.
“When I imagine Moving Day, that’s how I imagine it. I started really hot. I made eleven putts on the front nine, five under, that’s what I call perfection on Moving Day on the front nine,” he said. “Even though I had a bogey on 11 I bounced back with an eagle and then a birdie on 16, so it was a solid day.
“I’ll be nervous tomorrow because I was not expecting to lead. I thought seven under was very good, so I’ll have to call on that knowledge from today. I could shoot a good round tomorrow but still not win, so I won’t leave anything out there.
“I will be placing the ball on the fairway and on the green, and then be aggressive with the putter. That’s been my strategy since day one and that will be my strategy tomorrow.”
After opening rounds of 64-67, Soderberg could not maintain control in Italy as he carded a level par round of 71 to sit one behind after Day Three. While Senior joined the Swede on 11 under par with his round of 69, two under par, to back-up yesterday’s round of 67.
Elsewhere Mark Flindt Haastrup and Victor Perez joined Arnaus for a share of fourth after rounds of 66 and 68, respectively. The Spaniard shot a bogey-free seven under par round before he was joined by the pair later in the day. The trio are two shots behind Cuartero Blanco and still in contention ahead of the final day.  
Scot Chris Doak broke 70 for the third day in succession but so low is the scoring in general that he lost ground, dropping out of the top 10 with a 54-hole aggregate of eight-under 205.
Scores after round three:
 par 213 (3x71)
 201 E Cuartero Blanco  (Spn) 69 68 64
 202 S Soderberg (Swe) 64 67 71, J Senior (Eng) 66 67 69
 203 V Perez (Fra) 70 65 68, M Haastrup  (Denmark) 71 66 66, A Arnaus (Spn) 68 71 64
 204 J Singh Brar  (Eng) 65 71 68, G Moynihan (Ire) 68 68 68, S Heisele (Ger) 70 68 66, N Lemke (Swe) 69 64 71, M Hoey  (NIre) 68 68 68, N Kimsey (Eng) 67 69 68, K Ventura (Norway) 71 68 65, N Møller  (Denmark) 72 67 65
 205 J Munro (Australia) 69 69 67, E Johansen  (Norway) 65 69 71, J Lima  (Portugal) 68 67 70, T Linard (Fra) 67 70 68, M Orrin (Eng) 69 70 66, C Doak (Sco) 67 69 69
 206 B Ritthammer (Ger) 70 68 68, M Carlsson  (Swe) 72 67 67, R McGowan  (Eng) 68 69 69 
 207 J Girrbach (Switz) 69 70 68, A Knappe (Ger) 71 68 68, S Tiley (Eng) 67 73 67, A Ahokas (Finland) 69 66 72, J Sjöholm (Swe) 69 71 67, M Fenasse (Fra) 68 70 69, R McGee (Ire) 67 68 72, D Papadatos (Australia) 72 67 68, B Stow (Eng) 69 70 68
 208 B Evans  (Eng) 69 71 68, G Forrest  (Sco) 72 67 69, A Meronk  (Poland) 67 71 70, K Samooja (Finland) 70 68 70, F Laporta (Ita) 73 67 68, M Galiano Aguilar (Spn) 64 73 71, N Von Dellingshausen  (Ger) 70 70 68, P Figueiredo  (Portugal) 69 69 70, J Stalter (Fra) 69 67 72, N Cullen (Australia) 68 71 69
 209 G Porteous (Eng) 71 69 69, P Widegren  (Swe) 69 69 71, U Coussaud (Fra) 71 66 72, Ó Serna (Mexico) 69 70 70, O Stark (Swe) 70 70 69, J McDonald  (Sco) 70 68 71, A Karlsson  (Swe) 67 71 71 
 210 R McEvoy  (Eng) 68 72 70, A Wennstam (Swe) 70 68 72, C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 67 70 73, R MacIntyre  (Sco) 68 72 70 
 211 O Lindell  (Finland) 72 68 71, C Blomstrand (Swe) 66 74 71, A Michael (SAf) 68 70 73
 212 F Bergamaschi (Ita) 67 73 72, M Schneider (Ger) 72 68 72, M Schmitt  (Ger) 69 71 72, V Riu  (Fra) 68 72 72, R Saxton (Netherlands) 71 68 73, 
 213 P Mejow (Ger) 70 69 74 
 216 H Leon (Chile) 73 67 76 

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