Commercial Bank Qatar Masters R3

Drysdale in contention for maiden European Tour win

March 05-08
Education City Golf Club, Doha, Qatar
$1,750,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Scotland’s David Drysdale surged into contention to claim his first European Tour title at the 498th attempt with a brilliant third round in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Commercial Bank Qatar Masters R3 - Drysdale in contention
(Jane Barlow/PA Wire)


Drysdale fired seven birdies in a bogey-free 64 at Education City Golf Club to reach 13 under par and trail Spain’s Jorge Campillo by a single shot.


Denmark’s Jeff Winther is alongside Drysdale following a 65, with fellow Dane Benjamin Poke on 12 under and Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal another stroke adrift.

Drysdale, who has finished runner-up three times during 19 seasons on the European Tour, had missed the cut in his last two starts and has a best finish of 36th from six events in the current campaign.


“It’s not been fantastic lately and it’s been a case of getting the head down, trying to grind out things to try and see some improvement,” the 44-year-old admitted.

“But I had a good couple of days with my coach, Jamie Gough (brother of former Rangers and Scotland defender Richard), on Tuesday and Wednesday and I felt really good on Thursday shooting that four under.


“I played very solid from tee to green. It’s not been quite as good since then and today was good for maybe 12 of the 18 holes. But, overall, it is going in the right direction.”

Campillo also endured a long wait for his maiden title, ending his drought in the Hassan Trophy last year at the 229th time of asking.

The 33-year-old briefly held a three-shot lead when he chipped in on the 10th for his fifth birdie in six holes, but played the remaining eight holes in one over par to return a 67.


“It was tough, especially the last four holes into the wind,” said Campillo, who had missed the cut in three of his last four events and was 67th in a 72-man field in the WGC-Mexico Championship.

“I’m in a good position for tomorrow but still 18 holes to go. I wasn’t playing good so leading after three days with what I’ve been through the last few weeks is nice.


“If I hadn’t won a tournament I would be a little bit more nervous going into tomorrow but since I won one time it’s a bit more familiar. I’ll still be nervous but hopefully I can play as good as today and win.”

England’s Andy Sullivan began the third round in a tie for the lead with Campillo, but double-bogeyed the 18th in a disappointing 72 to fall five shots off the pace.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-14
66
66
67
199
T2
David Drysdale
SCO
-13
67
69
64
200
T2
Jeff Winther
SWE
-13
66
69
65
200
4
Benjamin Poke
DNK
-12
68
67
66
201
T5
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
70
63
69
202
T5
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-11
72
67
63
202
T7
Jack Senior
ENG
-10
69
66
68
203
T7
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-10
70
67
66
203
T9
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-9
66
66
72
204
T9
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-9
67
71
66
204
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-9
67
68
69
204
T9
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-9
67
69
68
204
T9
Thomas Detry
BEL
-9
72
66
66
204
14
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-8
66
70
69
205
T15
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-7
69
70
67
206
T15
Chris Paisley
ENG
-7
69
70
67
206
T15
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
68
65
73
206
T15
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-7
70
67
69
206
T15
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-7
70
71
65
206
T15
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-7
66
70
70
206
T21
George Coetzee
RSA
-6
70
68
69
207
T21
Justin Harding
RSA
-6
70
67
70
207
T21
Lars van Meijel
NED
-6
70
66
71
207
T21
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-6
70
70
67
207
T21
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-6
68
69
70
207
T21
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
69
64
74
207
T21
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-6
68
70
69
207
T28
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
71
69
68
208
T28
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-5
69
69
70
208
T28
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
67
68
73
208
T28
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
69
67
72
208
T28
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-5
69
68
71
208
T28
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
65
68
75
208
T28
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-5
70
69
69
208
T28
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-5
64
71
73
208
T28
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
72
69
67
208
T28
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
68
72
68
208
T28
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-5
72
68
68
208
T39
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
67
70
72
209
T39
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-4
66
71
72
209
T39
James Morrison
ENG
-4
73
68
68
209
T39
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
70
71
68
209
T39
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
69
69
71
209
T39
Oliver Farr
WAL
-4
74
64
71
209
T39
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-4
69
64
76
209
T39
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
71
68
209
T39
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
72
69
68
209
T39
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-4
68
72
69
209
T39
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
72
69
68
209
T39
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
70
69
70
209
T51
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
70
69
71
210
T51
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
72
69
69
210
T51
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
76
65
69
210
T51
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
73
69
210
T51
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-3
72
69
69
210
T51
Yassine Touhami
MOR
-3
68
71
71
210
T57
Brandon Stone
RSA
-2
71
68
72
211
T57
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
70
71
70
211
T57
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
69
72
211
T57
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
69
71
71
211
T57
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
71
70
70
211
T62
Brandon Robinson-Thompson
ENG
-1
72
68
72
212
T62
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
72
66
74
212
T62
David Horsey
ENG
-1
69
69
74
212
T62
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-1
73
68
71
212
T62
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
-1
67
70
75
212
T62
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
70
71
71
212
T62
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-1
74
66
72
212
T62
Toby Tree
ENG
-1
71
69
72
212
T70
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
Par
71
69
73
213
T70
David Coupland
ENG
Par
68
68
77
213
T70
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
71
70
72
213
T70
Taehee Lee
KOR
Par
70
70
73
213
T74
Hennie Du Plessis
RSA
1
72
69
73
214
T74
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
69
71
74
214
76
Julien Guerrier
FRA
3
72
69
75
216
77
Gregory Havret
FRA
5
68
71
79
218
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
Par
74
68
142
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
1
72
71
143
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
1
74
69
143
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
70
73
143
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
1
74
69
143
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
1
74
69
143
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
73
70
143
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
72
71
143
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
72
71
143
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
2
72
72
144
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
74
70
144
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
72
72
144
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
2
69
75
144
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
72
72
144
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
75
70
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
71
74
145
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
3
71
74
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
70
75
145
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
3
74
71
145
CUT
Darius van Driel
NED
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
4
73
73
146
CUT
Robin Roussel
FRA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
5
74
73
147
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
5
73
74
147
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
5
76
71
147
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
5
74
73
147
CUT
Shergo Al Kurdi
JOR
5
73
74
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
7
73
76
149
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
7
73
76
149
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
7
71
78
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
7
71
78
149
CUT
Calum Hill
SCO
8
80
70
150
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
8
74
76
150
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
9
72
79
151
CUT
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
10
75
77
152
CUT
Saleh Al Kaabi
QAT
10
79
73
152
CUT
Michael Young
IRL
12
78
76
154
CUT
Ali Al-Shahrani
QAT
24
80
86
166
DSQ
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
71
71
DSQ
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
76
74
150
RET
David Howell
ENG
Par
81
81
RET
Kristoffer Broberg
SWE
Par
74
74
RET
Paul Waring
ENG
Par
0
RET
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
73
73