Celtic Classic R3

Connor Syme sets pace following late collapse by Thomas Pieters

August 13-16
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Celtic Classic 2020 R3 - Connor Syme sets pace following late collapse by Thomas Pieters
Connor Syme on the 13th. (David Davies/PA Wire)


Scotland’s Connor Syme will take a slender lead into the final round of the Celtic Classic following a late collapse by former Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters.


Syme carded eight birdies in a flawless third round of 63 at Celtic Manor to finish 15 under par, a shot ahead of England’s Sam Horsfield, who won his maiden European Tour title a fortnight ago.

Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg is two shots off the lead on 13 under, with Pieters a further two strokes back in his first event for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the birth of his first child in July.



Pieters, who won a record four points on his Ryder Cup debut in 2016, held a three-shot lead after two eagles in the space of three holes around the turn, but ran up a triple-bogey on the 15th after topping his tee shot into heavy rough.

With the ball in an unplayable lie, Pieters was forced to go back to the tee on the short par four and pulled his third shot into a water hazard, eventually signing for a seven and then dropping another shot on the next.


Syme, who regained his European Tour card via the Challenge Tour last year, is seeking a first victory on the main circuit and has dropped just one shot – on the seventh hole on day one – so far this week.

“I played lovely to be honest,” the 25-year-old told Sky Sports. “It was obviously very nice conditions and I got off to a decent start.

“I hadn’t played the front nine quite as well as I’d liked so I managed to get three under through nine which was great, and holed the putts that I had opportunities on. It was a nice base to build on and just played really nice throughout.

“I played well in Austria the first event back and was a bit slow after that to start the UK swing, but finding a bit of form certainly with a made cut in the Hero Open and then gradually a little better last week. I’ve found something in my swing and just rolling with that really.



“I just really played in my own little zone, me and my caddie Lyle were just playing away and felt really comfortable.

“It’s a new experience for me. I’ve had a second place before (in the 2018 Shot Clock Masters) but this is the first time with a chance to win so I’m just going to take it as it comes. I’m excited, it’s a great opportunity and that’s all you can really hope for at the start of the week.”

Horsfield started his third round with eight straight pars, but was rewarded for his patience with birdies on the ninth, 14th and 16th in a bogey-free 68.

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“I actually stayed really calm out there,” the 23-year-old said. “I felt like I was actually playing really well, I hit a lot of greens and I was just waiting for my putter to get hot.

“I made a few nice putts, didn’t take advantage of the easy holes on the back nine, but I’m happy with the position I’m in.

“The round I played today would have been very unusual for me in my first year I came out here. I just stuck with it today, stayed patient and when I first came out I was more aggressive and more fiery almost.

“I never got anxious or felt like I needed to get something going. I just sort of let everything happen and that’s one thing that Terry (Mundy, Horsfield’s manager) and I have been talking about a lot; just let things happen, don’t force them, don’t do stupid stuff.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Connor Syme
-15
68
67
63
198
2
Sam Horsfield
-14
67
64
68
199
3
Sebastian Soderberg
-13
66
69
65
200
T4
Thomas Detry
-12
67
66
68
201
T4
Andrew Johnston
-12
67
66
68
201
T4
Adrian Meronk
-12
66
71
64
201
T7
Callum Shinkwin
-11
68
65
69
202
T7
Thomas Pieters
-11
64
68
70
132
T9
Wil Besseling
-10
67
69
67
203
T9
Jake McLeod
-10
65
69
69
203
T9
Jason Scrivener
-10
69
69
65
203
T9
Cormac Sharvin
-10
71
67
65
203
T9
Marc Warren
-10
66
72
65
203
T14
Rhys Enoch
-9
69
66
69
204
T14
David Horsey
-9
68
71
65
204
T14
Sihwan Kim
-9
66
70
68
204
T14
Matthew Southgate
-9
67
70
67
204
T14
Scott Vincent
-9
69
69
66
204
T14
Sami Välimäki
-9
71
68
65
204
T20
John Catlin
-8
68
68
69
205
T20
Maximilian Kieffer
-8
69
70
66
205
T20
James Morrison
-8
67
70
68
205
T20
Adrian Otaegui
-8
69
67
69
205
T20
Jack Senior
-8
69
70
66
205
T25
Adri Arnaus
-7
73
68
65
206
T25
Jonathan Caldwell
-7
68
66
72
206
T25
Aaron Cockerill
-7
70
69
67
206
T25
Lorenzo Gagli
-7
67
70
69
206
T29
Alexander Björk
-6
71
70
66
207
T29
Steven Brown
-6
67
72
68
207
T29
Sean Crocker
-6
68
66
73
207
T29
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-6
66
69
72
207
T29
Aaron Rai
-6
67
70
70
207
T29
Joel Sjoholm
-6
68
70
69
207
T29
Jordan Smith
-6
68
68
71
207
T29
Andy Sullivan
-6
70
71
66
207
T37
Louis De Jager
-5
71
68
69
208
T37
Ross Fisher
-5
72
68
68
208
T37
Ryan Fox
-5
69
71
68
208
T37
Justin Harding
-5
69
71
68
208
T37
Sebastian Heisele
-5
69
70
69
208
T37
Scott Hend
-5
75
65
68
208
T37
Calum Hill
-5
70
68
70
208
T37
Matthew Jordan
-5
68
66
74
208
T37
Søren Kjeldsen
-5
70
70
68
208
T37
Jacques Kruyswijk
-5
70
71
67
208
T37
Francesco Laporta
-5
69
69
70
208
T37
Oscar Lengden
-5
69
69
70
208
T37
Guido Migliozzi
-5
66
70
72
208
T37
Edoardo Molinari
-5
66
72
70
208
T37
Wilco Nienaber
-5
70
67
71
208
T37
Justin Walters
-5
70
69
69
208
T37
Dale Whitnell
-5
72
67
69
208
T54
Maverick Antcliff
-4
68
71
70
209
T54
Ashley Chesters
-4
72
68
69
209
T54
Oliver Farr
-4
73
67
69
209
T54
Gavin Kyle Green
-4
70
69
70
209
T54
Martin Simonsen
-4
68
71
70
209
T54
Toby Tree
-4
65
75
69
209
T60
Dean Burmester
-3
71
68
71
210
T60
Nicolas Colsaerts
-3
67
73
70
210
T60
Jamie Donaldson
-3
70
70
70
210
T60
Rikard Karlberg
-3
73
68
69
210
T60
Thorbjørn Olesen
-3
71
70
69
210
T60
Damien Perrier
-3
70
69
71
210
T66
Pablo Larrazabal
-2
70
71
70
211
T66
Ross McGowan
-2
70
70
71
211
T66
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
71
70
70
211
T66
Min Woo Lee
-2
69
71
71
211
70
Grant Forrest
-1
72
68
72
212
T71
Ben Stow
E
68
72
73
213
T71
Julian Suri
E
72
69
72
213
73
Nino Bertasio
1
71
69
74
214
74
Carlos Pigem
2
70
71
74
215
75
Bernd Ritthammer
4
71
70
76
217
CUT
Michael Campbell
E
71
71
142
CUT
Dave Coupland
E
67
75
142
CUT
Jens Fahrbring
E
70
72
142
CUT
Joost Luiten
E
72
70
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
E
69
73
142
CUT
Lee Slattery
E
71
71
142
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
1
72
71
143
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
1
71
72
143
CUT
Chris Paisley
1
72
71
143
CUT
Renato Paratore
1
74
69
143
CUT
Robin Roussel
1
70
73
143
CUT
Antoine Rozner
1
72
71
143
CUT
Clement Sordet
1
72
71
143
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
2
69
75
144
CUT
Bryce Easton
2
70
74
144
CUT
Oliver Fisher
2
70
74
144
CUT
Anton Karlsson
2
69
75
144
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
2
70
74
144
CUT
Jbe Kruger
2
70
74
144
CUT
Garrick Porteous
2
75
69
144
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
2
71
73
144
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
2
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Stone
2
71
73
144
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
2
70
74
144
CUT
Stephen Dodd
3
75
70
145
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
3
70
75
145
CUT
Niklas Lemke
3
74
71
145
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
3
74
71
145
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
78
68
146
CUT
Scott Jamieson
4
71
75
146
CUT
Liam Johnston
4
77
69
146
CUT
Zander Lombard
4
69
77
146
CUT
Benjamin Poke
4
74
72
146
CUT
JC Ritchie
4
75
71
146
CUT
Oliver Wilson
4
77
69
146
CUT
Marcus Armitage
5
75
72
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
5
72
75
147
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
5
78
69
147
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
5
70
77
147
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
5
70
77
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
6
73
75
148
CUT
Richard Bland
6
75
73
148
CUT
Laurie Canter
6
74
74
148
CUT
Ben Evans
6
76
72
148
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
6
73
75
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
6
73
75
148
CUT
Paul McGinley
7
75
74
149
CUT
Johannes Veerman
7
72
77
149
CUT
Steven Tiley
8
75
75
150
CUT
Darius van Driel
8
75
75
150
CUT
David Howell
9
80
71
151
CUT
Marcel Schneider
9
72
79
151
CUT
Lars van Meijel
9
75
76
151
CUT
Andrew Palmer
10
75
77
152
CUT
Andrea Pavan
19
79
82
161
CUT
Zach Murray
24
79
87
166
WD
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
6
75
53
128