Challenge de España - R3

Garcia Rodriguez eyes home victory in Spain

May 0-05
Izki Golf, Urturi, Alava Province, Spain
€200,000
Round 4


Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Challenge de España as he goes in search of his maiden European Challenge Tour victory.

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The Spaniard carded a round of 68, four under par, to break away from fellow overnight leaders Marcus Armitage, Rasmus Højgaard and Martin Simonsen, topping the leaderboard on ten under par total, as looks to become the fourth homegrown winner of the event as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Garcia Rodriguez’s best finish on the Challenge Tour was tied fourth at the 2015 Swiss Challenge, however, following his third consecutive round under par, he is in pole position to clinch his inaugural Challenge Tour title on home soil.

The 30-year-old made a quick start to his third round with a birdie on the first hole before bouncing back from a dropped shot on the second with a gain on the third. Like the weather, Garcia Rodriguez’s putter remained hot as he made two more birdies to extend his lead ahead of the turn.

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With playing partners Armitage and Simonsen struggling, the Spaniard holed his fifth birdie of the day on the tenth before carding eight consecutive pars to end round three in pole position at Izki Golf.

“It was perfect,” he said. “My game was very solid, and I only had one bogey. The bogey was a three-putt, but I made a great birdie to bounce back from it, plus a few more, then made lots of pars.

“To win would be special. There are so many good players here this week and there are two good players at eight under behind me, so I’ll take it hole by hole and see what happens tomorrow.


“This course is so difficult, so it is very important to hit a good tee shot with my driver, which makes my second shot easier. The key to playing well here is putting and driving, because there is so much rough.

“The key for tomorrow is the same feeling; good drives, good second shots and good putting.”

Simonsen carded a two under par round of 70, including an eagle on the par five eighth to lie two strokes behind and remain in the hunt for his first Challenge Tour title. Joining the Dane in a share of second place is England’s Ben Stow, who signed for a round of 68, four under par, which included a birdie on the last.

Sweden’s Simon Forsström, Højgaard of Denmark, and Frenchman Antoine Rozner are a further shot back on seven under par. While Lukas Nemecz shot the low round of the week with a six under par round of 66 to be one of five players four strokes off the leader.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-10
68
70
68
206
2
SIMONSEN, Martin
-8
69
69
70
208
STOW, Ben
-8
68
72
68
208
4
ROZNER, Antoine
-7
69
73
67
209
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-7
70
70
69
209
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-7
71
67
71
209
7
NEMECZ, Lukas
-6
74
70
66
210
SJÖHOLM, Joel
-6
70
69
71
210
AHOKAS, Antti
-6
70
71
69
210
DEAN, Joseph
-6
71
71
68
210
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-6
69
71
70
210
12
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-5
70
70
71
211
CHO, Rak hyun
-5
71
69
71
211
JORDAN, Matthew
-5
70
71
70
211
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-5
75
68
68
211
SYME, Connor
-5
71
69
71
211
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
68
74
69
211
18
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-4
70
68
74
212
KOLBING, Jonas
-4
69
72
71
212
HOWIE, Craig
-4
71
73
68
212
MRUZEK, Filip
-4
69
70
73
212
HILL, Calum
-4
72
69
71
212
STEWART, Duncan
-4
72
71
69
212
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-4
69
74
69
212
ROUSSEL, Robin
-4
72
70
70
212
26
WIEGELE, Martin
-3
67
73
73
213
BLAND, Richard
-3
71
73
69
213
BERARDO, Clément
-3
72
72
69
213
MIVIS, Christopher
-3
71
70
72
213
CANTER, Laurie
-3
73
70
70
213
STUREHED, Henric
-3
70
71
72
213
32
MERONK, Adrian
-2
71
69
74
214
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-2
71
72
71
214
KNAPPE, Alexander
-2
72
70
72
214
BALDWIN, Matthew
-2
69
74
71
214
SENIOR, Jack
-2
71
73
70
214
DI NITTO, Enrico
-2
68
73
73
214
GARCIA-HEREDIA, Alfredo
-2
72
71
71
214
RUSCH, Benjamin
-2
70
71
73
214
TILEY, Steven
-2
70
72
72
214
LINARD, Thomas
-2
69
74
71
214
42
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-1
69
75
71
215
TREE, Toby
-1
71
73
71
215
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
-1
70
71
74
215
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-1
71
70
74
215
CONNELLY, Austin
-1
72
70
73
215
HOEY, Michael
-1
67
76
72
215
48
HENRY, Scott
Par
71
73
72
216
LINDELL, Oliver
Par
72
72
72
216
MURRAY, Tom
Par
71
73
72
216
ROBINSON, Liam
Par
76
68
72
216
EVANS, Ryan
Par
72
71
73
216
ROSS, Craig
Par
69
74
73
216
THOMSON, Jonathan
Par
76
67
73
216
BORDA, David
Par
72
71
73
216
PERRIER, Damien
Par
69
73
74
216
57
BESSELING, Wil
1
71
73
73
217
58
KAKKO, Roope
2
70
72
76
218
NILEHN, Fredrik
2
71
71
76
218
WEBER, Lionel
2
71
73
74
218
61
BOURDY, Grégory
3
71
72
76
219
ERKENBECK, James
3
73
70
76
219
McGOWAN, Ross
3
75
69
75
219
64
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
4
72
71
77
220
HANSON, Chris
4
71
71
78
220
66
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
7
70
74
79
223
67
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
73
72
145
VAN DRIEL, Darius
1
71
74
145
POKE, Benjamin
1
72
73
145
AGUILAR, Felipe
1
72
73
145
HIDALGO, Angel
1
75
70
145
KOEPKA, Chase
1
74
71
145
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
1
70
75
145
VIRTO, Borja
1
72
73
145
HAVRET, Grégory
1
74
71
145
SHARVIN, Cormac
1
73
72
145
DAWSON, Robin
1
75
70
145
MCCARTHY, Nick
1
75
70
145
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
1
71
74
145
YOUNG, Mark
1
71
74
145
81
FORD, Matt
2
71
75
146
KOFSTAD, Espen
2
72
74
146
SANTOS, Ricardo
2
70
76
146
GLOET, Christian
2
76
70
146
NEIL, Bradley
2
73
73
146
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
2
73
73
146
MANASSERO, Matteo
2
73
73
146
BOYD, Gary
2
74
72
146
ECCLES, Ben
2
70
76
146
BRAEUNIG, Christian
2
76
70
146
LAFEBER, Maarten
2
71
75
146
92
SCALISE, Lorenzo
3
74
73
147
ORIOL, Pedro
3
75
72
147
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
3
73
74
147
WEJSHAG, Anton
3
72
75
147
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
3
72
75
147
CEA, Michele
3
71
76
147
BOOTE, David
3
76
71
147
99
COCKERILL, Aaron
4
73
75
148
COOKE, David
4
73
75
148
CAFOUREK, Jan
4
69
79
148
JOANNES, Hugues
4
73
75
148
LAPORTA, Francesco
4
74
74
148
DEL VAL, Samuel
4
69
79
148
GREGORY, Scott
4
72
76
148
JENSEN, Lasse
4
71
77
148
JOHN, Allen
4
74
74
148
ANGLES, Pep
4
71
77
148
GIRRBACH, Joel
4
73
75
148
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
4
75
73
148
LEITMANNSTETTER, Aaron
4
72
76
148
112
GROS, Sébastien
5
77
72
149
KIM, Minkyu
5
72
77
149
GLENNEMO, Jacob
5
75
74
149
LLOYD, Chris
5
73
76
149
ORRIN, Max
5
74
75
149
LENGDEN, Oscar
5
71
78
149
GALLIANO, Luca
5
73
76
149
119
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
6
70
80
150
TINNING, Nicolai
6
75
75
150
JONASSON, Erik
6
72
78
150
EASTON, Bryce
6
76
74
150
GRADECKI, Mateusz
6
74
76
150
ITEN, Marco
6
72
78
150
OVESEN, Martin
6
73
77
150
LANGFORS, Per
6
76
74
150
COUSSAUD, Ugo
6
77
73
150
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
6
78
72
150
129
HESBOIS, Kevin
7
73
78
151
DEL MORAL, Carlos
7
74
77
151
GEARY, Josh
7
74
77
151
PASTOR (AM), Victor
7
72
79
151
MCBRIDE, Paul
7
75
76
151
ELVIRA, Manuel
7
77
74
151
135
VALASEK, Peter
8
77
75
152
HUIZING, Daan
8
75
77
152
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
8
76
76
152
138
PEACOCK, Daniel
9
78
75
153
GILLBERG, Oliver
9
79
74
153
PIGEM, Carlos
9
74
79
153
LUNA, Santiago
9
78
75
153
142
CANTERO GUTIERREZ, Ivan
10
78
76
154
YAMAC (AM), Taner
10
76
78
154
144
PETROZZI, Gian-Marco
11
76
79
155
RAOUZI (AM), Othman
11
77
78
155
VACARISAS, Lucas
11
81
74
155
147
TRAPPEL, Manuel
12
81
75
156
SEGUROLA, Jose Pablo
12
78
78
156
149
DAYDOU, Alexandre
13
76
81
157
150
HORTAL, Antonio
16
76
84
160
W/D
QUESNE, Julien
8
80
W/D
MEJOW, Philipp
2
74
W/D
PASTOR, Jacobo
9
81
DISQ
MURRAY, Michael
15
79
8
RETD
SARACINO, Andrea
7
7
W/D
SAINZ, Javier
5
77