Challenge Tour Grand Final R3

Heisele in contention for Road to Mallorca victory

November 07-10
Club de Golf Alcanada, Port d’Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain
€420,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Sebastian Heisele has a chance to win the Road to Mallorca Rankings after playing his way into a share of the lead on moving day at the Challenge Tour Grand Final.

Challenge Tour Final R3 - Heisele tied for lead
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“I came here knowing that a win could potentially put me first in the Road to Mallorca Rankings. With the way that Francesco has been playing recently that’s going to be a tough one tomorrow.

“With the weather coming in we’ll just take it as it is and manage it as well as we can tomorrow. I’ll try to post a decent round and we’ll see what happens.”

The German began the third round three shots back of overnight leader Francesco Laporta, but carded six birdies against only two bogeys on the difficult Club de Golf Alcanada layout to sign for a four under par 67 and match the Italian on six under par for the tournament.


“I’m looking forward to playing tomorrow,” said Laporta. “I made a few mistakes coming in, but I’m still in contention, so I will do everything I can to win tomorrow.

“The plan is to win the Road to Mallorca, so I will fight and let’s see tomorrow how the weather is, how the course is and how I wake up.”

The duo will take a two-shot advantage into the final day over Jack Senior, Matthew Jordan and Robin Sciot-Siegrist, who share third place on four under par.

“I struggled today to be honest,” said Jordan. “I had a couple of real momentum swingers on 11. From seven to ten, I didn’t play very well but then I hit two good shots into 11, holed a long putt and that got me back to level par and I did okay after that.

“I finished really well – that chip-in on the last was a one in 100 type of thing. It had to hit the flag so it was a really nice finish. It glosses over the fact that it wasn’t as good, so I just need to start correcting myself.

“The chip-in on 17 was more straightforward, it was quite an easy one; I just had to make sure I didn’t do anything stupid there and just get it rolling. Two chip-ins to finish – I haven’t done that before.”


Of that quintet, only Sciot-Siegrist is without the virtual guarantee of graduating to the European Tour. The Frenchman came into the week occupying the 37th position on the Road to Mallorca Rankings, and would need to win the Grand Final to cement his place inside the coveted top 15, or finish no worse than second to have a chance.

“I thought the nerves would jump up a little bit, but I tried to stay really calm. I tried to take all of this as a bonus. I’m fighting, and I know I need a very, very good result this week to make it to the European Tour, but I take it as a bonus so that my nerves go away.

“The weather is going to be very, very bad tomorrow apparently, so it’s just going to be a big fight. I prefer playing in terrible weather over beautiful weather.


“I’m in contention, I’m happy about it, but tomorrow feels like a whole new competition.”

While the battle for the Grand Final title rages on, several players took advantage of the relatively calmer conditions on day three to put themselves in the mix for a European Tour card with only 18 holes remaining of the season.

Leading the charge for last-minute graduation is Ben Stow, who began the week 17th in the Rankings, and currently sits in projected 16 th after carding a three under par 68 in the third round. With strong winds and rain forecast for the final day, the Englishman believes his style of play offers him a great chance at moving further up the leaderboard and into the all-important top 15.

“I started brilliantly, I had four birdies in a row, and I played pretty nice today. The course is pretty punishing so you’ve got to stay patient and it’s really important to stay on the right side of the hole because the greens are getting fast and the wind is fairly breezy.

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“I’ve been playing nicely for the last three weeks. I’ve got a new little swing thought and it’s really working well. I’m hitting a lot of good quality shots and my ball flight control is really good so if it is windy, I’m actually quite glad about that because I hit the ball quite low. I’m looking forward to it to be honest.”

One spot behind Stow in the projected Road to Mallorca Rankings is Rhys Enoch, who is currently on two under par for the tournament and in with a chance of graduating. The Welshman has been steady all week, carding rounds of 69-73-69 and will begin the final day four shots off the pace, but could graduate to the European Tour with a top three finish.

Bryce Easton, who made his World Golf Championships debut last week in Shanghai, came in slightly under the radar on moving day, and is now only three shots back of a top three finish which would likely see the South African earn his European Tour card.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
1
LAPORTA, Francesco
-6
68
69
70
HEISELE, Sebastian
-6
71
69
67
3
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-4
71
68
70
JORDAN, Matthew
-4
70
70
69
SENIOR, Jack
-4
70
73
66
6
ENOCH, Rhys
-2
69
73
69
7
MERONK, Adrian
-1
72
71
69
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-1
73
72
67
FARR, Oliver
-1
72
72
68
EASTON, Bryce
-1
74
70
68
11
HUIZING, Daan
PAR
73
71
69
CANTER, Laurie
PAR
80
65
68
STOW, Ben
PAR
74
71
68
SANTOS, Ricardo
PAR
75
73
65
VAN DRIEL, Darius
PAR
74
72
67
16
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
1
69
69
76
BESSELING, Wil
1
72
71
71
McGOWAN, Ross
1
75
66
73
POKE, Benjamin
1
73
70
71
WHITNELL, Dale
1
70
73
71
LENGDEN, Oscar
1
73
71
70
SYME, Connor
1
73
71
70
23
FENASSE, Mathieu
2
74
70
71
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
2
74
74
67
25
FERGUSON, Ewen
3
71
71
74
26
SJÖHOLM, Joel
4
72
71
74
TILEY, Steven
4
75
68
74
HILL, Calum
4
73
71
73
PIGEM, Carlos
4
75
71
71
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
4
74
71
72
31
SHARVIN, Cormac
5
73
71
74
BLAND, Richard
5
74
72
72
GEARY, Josh
5
74
71
73
ROZNER, Antoine
5
74
72
72
HAVRET, Grégory
5
75
72
71
BALDWIN, Matthew
5
73
73
72
PERRIER, Damien
5
75
72
71
38
LIMA, José-Filipe
6
75
75
69
39
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
7
74
75
71
40
SIMONSEN, Martin
8
70
74
77
41
COUSSAUD, Ugo
9
76
76
70
42
SCALISE, Lorenzo
10
77
72
74
ROUSSEL, Robin
10
76
74
73
44
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
11
78
72
74
45
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
13
77
78
71