Cazoo Open R3

Nacho Elvira takes 6-shot lead into Sunday

Cazoo Open 2021 R3
July 22-25
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Cazoo Open 2021 R3 - Nacho Elvira takes 6-shot lead into Sunday
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Nacho Elvira started the day two shots ahead and started with a bogey at the par-4 1st immediately corrected by a birdie at the 2nd, followed by five more birdies to close with a 66 and increase his lead to six shots at the Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale. His 16-under total is the biggest 54 hole of the season.


Cazoo Open 2021 R3

The four-time European Challenge Tour winner’s form hasn’t been the best recently, he made just two cuts in his last eleven starts, but he could become the third wire-to-wire winner this season on Sunday following Bernd Wiesberger and Lucas Herbert.

“It’s a good feeling. But to be honest, I don’t care at the moment. I struggled a bit the last year, year and a half, not with form but it’s golf – mentally, a little bit physically, battling with an injury. I’m happy playing golf again and being in the moment.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R3

“To be in contention is a gift. It shows that the work I’ve been doing is paying off. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow but I’m happy with the way I am to be honest.

“I’m trying not to think about it. I’m going to play as if I was tied for the lead or a couple behind. I want to play the same way I’ve played these last few days. Play smart, go at pins when we can if I have the number or play safe because there are some tucked pins. The most important thing, I’m going to try and enjoy myself.”


Cazoo Open 2021 R3

“It rained a lot last night, the last couple of rounds I had the pace (on the greens) pretty well. My lines matched my speed, the first putt I hit today was right on the forehead. They were slower than I thought they’ d be, but I managed well. I struggled with the speed on long putts, but I did pretty well.

“I’m going to try and play my best, if that brings me to the top of the leaderboard then great, if not, it’s a learning process.”

Callum Shinkwin (63) shot the lowest round of the week to tie for second alongside Mikko Korhonen (67), Justin Harding (66) and Chase Hanna (67).

“It was pretty chill to be fair,” said Shinkwin. “All three of us were cruising around and it just happened. I was three under out and on the back nine I started holing a couple of putts and that’s where the score came from.

“I played within myself today and played how Callum Shinkwin plays golf. It was nice. I didn’t think about anything, I saw my name on the leaderboard and thought ‘that’s great’ but I just kept doing what I’m doing. I was hitting the ball well today. My iron play clicked today, which helps. At the end of the round I holed a couple of nice putts.


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Cazoo Open 2021 R3

“Where has it come from? I don’t know. I’ve been doing the right things, but nothing has been clicking for me. Today I was hitting the right numbers, the right shots and hitting it out the middle – which helps.

“Anyone out here can win, there’s so many people who can win. It’s tough. Winning is hard on the European Tour. There’s too many good players out there who can shoot good numbers on last days and come through. I was lucky enough to do that last year. You just have to wait for your time to come, you never know when it’s going to happen.”

Sam Horsfield, the 2020 Celtic Classic champion, signed for a 65 to take solo sixth place at 9-under.

“It was good. I haven’t been getting off to the greatest of starts over the last few days. Today was better. I was level through six and made a nice birdie on seven. I got things going but didn’t play the par fives too well, but I’m happy with six under. I just realised I had four birdies on the last five. I got hot at the end, made a few nice putts and have an outside look at tomorrow. I’m right there.

“I have great memories of this golf course, winning here last year. I really like this place. It’s a big property with a lot of land and a lot of space, they have done an unreal job of designing the golf course. You can tell it was designed for the Ryder Cup with the banks on the sides of the hills. It’s a really cool place and I have a love for it.”

Cazoo Open 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-16
64
67
66
197
T2
Chase Hanna
-10
67
69
67
203
T2
Justin Harding
-10
68
69
66
203
T2
Mikko Korhonen
-10
66
70
67
203
T2
Callum Shinkwin
-10
68
72
63
203
6
Sam Horsfield
-9
67
72
65
204
T7
Masahiro Kawamura
-8
71
63
71
205
T7
Matt Wallace
-8
67
68
70
205
9
Jacques Kruyswijk
-7
68
68
70
206
T10
Wil Besseling
-6
70
71
66
207
T10
Alejandro Cañizares
-6
71
69
67
207
T10
Nicolas Colsaerts
-6
67
73
67
207
T10
Bryce Easton
-6
68
75
64
207
T10
Oliver Farr
-6
73
69
65
207
T10
Calum Hill
-6
69
70
68
207
T10
Nicolai Højgaard
-6
71
70
66
207
T10
Jordan Wrisdale
-6
67
73
67
207
T18
David Drysdale
-5
68
71
69
208
T18
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-5
67
75
66
208
T18
Sihwan Kim
-5
69
70
69
208
T18
Søren Kjeldsen
-5
69
71
68
208
T18
Richard McEvoy
-5
74
68
66
208
T18
James Morrison
-5
66
76
66
208
T18
Ricardo Santos
-5
71
72
65
208
T25
John Catlin
-4
68
73
68
209
T25
Hugo León
-4
72
69
68
209
T25
Wade Ormsby
-4
67
72
70
209
T28
Oliver Fisher
-3
73
69
68
210
T28
Niall Kearney
-3
71
72
67
210
T28
Vincent Norrman
-3
64
69
77
210
T28
Connor Syme
-3
72
70
68
210
T32
Laurie Canter
-2
76
68
67
211
T32
Ashley Chesters
-2
73
69
69
211
T32
Richard Mansell
-2
68
73
70
211
T35
Steven Brown
-1
69
74
69
212
T35
Alex Fitzpatrick (a)
-1
70
74
68
212
T35
Brad Kennedy
-1
70
69
73
212
T35
David Law
-1
70
73
69
212
T35
Deyen Lawson
-1
72
70
70
212
T35
Benjamin Poke
-1
72
69
71
212
T35
Richie Ramsay
-1
70
73
69
212
T35
Lee Slattery
-1
70
71
71
212
T35
Clement Sordet
-1
73
71
68
212
T35
Marc Warren
-1
73
70
69
212
T35
Romain Wattel
-1
71
68
73
212
T46
Maverick Antcliff
E
69
74
70
213
T46
Kristoffer Broberg
E
71
70
72
213
T46
Bradley Dredge
E
72
71
70
213
T46
Julien Guerrier
E
72
71
70
213
T46
Bryden Macpherson
E
67
76
70
213
T46
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
69
73
71
213
T46
Matthias Schmid
E
73
70
70
213
T46
Jordan Smith
E
69
72
72
213
T54
Archie Davies (a)
+1
69
75
70
214
T54
David Dixon
+1
74
70
70
214
T54
Alexander Levy
+1
72
72
70
214
T57
Ben Evans
+2
70
72
73
215
T57
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+2
73
70
72
215
T57
Aaron Rai
+2
68
73
74
215
T57
Toby Tree
+2
70
71
74
215
T61
Pedro Figueiredo
+3
73
69
74
216
T61
Scott Hend
+3
71
72
73
216
T61
Chris Wood
+3
71
72
73
216
T64
David Howell
+4
72
72
73
217
T64
Robert Rock
+4
67
77
73
217
66
Shubhankar Sharma
+5
70
71
77
218
67
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
+9
74
70
78
222
CUT
Dave Coupland
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Josh Geary
+3
71
74
145
CUT
Berry Henson
+3
71
74
145
CUT
David Horsey
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
+3
68
77
145
CUT
Niklas Lemke
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
+3
71
74
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Elvis Smylie
+3
74
71
145
CUT
Julian Suri
+3
76
69
145
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Jack Davidson
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Matt Ford
+4
76
70
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicholas Poppleton
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Rhys Enoch
+5
77
70
147
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Ross McGowan
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
+5
73
74
147
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Adrien Saddier
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
+5
74
73
147
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Aron Zemmer
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Matthew Jordan
+6
78
70
148
CUT
Chan Kim
+6
73
75
148
CUT
John Murphy (a)
+6
75
73
148
CUT
Paul Peterson
+6
72
76
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Jack Senior
+6
73
75
148
CUT
James Sugrue (a)
+6
73
75
148
CUT
Sean Towndrow
+6
78
70
148
CUT
Ross Fisher
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Tom Gandy
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Janne Kaske
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Carlos Pigem
+7
78
71
149
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Dale Whitnell
+7
72
77
149
CUT
Daniel van Tonder
+7
74
75
149
CUT
Nino Bertasio
+8
75
75
150
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
+8
74
76
150
CUT
Grégory Bourdy
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Paul Dunne
+8
73
77
150
CUT
Damien Perrier
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Graeme Storm
+8
73
77
150
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
+8
79
71
150
CUT
Eric Bae (a)
+9
78
73
151
CUT
Haydn Porteous
+9
73
78
151
CUT
Lars van Meijel
+9
74
77
151
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
+10
72
80
152
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
+10
68
84
152
CUT
Marcel Schneider
+10
78
74
152
CUT
Justin Walters
+11
74
79
153
CUT
Gregory Havret
+12
81
73
154
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+13
78
77
155
CUT
Oliver Wilson
+13
79
76
155
CUT
Joe Long (a)
+14
77
79
156
CUT
James Ashfield
+16
75
83
158
CUT
Haotong Li
+17
84
75
159
CUT
Tim Dykes
+18
83
77
160
CUT
Matt Roberts
+21
82
81
163