Friday, August 24, 2018

Forrest on fire with eight-birdie 66 in Switzerland

Scotland's Grant Forrest shot the lowest round of the day, a six-under-par 66,  and improved his position to joint 11th on 207 after the third round of the Rolex Trophy Challenge Tour event at Geneva, Switzerland.
Forrest, pictured, had eight birdies and two bogeys in halves of 33. He is eight shots behind the joint leaders, Finland's Kim Koivu  and Marcel Sneider (Germany), on 17-under 199.

LEADERBOARD
Par 216 (3x72)
199 Kim Koivu (Finland) 62 65 72, Marcel Sneider (Germany) 67 65 67
205 Joel Girrbach (Switzerland) 69 69 67, Minkyu Kim (South Korea) 70 66 69, Pedro Figueiredo (Portugal) 68 68 69.'

SCOTS' SCORES
207 Grant Forrest 71 70 66 (T11)
210 David Law 70 69 71 (T17)
212 Ewen Ferguson 70 73 69 (27th)
215 Liam Johnston 69 77 68 (29th)
218 Robert MacIntyre 68 78 72 (36th)

NEWS RELEASE
Kim Koivu and Marcel Schneider will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Rolex Trophy at Golf Club de Genève.
Koivu’s five-shot overnight lead disappeared after he carded a round of 72, level par, while Schneider joined the two-time European Challenge Tour winner at the top of the leaderboard, signing for a round of 67, five under par, on Day Three in Switzerland.
The Finn, who carded opening rounds of 62 and 65, could not extend his advantage as he made one birdie and a bogey amongst 16 pars, on a windy afternoon.
While Schneider, who won the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf in June, showed his guile to close the gap as the 27 year old stalled. He was one under par through his opening nine holes before he returned to the clubhouse bogey-free with a birdie on the 11th before three successive gains on 15, 16 and 17 to join Koivu at the top.
With 18 holes left of the historic event, Koivu is pleased with his position and his chance to succeed, even after a testing afternoon in Geneva.
“I hung on and I would still say it’s a decent round,” he said. “It was tricky conditions with the wind, compared to the morning when it was quite calm, so it was completely different.
“I’m only thinking of the positives going into tomorrow and I’m ready to grind it out and see who comes out on top at the end.
“I started the day hitting good tee shots, but my wedges weren’t dialled in today. I was too far from the pin during the front nine and was unable to hole long putts. On the back nine I didn’t hit many fairways, so that made it difficult to make birdies.
“I’ll stick to the game plan again and I’ll probably hit the same clubs off the tee like I have done over the first three days. It’s going to be a good battle tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”
Chasing the leading duo are Pedro Figueiredo, Joel Girrbach and Minkyu Kim, who all shot sub-70 rounds to move up the leaderboard but remain six shots shy of the leaders. The round of the day came from Italian Lorenzo Gagli who carded for a round of 64, eight under par, and is one of five players on tied tenth on ten under par.
Scores after round three:
 
 199 K Koivu (Fin) 62 65 72, M Schneider (Ger) 67 65 67, 
 205 J Girrbach (Sui) 69 69 67, M Kim (Kor) 70 66 69, P Figueiredo  (Por) 68 68 69, 
 206 N Geyger (Chi) 65 70 71, B Stow (Eng) 69 68 69, D Papadatos (Aus) 69 68 69, L Gagli  (Ita) 71 71 64, K Samooja (Fin) 69 71 66, 
 207 E Johansen  (Nor) 72 69 66, A Arnaus (Esp) 73 67 67, G Forrest  (Sco) 71 70 66, 
 208 D Huizing z(Ned) 70 70 68, 
 209 M Iten  (Swit) 70 73 66, M Orrin (Eng) 70 68 71, 
 210 V Perez (Fra) 69 73 68, J Senior (Eng) 72 68 70, B Virto  (Esp) 73 71 66, O Wilson (Eng) 70 69 71, S Forsström (Swe) 69 70 71, D Law (Sco) 70 69 71, J Singh Brar  (Eng) 68 73 69, 
 211 S Soderberg (Swe) 65 76 70, W Besseling  (Ned) 70 72 69, S Tiley (Eng) 68 72 71, 
 212 E Ferguson  (Sco) 70 73 69, 
 213 K Johannessen (Nor) 71 73 69, 
 214 L Johnston (Sco) 69 77 68, 
 215 S Manley (Wal) 70 75 70, A Karlsson  (Swe) 70 71 74, 
 216 D Van Driel  (Ned) 69 70 77, J Lima  (Por) 70 72 74, 
 217 R McGowan  (Eng) 67 78 72, A Rozner  (Fra) 74 71 72, 
 218 R MacIntyre  (Sco) 68 78 72, 
 219 M Hoey  (Nir) 75 73 71, J Hansen  (Den) 72 72 75, P Mejow (Ger) 72 72 75, 
 227 O Lengden (Swe) 75 76 76. 
 









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