Commercial Bank Qatar Masters R3

Past champion Fichardt takes pole position

Qatar Masters 2021 R3
March 11-14
Education City Golf Club, Education City, Doha, Qatar
US$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2021 R3 - Past champion Fichardt takes pole position
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Darren Fichardt will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters as he seeks a second victory in Doha.



The South African, who won this event in 2003, carded a one under par 70 at Education City Golf Club in a round which included a double bogey and two further dropped shots as the field again battled howling winds in the Qatari capital.

The five-time European Tour winner recovered from dropping three shots in just two holes on the 13th and 14th , with birdies on the 16th and 17th , to record a seven under par total after three rounds, one stroke ahead of England’s Jack Senior, who carded a level par 71.




“When I started today I couldn’t get the pace right, the greens sped up significantly with the wind,” said Fichardt. “I was three-whacking like it was going out of fashion, on every green. Luckily I figured my swing out on the range before I teed off. I said to my wife to give ourselves opportunities and to try and get our first putt past the hole. When they started dropping I started to get a nice rhythm and a nice flow.”

“Then I got to the par five 13 – that’s a hell of a par five, plus wind. I walked off there making a double and felt a bit out of sorts. I three-whacked the next green. I tried to gather my thoughts and realise it’s tough out there, everyone was struggling and to try and finish with a couple of pars coming home – luckily I got two birdies.”



A two-time winner on the European Challenge Tour, Senior will go in search of a maiden European Tour victory on Sunday.

“That was a battle from start to finish,” said Senior. “I got off to a half-decent start, quite a quick start really. Then the wind started gusting on the back nine, you just had to hang on for dear life.”

“When we got on the 12th tee we looked at the wind direction, we hit a shot – I think I hit seven iron and pitched it 131 yards – it was really strong at that point.”

“All I can do is control what I’m doing. The old saying is it’s one shot at a time but that’s all you’ve got to do. Go out there with a clear head tomorrow and give it my best shot.”




India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar is third on five under par after a round of 68, while Frenchman Antoine Rozner made the biggest move on the leaderboard, rising 35 places after also recording a three under par round.

“I had a good start to the tournament, four under on day one was pretty solid,” said Bhullar. “Yesterday I hit the ball pretty good and gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities. I made a few silly mistakes in the beginning, but played well on the back nine. That was the time when the wind picked up. I had a feeling of confidence that I could play well in the wind.

“Today from the first hole it was gusting and howling pretty much the whole day. I hit the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities, I drove the ball okay and didn’t miss too many fairways. The main target was to keep the ball in play and make sure I was hitting a lot of my shots in regulation to stay in the game.”


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Rozner shares fourth with Joachim B. Hansen of Denmark and Welshman Jamie Donaldson on four under par.

“It was very difficult. The wind was blowing very hard, it wasn’t easy to get good yardages on the second shots,” said Rozner. “The hardest part today was putting – the short putts are becoming a lot more difficult. Holing out a four-footer for par or birdie becomes a hell of a lot harder. I think I managed that pretty well. I hit a lot of greens and made good par saves when I missed them. I’m very, very happy with my round today.”



Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Darren Fichardt
-7
68
68
70
206
2
Jack Senior
-6
68
68
71
207
3
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-5
67
73
68
208
T4
Jamie Donaldson
-4
68
68
73
209
T4
Joachim B. Hansen
-4
66
71
72
209
T4
Antoine Rozner *
-4
69
72
68
209
T7
Thomas Detry
-3
66
72
72
210
T7
Chris Paisley
-3
67
70
73
210
T7
Brandon Stone
-3
69
68
73
210
T10
Nino Bertasio
-2
65
72
74
211
T10
Jorge Campillo *
-2
67
74
70
211
T10
Lorenzo Gagli
-2
68
70
73
211
T10
Kurt Kitayama
-2
67
69
75
211
T10
Richard McEvoy
-2
65
73
73
211
T10
Callum Shinkwin
-2
70
68
73
211
T10
Jeff Winther
-2
67
67
77
211
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
67
70
74
211
T18
Yi Keun Chang *
-1
70
71
71
212
T18
Raphael Jacquelin
-1
70
69
73
212
T18
Guido Migliozzi
-1
71
67
74
212
T18
Shaun Norris
-1
69
70
73
212
T18
Matthieu Pavon
-1
68
69
75
212
T18
Johannes Veerman *
-1
71
69
72
212
T24
Maverick Antcliff *
E
69
72
72
213
T24
Marcus Armitage *
E
69
72
72
213
T24
Thomas Pieters
E
68
69
76
213
T24
Dale Whitnell
E
68
72
73
213
T28
Sean Crocker *
1
68
73
73
214
T28
Grant Forrest
1
71
68
75
214
T28
Garrick Higgo
1
66
71
77
214
T28
Scott Jamieson
1
67
71
76
214
T28
Joakim Lagergren
1
66
72
76
214
T28
David Law
1
64
75
75
214
T28
Niklas Lemke *
1
70
72
72
214
T28
Alexander Levy *
1
71
72
71
214
T28
Kalle Samooja
1
65
71
78
214
T28
Shubhankar Sharma
1
71
68
75
214
T28
Jordan Smith *
1
69
74
71
214
T28
Lars van Meijel *
1
69
72
73
214
T40
John Catlin
2
70
70
75
215
T40
Louis De Jager *
2
68
72
75
215
T40
David Drysdale *
2
70
72
73
215
T40
Jazz Janewattananond
2
69
70
76
215
T40
Romain Langasque
2
70
70
75
215
T40
Eddie Pepperell
2
69
71
75
215
T40
Justin Walters *
2
73
70
72
215
T47
Steven Brown *
3
69
74
73
216
T47
Dave Coupland *
3
69
74
73
216
T47
Rhys Enoch *
3
69
74
73
216
T47
Maximilian Kieffer *
3
67
75
74
216
T47
Ricardo Santos *
3
71
71
74
216
T47
Andy Sullivan *
3
69
74
73
216
T47
Connor Syme *
3
69
72
75
216
T47
Chris Wood *
3
73
68
75
216
T47
Hennie du Plessis
3
65
74
77
216
T56
Wil Besseling *
4
72
69
76
217
T56
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
4
69
70
78
217
T56
Pedro Figueiredo *
4
67
74
76
217
T56
Wilco Nienaber
4
69
71
77
217
T56
Matthias Schwab *
4
71
71
75
217
T61
Ashley Chesters *
5
72
70
76
218
T61
Benjamin Hebert *
5
71
72
75
218
T63
Alexander Björk *
6
68
73
78
219
T63
Ignacio Elvira Mijares *
6
69
73
77
219
T63
Francesco Laporta *
6
68
73
78
219
T66
Richie Ramsay *
7
69
74
77
220
T66
Cormac Sharvin *
7
70
73
77
220
T66
Toby Tree *
7
67
75
78
220
T69
Alejandro Cañizares *
8
73
69
79
221
T69
Robert Rock *
8
72
71
78
221
71
Julian Suri
9
70
68
84
222
72
Marcus Kinhult *
10
70
73
80
223
CUT
Shergo Al Kurdi (a)
2
68
76
144
CUT
Joost Luiten
2
69
75
144
CUT
Adrian Meronk
2
72
72
144
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
2
69
75
144
CUT
Darius van Driel
2
70
74
144
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
3
75
70
145
CUT
Laurie Canter
3
71
74
145
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
3
70
75
145
CUT
George Coetzee
3
67
78
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
3
70
75
145
CUT
Gregory Havret
3
70
75
145
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
3
72
73
145
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
3
72
73
145
CUT
Zander Lombard
3
73
72
145
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
3
70
75
145
CUT
James Morrison
3
75
70
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
3
69
76
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
3
69
76
145
CUT
Benjamin Poke
3
71
74
145
CUT
Aaron Rai
3
73
72
145
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
3
73
72
145
CUT
Clement Sordet
3
71
74
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
3
73
72
145
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
77
69
146
CUT
Richard Bland
4
70
76
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
4
69
77
146
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
4
70
76
146
CUT
Scott Hend
4
74
72
146
CUT
Rasmus Højgaard
4
74
72
146
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
4
72
74
146
CUT
Ayoub Lguirati (a)
4
75
71
146
CUT
Haotong Li
4
71
75
146
CUT
Garrick Porteous
4
69
77
146
CUT
Haydn Porteous
4
74
72
146
CUT
Oliver Wilson
4
71
75
146
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
5
73
74
147
CUT
Justin Harding
5
70
77
147
CUT
Calum Hill
5
72
75
147
CUT
David Howell
5
73
74
147
CUT
Sihwan Kim
5
76
71
147
CUT
Tae Hee Lee
5
75
72
147
CUT
Robin Roussel
5
73
74
147
CUT
Saleh Al Kaabi (a)
6
73
75
148
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
6
71
77
148
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
6
74
74
148
CUT
Ross McGowan
6
70
78
148
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
6
75
73
148
CUT
Joel Stalter
6
73
75
148
CUT
Daan Huizing
7
77
72
149
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
7
74
75
149
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
7
71
78
149
CUT
Ross Fisher
8
76
74
150
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
8
70
80
150
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
8
76
74
150
CUT
Lee Slattery
8
75
75
150
CUT
Oliver Farr
9
73
78
151
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
9
72
79
151
CUT
Paul Dunne
10
74
78
152
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
10
75
77
152
CUT
Ruan Jordaan
11
76
77
153
CUT
Carlos Pigem
11
78
75
153
CUT
Adrien Saddier
11
75
78
153
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
11
75
78
153
CUT
Oliver Fisher
12
78
76
154
CUT
Renato Paratore
14
78
78
156
CUT
Ali Al Shahrani (a)
24
82
84
166
WD
Matthew Jordan
2
73
73
WD
Dean Burmester
8
74
72
146
WD
Adri Arnaus
4
70
38
108
WD
Marc Warren
6
77
77
DISQ
Jaham Al Kuwari (a)
22
79
81
160
* Player started on the back nine