Saturday, September 21, 2019

Day Three report
Jon Rahm and Danny Willett remain deadlocked at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of the BMW PGA Championship, while local hero Justin Rose will tee off in the penultimate group in search of a maiden victory at Wentworth Club in the fourth Rolex Series event of the season.
Former Masters Champion Willett provided one of the moments of the day when he pulled off a miraculous recovery, reminiscent of the great Seve Ballesteros, at the 15th hole having driven his ball into the trees.
He went on to card only his second bogey of the day, but recovered that stroke with a birdie on the last hole for a round of 68 to remain in a tie for the lead with Spaniard Rahm on 15 under par.
The pair will tee off together at 1:20pm on Sunday, with Rahm chasing a fourth Rolex Series title and Willett targeting a second.
Rahm had edged two shots clear on the back nine with a birdie on the 16th hole – his sixth of the day – but he dropped a shot on the 17th and scrambled a par on the last to also sign for a round of 68.
The pair are three shots clear of the chasing back led by World Number Four Rose, who had an up-and-down round of 69 on the West Course, including an eagle three at the 17th which was followed by a bogey six at the last. Rose is on 12 under par in a share of third place alongside South African Christian Bezuidenhout – who also signed for a 69 – and India’s Shubhankar Sharma, who posted a six under par 66.
Player quotes:
Jon Rahm
“I was happy I made par on 18. It's a nice finish that way.
Besides basically the last seven strokes, the rest of the round
was almost bulletproof. I played really good golf. I had a good
plan going in and if I had finished properly with even two
pars, I would have a one-shot lead.
“But still, there's a lot of golf to come. It's a tricky golf course
and we have 18 holes tomorrow with Danny being tied with
me, both playing solid, and the guys behind us only three
shots back. It's going to be a tough day. We're going to have
to play really good golf to win this event and I hope I can live
up to it.”
 
Danny Willett
It was good fun – there were a few up-and-downs, but the crowds are great. Me and Jon played some good golf. We're in for another good day tomorrow.
“We've got a three-shot lead over third, so we are just going to go play some good golf, try and have a bit of fun and see where we are at. The weather is not supposed to be as good tomorrow and you have other elements and factors in there so I’ll go back and rest up.”
Justin Rose
“I lost momentum a little bit I felt around the turn. I bogeyed 10 again, and failed to get it up-and-down from the impossible spot I did yesterday, and didn't birdie 12. That's when I felt like I was lagging behind a little bit but I stayed patient. Reset a little bit. Said, right, see if I can make three coming in and did a really good job of that. Great birdie at 15 and eagled 17.

“I thought I did everything right on 18, too. It's frustrating. That green is so severe. It's kind of why I didn't go for it yesterday and I was in between clubs and I was a little in-between clubs today and I thought the pin on the left, if I did miss right it wasn't the end of the world. It wasn't an easy chip.
 
"I thought I did everything right in terms of playing out to feet left. Actually hit a great little chip shot from a pretty poor lie, and thought I was going to have 15, 18 feet for birdie and just kept going. Whenever it rest up against the fringe, you can then have a guaranteed contact on the next shot.
“So, it was frustrating way to finish. But I'm in with a shot tomorrow. Would have loved to have been one better, two better, possibly. But hey, there's going to be three guys walking off in a minute thinking the same thing, so it doesn't matter.”
Ross Fisher
“It was pretty surreal. A 4-iron just right off the fairway. Just
tried to hit it just a little bit right of the pin, and actually tugged
it a little bit left. Wasn't sure whether it was going to go in the
water – I sort of looked away - and the crowd's reaction told
the rest of the story, the massive roars and cheers. So I knew
went in, and to win the BMW i8, it is still a bit of a shock.”

THIRD-ROUND SCORES AND TOTALS
par 216 (3x72)
201 D Willett  (Eng) 68 65 68, J Rahm  (Spn) 66 67 68
204 S Sharma (India) 71 67 66, C Bezuidenhout (SAf) 68 67 69, J Rose (Eng) 67 68 69,
 206 R Cabrera Bello (Spn) 69 70 67, R Ramsay  (Sco) 71 68 67
 207 P Reed (USA) 70 70 67
 208 F Molinari (Ita) 69 70 69, A Putnam (USA) 71 67 70, V Hovland (Norway) 69 69 70, B Horschel (USA) 72 65 71, P Casey  (Eng) 68 69 71, A Johnston (Eng) 69 70 69
 209 P Waring  (Eng) 70 71 68, R Fisher (Eng) 70 73 66, H Stenson (Swe) 66 69 74
 210 R McIlroy  (N Ireland) 76 69 65, J Smith (Eng) 69 71 70, K Kitayama (USA) 71 71 68, A Noren  (Swe) 69 72 69, B Wiesberger  (Austria) 74 67 69
 211 R MacIntyre  (Sco) 69 72 70, E Van Rooyen (SAf) 70 74 67, M Korhonen (Finland) 71 69 71, A Chesters  (Eng) 70 73 68
 212 S Lowry  (Ireland) 72 71 69, R Sterne  (SAf) 71 71 70, S Horsfield (Eng) 71 71 70, J Lagergren (Swe) 70 71 71, B Grace  (SAf) 72 72 68
 213 R Paratore (Ita) 71 71 71, A Wu (China) 72 73 68, J Luiten (Netherlands) 68 72 73, A Rai (Eng) 71 70 72, G Fernandez-Castaño  (Spn) 70 73 70, B Hebert  (Fra) 72 72 69, M Wallace (Eng) 65 76 72, H Li  (China) 71 72 70, R Langasque  (Fra) 69 74 70, T Pulkkanen  (Finland) 71 73 69
 214 T Pieters  (Belgium) 73 71 70, Y Miyazato (Jpn) 71 72 71, J Suri (USA) 71 74 69
 215 T Finau (USA) 70 68 77, T Fleetwood  (Eng) 70 75 70, M Schwab  (Austria) 70 75 70, M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 70 70 75
 216 R Knox (Sco) 69 71 76, K Aphibarnrat (Thai) 73 72 71, C Wood  (Eng) 70 75 71
 217 S Kjeldsen (Denmark) 73 71 73, N Colsaerts  (Belgium) 73 66 78, M Kaymer (Ger) 70 74 73, M Kinhult (Swe) 70 72 75, G Green  (Malaysia) 72 73 72, M Jiménez (Spn) 69 74 74
 218 T Immelman  (SAf) 71 74 73, M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 73 71 74, S Brown (Eng) 69 75 74,
 219 A Pavan (Ita) 68 76 75, G Coetzee (SAf) 68 72 79
 220 S Jamieson  (Sco) 68 77 75, A Quiros  (Spn) 69 75 76, P Harrington (Ireland) 73 72 75, E Molinari  (Ita) 71 74 75, E Els (SAf) 68 76 76, I Poulter (Eng) 73 70 77
 221 A Björk (Swe) 76 69 76, S Soderberg (Swe) 68 77 76, R Coles (Eng) 71 74 76, A Sullivan (Eng) 71 74 76
 222 J Guerrier  (Fra) 69 76 77, D Law (Sco) 75 69 78
 

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