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Nicolai Højgaard takes 54-hole lead in Rome

Italian Open 2021 R3
September 02-05
Marco Simone GC, Rome, Italy
€3,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Nicolai Højgaard takes 54-hole lead in Rome
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Dane Nicolai Højgaard fired a bogey-free 65 to take a one shot lead in Rome, poised to emulate his twin Rasmus who won last week’s Omega European Masters in Switzerland. A win on Sunday woud make them the first brothers to win back-to-back events on the European Tour.

“I would really love to win. Seeing Rasmus win is a big motivation. I’m just trying to follow in his steps a little bit. Hopefully I can get it done tomorrow.”


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Nicolai came close to firing an albatross by nearly holing his tee shot at the par-4 16th but had to settle for an eagle and four birdies and reached the clubhouse in 13-under.

“I’m really happy. I played overall pretty good. I wanted to get up and down on the 18th to post 14-under but I’m really happy with minus 13.

“I am just trying to have a steady level of emotions. I try not to get too excited when I am hitting a shot or the other way around. I am just trying to be calm all the time and sometimes it happens to be good, sometimes not, but I had a really good day on the course.”


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Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (67) and South African Daniel van Tonder (66) are tied in second place at 12-under.

“I’m happy,” said Fleetwood. “I stayed patient through the front nine. There were a few people that got off to a really fast start but I didn’t really have many chances. I had a couple of chances on the fifth and seventh that didn’t go in.


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“But I felt like my putts on the 8th and 10th – the two up-and-downs I made there – were so important, just not to make a bogey and not to fall backwards at that point, and I felt like those were the two most important putts of the day.

“Then I played some lovely golf from the 12th – 12, 13, 14, 15 I just found a little stretch where I hit the ball so well, did hardly anything wrong. I got a bit lucky on the 16th. When you miss one putt like 17th – and I’ve putted so well, I hit such a lovely putt as well, it’s just the way that hole was placed, it was very difficult.

“I’m happy with where I’m at in the tournament. It’s nice to come down the stretch on a Saturday in contention knowing you’re fighting for your place so high up on the board going into Sunday, and I’ve got Sunday to look forward to.”


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Both had joined Højgaard in the lead but made their only bogeys of the day, at the 17th for Fleetwood and the 18th for van Tonder, to slip back into second place.

“Everything felt good,” said van Tonder. “The tee shots, irons into greens and I was reading the putts well. My caddie this week has her work cut out for her, she is reading the greens quite well and I am listening to her, every time I have been listening I have been making putts, so trying to do that as often as possible.

“For me it is to just stay calm and collected, and take the bad shots when they come. My caddie will make me laugh and make me chill a bit, she helps a lot, so just go out and enjoy. Fairways and greens, and make putts.”

Italian Open 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Nicolai Højgaard
-13
66
69
65
200
T2
Tommy Fleetwood
-12
66
68
67
201
T2
Daniel van Tonder
-12
70
65
66
201
4
Mikko Korhonen
-11
68
66
68
202
5
Min Woo Lee
-10
64
68
71
203
T6
Oliver Farr
-9
69
68
67
204
T6
Alexander Levy
-9
69
66
69
204
T6
Victor Perez
-9
70
67
67
204
T9
Ross Fisher
-8
67
71
67
205
T9
Francesco Laporta
-8
66
70
69
205
T9
Edoardo Molinari
-8
65
70
70
205
T12
Adri Arnaus
-7
66
68
72
206
T12
Adrian Meronk
-7
70
69
67
206
T12
Johannes Veerman
-7
67
67
72
206
T15
Richard Bland
-6
70
69
68
207
T15
George Coetzee
-6
72
68
67
207
T15
Sean Crocker
-6
72
67
68
207
T15
David Horsey
-6
69
71
67
207
T15
Joost Luiten
-6
71
66
70
207
T20
Gavin Kyle Green
-5
69
69
70
208
T20
Scott Jamieson
-5
70
67
71
208
T20
Masahiro Kawamura
-5
67
70
71
208
T20
Thomas Pieters
-5
70
69
69
208
T20
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
72
70
66
208
T20
Henrik Stenson
-5
64
71
73
208
T26
Steven Brown
-4
67
71
71
209
T26
Victor Dubuisson
-4
70
68
71
209
T26
Scott Hend
-4
65
74
70
209
T26
Guido Migliozzi
-4
72
69
68
209
T26
Francesco Molinari
-4
69
69
71
209
T26
Julien Quesne
-4
70
72
67
209
T32
Rasmus Højgaard
-3
72
70
68
210
T32
Matthew Jordan
-3
71
67
72
210
T32
Pablo Larrazabal
-3
70
70
70
210
T32
Adrian Otaegui
-3
71
71
68
210
T32
Eddie Pepperell
-3
65
71
74
210
T32
Shubhankar Sharma
-3
75
66
69
210
T32
Julian Suri
-3
68
73
69
210
T39
Dean Burmester
-2
70
71
70
211
T39
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
71
68
72
211
T39
Dave Coupland
-2
70
69
72
211
T39
Darren Fichardt
-2
72
69
70
211
T39
Sam Horsfield
-2
69
73
69
211
T39
Maximilian Kieffer
-2
69
70
72
211
T39
Marcel Siem
-2
72
69
70
211
T39
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
69
70
72
211
T39
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
72
69
70
211
T48
John Catlin
-1
72
70
70
212
T48
Ashley Chesters
-1
70
70
72
212
T48
Julien Guerrier
-1
69
73
70
212
T48
Benjamin Hebert
-1
67
74
71
212
T48
Antoine Rozner
-1
71
69
72
212
T48
Adrien Saddier
-1
67
75
70
212
T48
Matthew Southgate
-1
70
70
72
212
T48
Paul Waring
-1
70
72
70
212
56
Wil Besseling
E
73
66
74
213
57
Callum Shinkwin
+1
69
71
74
214
T58
Grant Forrest
+2
72
70
73
215
T58
Calum Hill
+2
75
65
75
215
T58
Joakim Lagergren
+2
71
69
75
215
T58
Kalle Samooja
+2
64
74
77
215
T58
Sami Valimaki
+2
70
71
74
215
63
Dale Whitnell
+4
69
70
78
217
T64
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
+5
71
71
76
218
T64
Robin Roussel
+5
68
73
77
218
CUT
Marcus Armitage
1
70
73
143
CUT
Alexander Björk
1
73
70
143
CUT
Jorge Campillo
1
69
74
143
CUT
David Drysdale
1
71
72
143
CUT
Garrick Higgo
1
70
73
143
CUT
Romain Langasque
1
72
71
143
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
1
69
74
143
CUT
Wade Ormsby
1
72
71
143
CUT
Andrea Romano (a)
1
72
71
143
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
1
75
68
143
CUT
Justin Walters
1
72
71
143
CUT
Oliver Wilson
1
73
70
143
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Daniel Gavins
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+2
69
75
144
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
+2
72
72
144
CUT
Brandon Stone
+2
68
76
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Filippo Celli (a)
+3
70
75
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
+3
77
68
145
CUT
Matt Fitzpatrick
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Gregory Havret
+3
74
71
145
CUT
Andrew Johnston
+3
72
73
145
CUT
Martin Kaymer
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Ross McGowan
+3
75
70
145
CUT
Darius van Driel
+3
73
72
145
CUT
Luke Donald
+4
74
72
146
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
+4
69
77
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Justin Harding
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
+4
71
75
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
+4
75
71
146
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Matt Wallace
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
+4
76
70
146
CUT
Chris Wood
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Laurie Canter
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Thomas Detry
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Sihwan Kim
+5
76
71
147
CUT
David Law
+5
75
72
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
+5
71
76
147
CUT
Andy Sullivan
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Chris Paisley
+6
75
73
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
+6
72
76
148
CUT
Ricardo Santos
+6
76
72
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
+6
73
75
148
CUT
Jacopo Vecchi Fossa (a)
+6
70
78
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Pietro Bovari (a)
+7
74
75
149
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
+7
73
76
149
CUT
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Robert Rock
+7
76
73
149
CUT
Graeme Storm
+7
77
72
149
CUT
Davide Buchi
+8
75
75
150
CUT
Ryan Fox
+8
76
74
150
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Haydn Porteous
+8
70
80
150
CUT
Garrick Porteous
+8
72
78
150
CUT
Jack Senior
+8
77
73
150
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Joel Stalter
+8
71
79
150
CUT
Aron Zemmer
+8
78
72
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
+9
75
76
151
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
+9
74
77
151
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
+9
76
75
151
CUT
Gregorio De Leo
+10
76
76
152
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
+10
77
75
152
CUT
James Morrison
+11
77
76
153
CUT
Federico Maccario
+12
79
75
154
CUT
Giovanni Manzoni (a)
+12
75
79
154
CUT
Connor Syme
+12
77
77
154
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
+14
81
75
156
CUT
Luca Cianchetti (a)
+15
77
80
157
CUT
Marc Warren
+16
86
72
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+18
80
80
160
CUT
Tommaso Perrino
+19
81
80
161
WD
David Howell
+6
76
44
120
WD
Thomas Aiken
+11
77
45
122
WD
Tae Hee Lee
+7
71
43
114
WD
Jazz Janewattananond
+7
75
33
108
WD
Maverick Antcliff
E
69
69
39
177