Amundi Open de France R3

Colsaerts powers ahead in Paris

October 17-20
Le Golf National, Paris
€1,600,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Nicolas Colsaerts will take a three shot lead into the final round of the Amundi Open de France after a Saturday round of 67 took him to 13 under par at Le Golf National.

Open de France R3 - Colsaerts powers ahead in Paris
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“I’m a bit on a mission. I have a lot to play for. It’s not like actually winning this tournament is at the forefront of my mind. I still have to play shots. It got a little bit easier at the end but it’s a difficult course to play. If you just lose a little bit of focus, which I think if I looked at the leaderboard and everything, I might do.

“I’m in control of a lot of things, my striking, my emotions, for whatever reason I can’t tell you. It would be amazing to win this thing. But like I said, if I stay away from thinking that, I think my chances will be a lot higher than if I see this thing right in front of me.”

The big hitting Belgian claimed the last of his two European Tour titles in 2012, the same season he was part of the famous Miracle at Medinah as Europe came back from 10-4 down to win the Ryder Cup.


He has had three second places since then and has finished inside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex every season, but is currently 114th and battling to keep his playing privileges.

South Africa’s George Coetzee’s round of 70 took him to ten under par, as he kept within touching distance of the lead despite a double bogey on the 13th , which had followed a monster putt for birdie on the previous hole.

“I was hoping it would continue but came to an abrupt halt on 13. Kind of the way I’ve been playing this week. It’s either hot off the blocks, or just hold on until you find something, and when you find something, just try and keep it.

“ You’d think the putt on 12 was the best putt I hit today, but the putt on 13 for bogey was probably the best putt I hit today. Because if I had not hit a good putt, I might have left myself a tester for about a double, probably would have been a triple. I’m reasonably happy getting out of that hole with a double. I guess I’ll have to play really good golf tomorrow.”

Jamie Donaldson is another Ryder Cup star battling to keep his card and he celebrated his birthday by recording a 66 to sit one shot further back at nine under par alongside America’s Kurt Kitayama, who is seeking a third win of his rookie season on the European Tour.

“I played nicely most of the way,” said Donaldson. “Very happy, being my birthday and all. You don’t really try to remember your birthday when you get to 40-plus, but yeah, a memorable day on my birthday.

“Just keep playing the way I’ve been playing the last three days, which is being aggressive. I’ve got a game plan, but I need to be pushing on to try to win the tournament.”


Dane Joachim B Hansen carded a remarkable 69 as he overcame a quintuple bogey nine on the 13th to get to eight under par alongside Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan and Scot Richie Ramsay.

Benjamin Hebert remains the leading French player at seven under par after rounds of 66-71-69, alongside German Major winner Martin Kaymer and South African Brandon Stone.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-13
67
66
67
200
2
George Coetzee
RSA
-10
65
68
70
203
T3
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-9
71
67
66
204
T3
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-9
66
68
70
204
T5
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-8
68
69
68
205
T5
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-8
68
68
69
205
T5
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-8
66
69
70
205
T8
Brandon Stone
RSA
-7
68
69
69
206
T8
Martin Kaymer
GER
-7
68
69
69
206
T8
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
66
71
69
206
T11
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-6
70
72
65
207
T11
Victor Perez
FRA
-6
67
71
69
207
T13
Steven Brown
ENG
-5
71
68
69
208
T13
Hudson Swafford
USA
-5
74
65
69
208
T15
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-4
70
71
68
209
T15
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
69
71
69
209
T15
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
71
73
65
209
T15
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
71
68
70
209
T19
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
68
74
68
210
T19
Jerome Lando-Casanova
FRA
-3
69
72
69
210
T19
Hugo Leon
CHI
-3
68
72
70
210
T19
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
67
72
71
210
T19
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
65
74
71
210
T19
Frederic Lacroix
FRA
-3
72
72
66
210
T19
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
67
70
73
210
T19
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
69
76
65
210
T27
David Horsey
ENG
-2
70
72
69
211
T27
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-2
68
74
69
211
T27
Romain Langasque
FRA
-2
68
73
70
211
T27
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-2
73
70
68
211
T27
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
70
69
72
211
T32
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
70
72
70
212
T32
Jordan Smith
ENG
-1
68
74
70
212
T32
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-1
70
72
70
212
T32
Jeong-Weon Ko
FRA
-1
73
69
70
212
T32
David Lipsky
USA
-1
71
72
69
212
T32
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
73
68
71
212
T32
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-1
74
69
69
212
T32
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
68
72
72
212
T40
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
70
71
213
T40
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
69
73
71
213
T40
Charlie Saxon
USA
Par
70
71
72
213
T40
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
72
71
70
213
T40
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
71
73
69
213
T40
Liam Johnston
SCO
Par
68
76
69
213
T40
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
73
72
68
213
T47
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
69
73
72
214
T47
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
69
72
73
214
T47
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
70
73
71
214
T47
Stewart Cink
USA
1
70
70
74
214
T47
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
73
67
74
214
T47
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
71
68
75
214
T47
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
1
70
74
70
214
T54
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
2
69
73
73
215
T54
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
73
69
73
215
T54
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
74
69
72
215
T54
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
72
72
71
215
T54
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
75
70
70
215
T54
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
71
74
70
215
T54
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
73
72
70
215
T61
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
3
67
76
73
216
T61
James Morrison
ENG
3
71
73
72
216
T61
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
71
74
71
216
T64
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
70
72
75
217
T64
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
72
73
72
217
T64
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
72
73
72
217
T67
Charles Larcelet
FRA
5
71
71
76
218
T67
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
69
75
74
218
T67
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
5
69
76
73
218
T70
Darren Fichardt
RSA
6
67
77
75
219
T70
Justin Walters
RSA
6
67
77
75
219
T72
Julien Quesne
FRA
7
70
72
78
220
T72
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
70
74
76
220
T72
Max Schmitt
GER
7
72
72
76
220
75
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
8
76
68
77
221
76
Marc Warren
SCO
10
71
72
80
223
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
69
77
146
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
4
70
76
146
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
71
146
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
73
73
146
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
68
78
146
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
4
76
70
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
5
73
74
147
CUT
Cyril Bouniol
FRA
5
72
75
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
74
73
147
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
71
76
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
6
73
75
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
6
71
77
148
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
6
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
72
76
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
77
71
148
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
6
74
74
148
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
7
76
73
149
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
8
74
76
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
76
74
150
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
78
73
151
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
9
76
75
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
75
77
152
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
10
75
77
152
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
12
77
77
154
CUT
David Ravetto
FRA
12
76
78
154
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
12
78
76
154
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
12
77
77
154
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
15
76
81
157
DSQ
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
73
73
DSQ
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
0
DSQ
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
70
70
RET
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
75
75
RET
Julian Suri
USA
Par
71
71