D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge R3

Darius van Driel on verge of victory in Slovakia

July 04-07
Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Darius van Driel took a step closer to claiming his second European Challenge Tour title after posting a five under par round of 67 on day three of the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge at Penati Golf Resort.

Slovakia Challenge R3 - Darius van Driel on verge of victory in Slovakia
Photo credit: Ota Mrákota

The Dutchman leads by two on 16 under par, ahead of Rhys Enoch, as he bids to go one better than his second place finish at the Belgian Knockout on the European Tour last month.

The 2018 Euram Bank Open champion, who was temporarily knocked off top spot for the first time since Thursday morning after carding two consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes, fired an eagle and two birdies over his closing four holes in Senica to reassert his dominance at the top of the leaderboard.

‘’I got off to a great start,” he said. “The middle was a little bit messy, but I managed to finish really strong.


“I’ve been aggressive off the tee this week and have been hitting my short irons really well, so I’m just going to go out there and try and do the same thing tomorrow.

‘’Getting an eagle on 15 was important for my momentum. I wasn’t really looking at the leaderboard but all of a sudden on the back nine I realised that the guys were going low today and at that point, I was only one or two under par, so it was important that I turned it around.

‘’There’s a lot of guys near me on the leaderboard who can go low, so I’m going to need to bring my A-game if I’m going to get the win tomorrow.’’

Enoch, who has missed two consecutive cuts since his standout performance at the U.S. Open last month, catapulted his way into contention with a seven under par round of 65, as he bids to clinch his first Challenge Tour title.

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The 31-year-old sits one shot ahead of Lars van Meijel, who fired a six under par round of 66 to reach 13 under par, with Spaniard Sebastian Garcia Rodriquez and America’s Chase Koepka one shot further back on 12 under par after each carding four under par rounds of 68.

Koepka, who has carded three consecutive sub-70 rounds for the first time since the 2017 Kazakhstan Open, looked set to propel himself to the summit after firing three birdies in his opening four holes but bogeys on the eighth and 16th holes means he goes into the final day in the mix, but four shots off the lead.  

Van Driel will begin his final round at 9.00am local time, alongside the chasing pair of Enoch and van Meijel.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-16
64
69
67
200
2
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-14
68
69
65
202
3
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-13
68
69
66
203
4
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-12
69
67
68
204
4
KOEPKA Chase
USA
-12
69
67
68
204
6
GEARY Josh
NZL
-11
68
68
69
205
6
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-11
70
68
67
205
8
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-10
67
68
71
206
8
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-10
74
65
67
206
8
RITTHAMMER Bernd
GER
-10
70
69
67
206
11
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-9
69
69
69
207
11
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-9
67
70
70
207
11
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-9
68
72
67
207
11
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-9
66
70
71
207
11
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-9
68
73
66
207
11
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-9
68
67
72
207
11
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-9
71
69
67
207
11
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-9
69
71
67
207
19
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-8
69
70
69
208
19
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-8
67
72
69
208
19
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-8
70
68
70
208
22
BESSELING Wil
NED
-7
70
71
68
209
22
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-7
67
68
74
209
22
CARLSSON Johan
SWE
-7
71
65
73
209
22
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-7
66
74
69
209
22
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-7
68
69
72
209
22
HUIZING Daan
NED
-7
68
71
70
209
22
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-7
71
70
68
209
22
MICHAEL Anthony
RSA
-7
67
73
69
209
22
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-7
70
69
70
209
22
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-7
73
68
68
209
22
TREE Toby
ENG
-7
71
70
68
209
33
BRUN Julien
FRA
-6
70
70
70
210
33
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-6
70
71
69
210
33
GAVINS Daniel
ENG
-6
70
71
69
210
33
MERONK Adrian
POL
-6
72
68
70
210
33
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-6
67
71
72
210
38
CARLSSON Magnus A
SWE
-5
68
69
74
211
38
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
-5
74
67
70
211
38
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-5
67
73
71
211
38
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-5
68
74
69
211
38
STARK Oscar
SWE
-5
69
70
72
211
43
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-4
70
70
72
212
43
BOOTE David
WAL
-4
68
69
75
212
43
ELLIS Harry
ENG
-4
69
68
75
212
43
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-4
72
69
71
212
43
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
-4
69
72
71
212
48
CAFOUREK Jan
CZE
-3
72
70
71
213
48
FARR Oliver
WAL
-3
68
73
72
213
48
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-3
69
73
71
213
48
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-3
74
68
71
213
48
RIU Victor
FRA
-3
67
75
71
213
48
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-3
72
68
73
213
48
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-3
72
70
71
213
55
BLAND Richard
ENG
-2
70
71
73
214
55
HØJGAARD Nicolai
DEN
-2
70
67
77
214
55
PIAGET Sandro
MON
-2
69
72
73
214
55
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-2
70
71
73
214
55
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-2
69
71
74
214
60
FRITSCH Florian
GER
-1
72
70
73
215
60
KUNZENBACHER Julian
GER
-1
71
71
73
215
62
DAYDOU Alexandre
FRA
1
69
71
77
217
63
HOWIE Craig
SCO
2
68
74
76
218
64
CANTER Laurie
ENG
5
71
71
79
221