D+D Real Czech Masters R3

Pieters pounces in Prague

August 15-18
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
€1,000,000
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Thomas Pieters continued his love affair with the D+D Real Czech Masters as the Belgian moved into a one-stroke lead heading into the final day at Albatross Golf Resort, thanks to a stunning front nine and a six under par 66.

Czech Masters R3 - Pieters pounces in Prague
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“I think the key to that front nine was the driving. I hit it really far and straight so that was presenting a lot of birdie opportunities and a lot of short clubs into the holes. To convert the putt on nine after a wonderful six iron in was great, and it’s the closest I’ve come to a two on a par five.

“I got one of the worst lies I’ve had on any course – not just this course – on ten and had to take my medicine there but then I made a great four at the 11 th and a great three at 13 but I struggled a bit on the back nine. I stayed patient though and got a nice birdie to finish.”

The 27 year old claimed his maiden European Tour title at this venue four years ago, before finishing runner-up on his title defence in 2016, a performance which – along with his Made in Denmark triumph a week later – helped earn a Ryder Cup debut at Hazeltine.


Pieters, playing alongside halfway leader Edoardo Molinari, opened with a birdie at the first and then followed up a bogey at the third with four successive birdies. But his pièce de resistance came at the par five ninth where he came close to a first career albatross with a six-iron to within inches before tapping in for eagle.

That superb front nine of 30 was followed by a more difficult back nine but a birdie at the last and his best round of the week moved him to the front on 16 under, with Adri Arnaus of Spain in second and four players sharing third spot on 14 under – including Molinari and his fellow former Ryder Cup winner Robert Karlsson.

“I started well on the front nine like I have done on the other days, and then on the back nine I was a bit off with some of my yardages,” said Molinari. “I made a bogey at the 14 th with one of my best shots of the day but it’s kind of difficult when you’re between clubs all day. Hopefully my bad day is behind me now and I can go low tomorrow.

“It was a tricky flag on three and I hit a decent shot but it just rolled down the bank. From there I hit what looked like a decent putt when it started but then it started to pick up pace, but hopefully it hit the hole and went in.

“I’d rather be leading, when you can afford a couple of mistakes. But then again when you’re out in front of the leaders and you get it going you might apply some extra pressure on then so it can work either way. I just need to play good golf and see what happens.”


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By GT Editor
Pos
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-16
67
67
66
200
2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-15
71
65
65
201
T3
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-14
69
67
66
202
T3
Hugo Leon
CHI
-14
66
69
67
202
T3
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-14
67
68
67
202
T3
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-14
66
66
70
202
T7
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-13
65
72
66
203
T7
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-13
66
71
66
203
T9
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-12
69
68
67
204
T9
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-12
70
67
67
204
T9
Liam Johnston
SCO
-12
67
69
68
204
T9
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
69
66
69
204
T9
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-12
70
65
69
204
T14
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-11
72
68
65
205
T14
JC Ritchie
RSA
-11
70
67
68
205
16
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-10
71
67
68
206
T17
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-9
70
70
67
207
T17
Chris Hanson
ENG
-9
69
70
68
207
T17
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-9
68
70
69
207
T17
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
69
67
71
207
T17
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-9
68
68
71
207
T17
Lee Slattery
ENG
-9
65
71
71
207
T23
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-8
71
68
69
208
T23
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-8
69
70
69
208
T23
Romain Wattel
FRA
-8
68
71
69
208
T23
Kim Koivu
FIN
-8
66
72
70
208
T23
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
67
71
70
208
T23
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-8
67
70
71
208
T23
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-8
66
70
72
208
T30
Ben Evans
ENG
-7
72
69
68
209
T30
James Morrison
ENG
-7
73
68
68
209
T30
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-7
70
71
68
209
T30
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-7
69
72
68
209
T30
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-7
70
70
69
209
T30
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-7
72
67
70
209
T30
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
64
75
70
209
T30
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
70
68
71
209
T30
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
69
69
71
209
T39
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
72
69
69
210
T39
Paul Dunne
IRL
-6
70
71
69
210
T39
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-6
69
72
69
210
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-6
70
71
69
210
T39
David Howell
ENG
-6
69
71
70
210
T39
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
70
70
70
210
T39
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-6
70
69
71
210
T39
Renato Paratore
ITA
-6
71
68
71
210
T39
Berry Henson
USA
-6
70
68
72
210
T39
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-6
71
67
72
210
T39
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-6
69
68
73
210
T50
Liam Robinson
ENG
-5
70
71
70
211
T50
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
70
71
70
211
T50
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-5
70
71
70
211
T50
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
71
69
71
211
T50
John Catlin
USA
-5
70
69
72
211
T50
Tom Murray
ENG
-5
70
69
72
211
T50
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
70
69
72
211
T50
Zander Lombard
RSA
-5
68
70
73
211
T50
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
70
68
73
211
T50
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-5
70
67
74
211
T60
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-4
74
67
71
212
T60
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-4
71
70
71
212
T60
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
71
71
212
T60
Chris Lloyd
ENG
-4
70
70
72
212
T64
Justin Walters
RSA
-3
72
69
72
213
T64
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
71
70
72
213
T64
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
67
74
72
213
T67
Bryce Easton
RSA
-2
68
73
73
214
T67
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-2
73
68
73
214
T67
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
70
67
77
214
70
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
69
72
79
220
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
66
76
142
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
69
73
142
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
-2
69
73
142
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Marcel Schneider
GER
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Jakub Bares
CZE
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
77
66
143
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Philipp Mejow
GER
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Ales Korinek
CZE
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
74
144
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
Par
74
70
144
CUT
David Law
SCO
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Michal Pospisil
CZE
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Pavol Mach
SVK
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
72
73
145
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
1
70
75
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
1
72
73
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
72
73
145
CUT
Filip Mruzek
CZE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jan Cafourek
CZE
1
73
72
145
CUT
Lee Westwood
ENG
1
73
72
145
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
76
70
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
72
74
146
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
70
76
146
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
72
75
147
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
72
75
147
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
3
74
73
147
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Peter Valasek
SVK
3
73
74
147
CUT
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
3
72
75
147
CUT
Daniel Suchan
CZE
4
78
70
148
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
76
72
148
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
4
75
73
148
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
74
74
148
CUT
Simon Zach
CZE
4
74
74
148
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
5
77
72
149
CUT
Paul Peterson
USA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
5
74
75
149
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
5
73
76
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Filip Raza
CZE
6
77
73
150
CUT
Jarin Todd
USA
6
77
73
150
CUT
Lukas Tintera
CZE
6
74
76
150
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
6
74
76
150
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
Jiri Zuska
CZE
7
74
77
151
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
8
73
79
152
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
9
76
77
153
CUT
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
10
73
81
154
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
11
79
76
155
CUT
Stefan Palenik
SVK
11
78
77
155
CUT
Petr Hruby
CZE
12
78
78
156
DSQ
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
Par
68
73
68
209
RET
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
78
78
RET
Tom Lewis
ENG
Par
76
76