Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters R3

Bezuidenhout continues to master Valderrama

June 27-30
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€3,000,000
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Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Christiaan Bezuidenhout will take a five shot lead over local hero Jon Rahm into the final round of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation as he looks for his first European Tour victory.

Estrella Damm Andalucía R3 - Bezuidenhout continues to master Valderrama
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“I take a lot from that. Definitely wasn’t my best ball striking day today. I made some great saves on the turn through seven to nine. Got all three up and down there, which kept the momentum going.

“Going into Sunday with a five shot lead is definitely nice. I’ll just keep playing my game and see how I finish up tomorrow.

“Rahm is a great player, he’s top 15 in the world and he’s a legend in Spain so it will be quite an experience tomorrow. I haven’t played with him yet so I’m looking forward to the challenge and we’ll see how we go tomorrow.”

World Number 11 Rahm recorded his best round as a professional at Real Club Valderrama with a 67 to sit at five under par alongside Japan’s Hideto Tanihara, but the duo could not keep pace with Bezuidenhout, whose round of 69 took him to ten under par.

“The biggest difference today was how I played off the tee, I can’t recall missing many fairways,” said Rahm. “I always had a chance and on that front nine, I putted for birdie pretty much on every hole.


“I’m confident, there’s a lot of shots to make up and I’m also aware that every time you play here in the afternoon the wind is going to pick up, the greens are going to get a little firmer every single day. If I can get off to a good start and play as solid a nine holes as I did today, I give myself a chance on the back nine.”

The South African arrived in Spain off the back of claiming third place at last week’s BMW International Open. He came in to Saturday with a four shot lead, but with three birdies and just one bogey he managed to stretch that advantage on one of the toughest layouts on the Race to Dubai.

Tanihara carded a round of 68 to join Rahm in a tie for second place, two shots ahead of Belgian duo Nicolas Colsaerts and Thomas Detry. Tournament host Garcia and 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn are then in a group of nine players eight shots off the lead at two under par.

“I’ll do the same thing tomorrow, there’s not much more I can do. I don’t know how to explain that I shot 73 the way I hit the ball, it just doesn’t make sense,” said Garcia.

“That’s the way golf goes sometimes; the only thing I can do is play as well as I’ve been playing every single day, and hopefully everything that’s been going wrong goes right. If not, we’ll try to finish as high as possible. It’s disappointing because I feel I hit so many good shots and got nothing out of them, but that’s how it goes.”


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-10
66
68
69
203
T2
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
69
72
67
208
T2
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-5
70
70
68
208
T4
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
74
68
68
210
T4
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
73
67
70
210
T6
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
71
73
67
211
T6
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-2
71
71
69
211
T6
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
70
72
69
211
T6
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-2
69
73
69
211
T6
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
68
72
71
211
T6
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
67
73
71
211
T6
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-2
68
71
72
211
T6
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-2
68
70
73
211
T6
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-2
66
72
73
211
T15
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-1
70
74
68
212
T15
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-1
73
71
68
212
T15
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
71
72
69
212
T15
David Horsey
ENG
-1
69
73
70
212
T15
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
71
70
212
T15
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
68
72
72
212
T15
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
70
69
73
212
T22
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
71
73
69
213
T22
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
72
72
69
213
T22
Sihwan Kim
KOR
Par
66
77
70
213
T22
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
73
69
71
213
T22
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
69
71
73
213
T22
Gavin Green
MAS
Par
66
74
73
213
T22
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
68
71
74
213
T22
Victor Perez
FRA
Par
65
74
74
213
T30
Sean Crocker
USA
1
72
72
70
214
T30
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
70
74
70
214
T30
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
68
75
71
214
T30
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
72
71
71
214
T30
Andres Romero
ARG
1
70
72
72
214
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
71
70
73
214
T30
Samuel Del Val
ESP
1
71
70
73
214
T30
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
67
71
76
214
T30
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
70
68
76
214
T39
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
71
71
215
T39
Joost Luiten
NED
2
68
75
72
215
T39
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
73
70
72
215
T39
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
73
70
72
215
T39
Julian Suri
USA
2
67
73
75
215
T44
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
71
73
72
216
T44
Stuart Manley
WAL
3
72
72
72
216
T44
Wade Ormsby
AUS
3
73
71
72
216
T44
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
71
72
73
216
T44
Jason Scrivener
AUS
3
71
72
73
216
T44
Paul Peterson
USA
3
72
71
73
216
T44
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
3
75
67
74
216
T44
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
3
67
73
76
216
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
3
70
70
76
216
T53
Andrew Johnston
ENG
4
70
73
74
217
T53
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
4
71
71
75
217
T53
David Lipsky
USA
4
70
72
75
217
T53
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
4
69
71
77
217
T53
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
4
70
69
78
217
T58
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
72
71
75
218
T58
David Law
SCO
5
70
72
76
218
T58
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
72
70
76
218
T61
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
6
75
69
75
219
T61
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
71
73
75
219
T61
Anton Karlsson
SWE
6
66
76
77
219
T64
Ashley Chesters
ENG
7
71
73
76
220
T64
Shiv Kapur
IND
7
74
70
76
220
T64
Adrien Saddier
SCO
7
73
70
77
220
T67
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
70
74
77
221
T67
Oliver Wilson
ENG
8
69
73
79
221
T67
Espen Kofstad
NOR
8
70
70
81
221
70
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
9
73
71
78
222
71
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
11
69
74
81
224
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
72
73
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
73
72
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
3
68
77
145
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
3
75
70
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
3
70
75
145
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
3
72
73
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
3
69
76
145
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
74
71
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
70
75
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
3
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
3
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
71
74
145
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
3
73
72
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
73
73
146
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
4
73
73
146
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
4
71
75
146
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
4
72
74
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
76
70
146
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
4
68
78
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
4
74
72
146
CUT
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
4
70
76
146
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Darius van Driel
NED
5
73
74
147
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
5
71
76
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
75
72
147
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
70
77
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
5
70
77
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
68
79
147
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
5
74
73
147
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
5
72
75
147
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
5
74
73
147
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
5
74
73
147
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
77
70
147
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
6
75
73
148
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
6
76
72
148
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
6
76
72
148
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
71
77
148
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
6
72
76
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
6
75
73
148
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
6
73
75
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
6
74
74
148
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
70
78
148
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
72
77
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
7
74
75
149
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
7
71
78
149
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
7
74
75
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
8
75
75
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
8
77
73
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
8
78
72
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
8
75
75
150
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
8
77
73
150
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
8
72
78
150
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
70
80
150
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
8
74
76
150
CUT
David Borda
ESP
9
71
80
151
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
9
77
74
151
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
9
76
75
151
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
9
75
76
151
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
9
79
72
151
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
9
71
80
151
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
74
77
151
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
10
72
80
152
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
74
78
152
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
11
75
78
153
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
11
75
78
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
12
74
80
154
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
13
74
81
155
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
13
72
83
155
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
13
79
76
155
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
14
79
77
156
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
15
78
79
157
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
15
74
83
157
RET
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
79
79