Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open R3

Donaldson edges ahead of packed leaderboard

October 29 – November 01
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
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2014 Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson will go in search of his first European Tour title in more than six years as he takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open.


“I’m just working hard, really. I’m not getting any younger so it’s a case of just deciding what you want to do, and what I want to do is play golf. It’s a case of working really hard to get back to playing decent again and contending, which is what I’m doing now and it’s great. It just took a long time after the wrist injury.

“I played nicely today, have played good for three rounds. Tomorrow is the most important day, so tomorrow is the day I need to produce my best golf if I’m going to win. There are a lot of guys up there. I just need to go out there and play as well as I can play.”



The Welshman, a three-time winner on the European Tour, won his last title at the D+D Real Czech Masters in 2014 and is playing on an invitation this week. The 45-year-old birdied the last to reach 14 under par and move one shot ahead of five players who share second place at Aphrodite Hills Resort.

“There was a lot of good stuff. Played great at the end there, last few holes I dug in. It was just tough; the wind was blowing on the course. It was blowing up to 20 miles an hour. It made a strong emphasis on flight control. I wasn’t able to keep a couple of shots down when I would have liked to. We didn’t have that problem for the first two days, so it was a lot easier, it was more of a shoot at sticks type thing. Overall, quite happy.”


Four of those five are chasing their first win on the European Tour, including Scotland’s David Drysdale, who would equal Malcolm Mackenzie’s record of playing 509 tournaments before achieving his first victory.

“Was pretty much in control until the last three holes,” said Drysdale. “Tee shot left on 16, tried to hold a five iron in to 17, double crossed it, and then you saw the last. For 15 holes it was some good ball striking, in control in the wind. It was a slightly tougher day. I would say three under is a fair reflection. 

“Obviously, I’ve been out here a long time, I haven’t won. I won a couple of tournaments on Challenge Tour. I haven’t had that many opportunities, you need to try to seize the opportunities, they have been few and far between. Just got to be patient and play some good golf. The golf that I played for the first 15 holes today was good golf, so if I can do that for the next 18 holes, we’ll see where it gets me. 



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Also in the hunt are England’s Marcus Armitage, Thomas Detry of Belgium and the Finnish pair of Kalle Samooja and Sami Välimäki, who won the Oman Open in March. Samooja started the third round six strokes off the pace, but carded the lowest round of the day, a seven under par 64, to move into contention.

“I remember Malcolm Mackenzie’s win at Paris National (for his first European Tour win in his 509 th appearance). I don’t believe in fate, but it would be nice if it happened.”

“I was playing well over the first two days,” said Samooja. “In the first round I had a couple of big mistakes, that’s why I think I was so far behind. We set a goal of what we should reach over the weekend and we are heading towards that. 



“There’s one club in my bag that holes the putts – the putter has been working well the whole week. That’s been the key thing. I’ve been hitting some good wedges but there are some parts that need to be improved. 

“It’s quite crowded at the top of the leaderboard. I’m just hoping to stay in touch and the person who wants to win tomorrow needs to shoot really low. That’s the only mindset I have for tomorrow. If you want to shoot a low score, you better start from the first hole.”

Armitage, Detry, Drysdale and Samooja have all previously won on the European Challenge Tour.





Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Jamie Donaldson
-14
65
65
69
199
T2
Marcus Armitage
-13
66
64
70
200
T2
Thomas Detry
-13
66
67
67
200
T2
David Drysdale
-13
65
67
68
200
T2
Kalle Samooja
-13
70
66
64
200
T2
Sami Välimäki
-13
65
67
68
200
T7
Garrick Higgo
-12
68
66
67
201
T7
Robert MacIntyre
-12
68
67
66
201
T7
Callum Shinkwin
-12
67
66
68
201
T7
Jordan Smith
-12
67
66
68
201
T7
Jeff Winther
-12
68
68
65
201
T12
Adrien Saddier
-11
67
69
66
202
T12
Matthias Schwab
-11
67
67
68
202
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
-11
67
66
69
202
T12
Dale Whitnell
-11
68
68
66
202
T16
James Morrison
-10
68
69
66
203
T16
Thorbjørn Olesen
-10
69
69
65
203
T16
Jason Scrivener
-10
70
66
67
203
T16
Andy Sullivan
-10
65
69
69
203
T16
Johannes Veerman
-10
64
69
70
203
T21
Sebastian Heisele
-9
68
68
68
204
T21
Matthew Jordan
-9
69
67
68
204
T21
Maximilian Kieffer
-9
69
67
68
204
T21
Mikko Korhonen
-9
68
70
66
204
T21
Clement Sordet
-9
66
68
70
204
T21
Joël Stalter
-9
65
71
68
204
T27
Aaron Cockerill
-8
69
66
70
205
T27
David Horsey
-8
66
69
70
205
T27
Mitch Waite
-8
64
70
71
205
T30
Wil Besseling
-7
67
67
72
206
T30
Louis De Jager
-7
68
68
70
206
T30
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-7
69
68
69
206
T30
Gregory Havret
-7
69
69
68
206
T30
Romain Langasque
-7
70
69
67
206
T30
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-7
69
67
70
206
T30
Scott Vincent
-7
68
68
70
206
T30
Paul Waring
-7
68
69
69
206
T38
Alexander Björk
-6
69
69
69
207
T38
Alejandro Cañizares
-6
70
66
71
207
T38
Yikeun Chang
-6
73
65
69
207
T38
Dave Coupland
-6
69
68
70
207
T38
Lorenzo Gagli
-6
66
69
72
207
T38
Matthieu Pavon
-6
71
68
68
207
T38
Antoine Rozner
-6
71
66
70
207
T45
Jorge Campillo
-5
69
68
71
208
T45
Pedro Figueiredo
-5
66
72
70
208
T45
Benjamin Hebert
-5
69
64
75
208
T45
Calum Hill
-5
69
69
70
208
T45
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
69
70
69
208
T45
Cormac Sharvin
-5
69
67
72
208
T45
Matthew Southgate
-5
68
69
71
208
T45
Julian Suri
-5
70
65
73
208
T53
Maverick Antcliff
-4
69
69
71
209
T53
Grant Forrest
-4
69
69
71
209
T53
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
69
67
73
209
T53
Joost Luiten
-4
70
68
71
209
T53
Richard McEvoy
-4
66
66
77
209
T53
Ricardo Santos
-4
69
69
71
209
T53
Joel Sjoholm
-4
69
69
71
209
T53
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
69
69
71
209
T61
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-3
66
70
74
210
T61
Joakim Lagergren
-3
72
67
71
210
T63
Laurie Canter
-2
67
72
72
211
T63
Haydn Porteous
-2
69
68
74
211
T63
Alvaro Quiros
-2
68
70
73
211
T63
Ashun Wu
-2
68
71
72
211
67
Nicolas Colsaerts
-1
69
70
73
212
68
Carlos Pigem
E
69
70
74
213
69
Wilco Nienaber
1
68
67
79
214
CUT
Richard Bland
-2
70
70
 
140
CUT
Steven Brown
-2
69
71
 
140
CUT
Bryce Easton
-2
71
69
 
140
CUT
Will Enefer
-2
66
74
 
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
-2
66
74
 
140
CUT
Jack Harrison
-2
68
72
 
140
CUT
Sam Horsfield
-2
72
68
 
140
CUT
Niklas Lemke
-2
73
67
 
140
CUT
Alexander Levy
-2
68
72
 
140
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-2
75
65
 
140
CUT
Damien Perrier
-2
68
72
 
140
CUT
Ben Stow
-2
70
70
 
140
CUT
Oliver Wilson
-2
67
73
 
140
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
69
72
 
141
CUT
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-1
71
70
 
141
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
71
70
 
141
CUT
Toby Tree
-1
72
69
 
141
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
E
70
72
 
142
CUT
Garrick Porteous
E
70
72
 
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
E
73
69
 
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
E
72
70
 
142
CUT
Robin Roussel
E
69
73
 
142
CUT
Michael Campbell
1
70
73
 
143
CUT
Sean Crocker
1
75
68
 
143
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
1
69
74
 
143
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
1
75
68
 
143
CUT
David Howell
1
71
72
 
143
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
1
70
73
 
143
CUT
Ross Fisher
2
74
70
 
144
CUT
Jack Senior
2
67
77
 
144
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
3
78
67
 
145
CUT
Connor Syme
3
73
72
 
145
CUT
Lars van Meijel
3
76
69
 
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
4
73
73
 
146
CUT
Haotong Li
6
75
73
 
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
6
71
77
 
148