Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown R3

Showdown set for thrilling finale

November 05-08
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
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Cyprus Showdown 2020 R3 - Showdown set for thrilling finale
Johannes Veerman (Getty Images)


Another day of high drama at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown ended with 19 players progressing to the final-day shoot-out in Cyprus, where Johannes Veerman and Matthew Jordan signed for the lowest rounds of the day while Gavin Green was among those players to produce an eleventh-hour salvo to make it through to Sunday.


The tee was moved forward on the par five 18th hole for round three in Paphos, making for numerous nail-biting moments as players chased the third round cut in the unique format – with the scores reset after the opening two rounds and again after the third.

American Veerman and Englishman Jordan will enter the crucial finale brimming with confidence after the duo signed for seven under rounds of 64, Veerman’s flawless round finishing with an eagle three and Jordan’s score coming despite a bogey six on the third hole.



“I played really well today,” said Veerman. “Again, bogey free. Not that many bad shots, I made a lot of putts and my short game was consistent. I played really solidly.

“This format is great. You can make it to the final day, which is what our goal was, then you have a chance to win. That was the first step, making it to the top 32 – which we did – then the next one was making the top 16 – which we did. Now it’s just a race to the finish, it’s exciting.” 


Green produced a moment of magic down the last to ensure his pathway was secured – the Malaysian’s drive found the left rough but a stunning approach left him with a simple two-putt to make the cut on the line, having birdied four of the final three holes.

“It feels amazing. The front nine I just couldn’t get anything going. Then the back nine, I birdied ten, drove the green on 14 and finally got something going. Then I birdied the next, then unfortunately I had a terrible three-putt on 16. Had a great shot on 17, and another great shot on 18 but I had to do it, it was do or die pretty much. I just went at it.

“I was just thinking birdie-eagle finish. When I pulled the driver on 18 I was thinking, ‘oh man’, just hoping for a lie and that I could get something on the green and try make a putt. I walked down 18 and saw the leaderboard at three under and thought there’s a chance so make a birdie to have some sort of chance.



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Englishman Steven Brown and Jorge Campillo also made it through thanks to dramatic last-ditch efforts, Brown birdieing the final two holes to make it by one while Campillo had a long wait before making it on the cut-line – after the Spaniard lipped out for eagle at the last before tapping in for a crucial birdie.

“I think normally on a Saturday you know that even if you have a slowish day, just to keep going because you’ve always got Sunday to make a charge as well,” said Brown. “Whereas today it’s very cut-throat, you’re either in or you’re not. There’s nothing in between, you’re either still in it or you’re gone.

“It’s slightly different and I just tried to stay patient really, because I was playing pretty well and knew there were chances coming in like 18 – I think 18 is going to be key for who makes it and who doesn’t because you can easily make a three down there.”

As the low scorers on the third day, Veerman and Jordan will tee off in the first group of Sunday’s final round alongside Germany’s Bernd Ritthammer at 09:50.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Matthew Jordan
-7
68
68
64
200
T1
Johannes Veerman
-7
67
64
64
195
T3
Jamie Donaldson
-6
66
64
65
195
T3
Bernd Ritthammer
-6
70
65
65
200
T5
Marcus Armitage
-5
68
68
66
202
T5
Louis De Jager
-5
68
65
66
199
T5
Masahiro Kawamura
-5
67
67
66
200
T5
Niklas Lemke
-5
70
66
66
202
T5
Alexander Levy
-5
67
66
66
199
T5
James Morrison
-5
68
63
66
197
T5
Callum Shinkwin
-5
68
65
66
199
T12
Steven Brown
-4
68
64
67
199
T12
Jonathan Caldwell
-4
72
64
67
203
T12
Robert MacIntyre
-4
65
68
67
200
T12
Sami Valimaki
-4
66
66
67
199
T16
Richard Bland
-3
69
67
68
204
T16
Jorge Campillo
-3
69
62
68
199
T16
Thomas Detry
-3
66
66
68
200
T16
Gavin Kyle Green
-3
70
66
68
204
T20
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-2
68
65
69
202
T20
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-2
67
69
69
205
T20
Marcus Kinhult
-2
68
68
69
205
T20
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
67
66
69
202
T24
David Horsey
-1
67
65
70
202
T24
Romain Langasque
-1
66
66
70
202
T24
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
68
68
70
206
T24
Joost Luiten
-1
67
65
70
202
T24
Antoine Rozner
-1
69
65
70
204
T24
Joel Stalter
-1
71
65
70
206
T24
Ashun Wu
-1
66
69
70
205
T31
Alexander Björk
E
68
66
71
205
T31
Joel Sjoholm
E
68
68
71
207
CUT
Ross Fisher
-5
70
67
137
CUT
Jack Floydd
-5
70
67
137
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
-5
70
67
137
CUT
Daan Huizing
-5
68
69
137
CUT
Ross McGowan
-5
69
68
137
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
-5
70
67
137
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
-5
70
67
137
CUT
Kalle Samooja
-5
68
69
137
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
-4
70
68
138
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
-4
72
66
138
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
-4
71
67
138
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
-4
66
72
138
CUT
Haotong Li
-4
71
67
138
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
-4
69
69
138
CUT
Connor Syme
-4
70
68
138
CUT
Scott Vincent
-4
70
68
138
CUT
David Drysdale
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Oliver Farr
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Calum Hill
-3
71
68
139
CUT
David Howell
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Rasmus Højgaard
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-3
66
73
139
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Chris Paisley
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Richie Ramsay
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Jack Senior
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Matthew Southgate
-3
71
68
139
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
-2
73
67
140
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Francesco Laporta
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Zander Lombard
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Matthias Schwab
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Jordan Smith
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Clement Sordet
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Ben Stow
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Julian Suri
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Mitch Waite
-2
75
65
140
CUT
Lars van Meijel
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Richard McEvoy
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Robin Roussel
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
E
69
73
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
E
71
71
142
CUT
Gregory Havret
E
72
70
142
CUT
Garrick Porteous
E
70
72
142
CUT
Iain Pyman
E
74
68
142
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
E
72
70
142
CUT
Oliver Wilson
E
69
73
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
E
71
71
142
CUT
Yikeun Chang
1
74
69
143
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
1
71
72
143
CUT
Oliver Fisher
1
71
72
143
CUT
Grant Forrest
1
68
75
143
CUT
Haydn Porteous
1
70
73
143
CUT
Dale Whitnell
1
71
72
143
CUT
Jacob Oakley
2
75
69
144
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
2
75
69
144
CUT
Adrien Saddier
2
74
70
144
CUT
Chris Wood
2
77
67
144
CUT
Michael Campbell
3
71
74
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
3
72
73
145
CUT
Paul Waring
3
73
72
145
CUT
Garrick Higgo
5
75
72
147
CUT
Dave Coupland
7
75
74
149
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
8
78
72
150
WD
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
4
75
75
WD
Toby Tree
2
73
73
WD
Jason Scrivener
E
72
19
91
DNS
Sam Horsfield
E