Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters R3

Catlin maintains advantage in Andalucia

September 03-06
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€1,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4



John Catlin will go in search of his first European Tour win as he takes a two stroke lead into the final round of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters.

Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters R3 - Catlin maintains advantage in Andalucia
John Catlin. (Credit: European Tour)


The American, who has four Asian Tour titles to his name, started the third day at Real Club Valderrama two shots ahead of a chasing pack and had briefly increased his lead to three after a birdie on the eighth hole.


But the notoriously tricky 1997 Ryder Cup venue showed its teeth on the back nine as he came home two over par to sign for a one over 72 and a two under total – meaning he enters the final round as the only player under par.

“I hung in there really well. I was hitting the ball pretty solidly, I was just having trouble getting it really close to the hole like I had the first couple of rounds. I made some really nice three to eight footers for par to keep the momentum going.



“It would have been nice to finish off a little better. I actually thought I hit a pretty decent shot there into 17, missed it by a yard and a half – that’s how this course can be sometimes. You hit a pretty good shot and you’re just a little bit off and it can make you pay. It made me pay there, but having a two shot lead going into the final round on such a difficult golf course – I’m really happy.

“The mental side is very important – you’re going to hit good shots and not end up in good spots and you’re going to need to be able to bounce back, keep your metal focus in the right place. That can be tough, but I’m proud of what I was able to do from that side of things and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”


Catlin is just two strokes ahead of former World Number One and two-time Major Champion Martin Kaymer. The German, who has stated that one of his career ambitions is to win at Valderrama, carded a two under par round of 69 to move back to level par.

“I made very few mistakes this week, couple of bad tee shots that created a couple of double bogeys in the first two rounds,” said Kaymer. “Besides that I hit a couple of very good iron shots, I made the up and downs when I needed to make then, especially yesterday to keep a decent round going.



“Today I created enough chances. It was very difficult today I think to make putts because they put the pins in some very tricky positions. It was very firm around the greens, almost burnt, so you can’t really be that aggressive. I played smart and avoided the mistakes.

“Winning in Valderrama was always one of my goals, one of my dreams. The first time I came here in 2007, I pulled the card myself in my practice round and that was one of the most enjoyable practice rounds I’ve ever had because it was just you and Valderrama. To win here would be something very special.”

In a share of third on one over are 2014 Ryder Cup player Jamie Donaldson and Lorenzo Gagli of Italy, who celebrated his first European Tour hole-in-one with an ace on the 203-yard 12th hole. Sami Välimäki, winner of the Oman Open back in March, is a stroke further back on two over par.



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“It was a perfect shot, four iron,” said Gagli. “The wind was into from the left. I hit a perfect shot, a little low with a little draw and it landed just at the front of the green and rolled in. I think it’s my first.

“This is the third day in tough conditions on a really tough golf course. Anything can happen, you can make birdie, bogey or double bogey with the same shot. You have to stay patient and I’m happy with my game. I hit the ball nicely over the three days, I think I missed three or four tee shots today but that can happen.

“It’s going to be a great day tomorrow but on this golf course you have to play shot by shot, stay patient and I’m happy to be in contention again.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
John Catlin
-2
69
70
72
211
T2
Martin Kaymer
Par
72
72
69
213
T2
Jamie Donaldson
Par
72
69
73
214
4
Lorenzo Gagli
1
74
69
71
214
5
Sami Välimäki
2
77
69
69
215
T6
Wil Besseling
3
75
72
69
216
T6
Adrian Otaegui
3
77
71
68
216
T8
Justin Harding
4
71
75
71
217
T8
Søren Kjeldsen
4
71
72
74
217
T8
Guido Migliozzi
4
69
74
74
217
T8
Connor Syme
4
69
72
76
217
T12
Wilco Nienaber
5
72
70
76
218
T12
Pedro Oriol
5
75
72
71
218
T12
Antoine Rozner
5
76
69
73
218
T12
Ben Stow
5
74
73
71
218
T12
Johannes Veerman
5
73
73
72
218
T17
Jorge Campillo
6
69
78
72
219
T17
Dave Coupland
6
72
76
71
219
T17
Thomas Detry
6
73
72
74
219
T17
David Horsey
6
74
73
72
219
T17
Joakim Lagergren
6
77
72
70
219
T17
Romain Langasque
6
77
73
69
219
T17
Pablo Larrazabal
6
71
70
78
219
T17
Ross McGowan
6
72
72
75
219
T17
Alvaro Quiros
6
72
73
74
219
T17
Matthew Southgate
6
76
73
70
219
T17
Romain Wattel
6
74
74
71
219
T17
Bernd Wiesberger
6
75
71
73
219
T29
Richard Bland
7
78
72
70
220
T29
Masahiro Kawamura
7
73
73
74
220
T29
Ashun Wu
7
77
71
72
220
T32
Steven Brown
8
73
74
74
221
T32
Craig Howie
8
75
75
71
221
T32
Ricardo Santos
8
78
70
73
221
T32
Jeff Winther
8
77
68
76
221
T36
Alexander Björk
9
74
73
75
222
T36
Thomas Bjørn
9
72
76
74
222
T36
Alejandro Cañizares
9
73
70
79
222
T36
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
9
77
70
75
222
T36
Ewen Ferguson
9
73
76
73
222
T36
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
9
76
71
75
222
T36
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
9
75
75
72
222
T36
Joachim B. Hansen
9
74
74
74
222
T36
Gregory Havret
9
75
73
74
222
T36
Jake McLeod
9
71
73
78
222
T36
Carlos Pigem
9
75
73
74
222
T36
Robin Roussel
9
75
71
76
222
T36
Max Schmitt
9
71
75
76
222
T49
Pep Angles
10
70
77
76
223
T49
Jonathan Caldwell
10
73
75
75
223
T49
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
10
75
74
74
223
T49
Julien Guerrier
10
74
74
75
223
T49
Maximilian Kieffer
10
73
74
76
223
T49
Joost Luiten
10
79
69
75
223
T49
Marcel Schneider
10
76
74
73
223
T56
Jbe Kruger
11
74
74
76
224
T56
Robert MacIntyre
11
80
69
75
224
T56
Damien Perrier
11
76
70
78
224
T56
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
11
76
73
75
224
T56
Toby Tree
11
72
77
75
224
T61
Bryce Easton
12
76
73
76
225
T61
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
12
75
71
79
225
T61
Rasmus Højgaard
12
71
79
75
225
T61
Raphael Jacquelin
12
75
73
77
225
T61
Matthew Jordan
12
81
69
75
225
T61
Alexander Levy
12
75
75
75
225
T61
Edoardo Molinari
12
76
73
76
225
T61
Thorbjørn Olesen
12
72
77
76
225
T61
Wade Ormsby
12
74
76
75
225
T61
Lee Westwood
12
76
73
76
225
T71
Ben Evans
13
75
73
78
226
T71
Grant Forrest
13
78
72
76
226
T71
Francesco Laporta
13
76
73
77
226
T71
Victor Perez
13
76
74
76
226
T71
Adrien Saddier
13
73
77
76
226
76
Paul Waring
14
73
77
77
227
77
Rikard Karlberg
15
76
74
78
228
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
9
75
76
151
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
9
74
77
151
CUT
Ricardo Gouveia
9
74
77
151
CUT
Oscar Lengden
9
75
76
151
CUT
Renato Paratore
9
77
74
151
CUT
Jason Scrivener
9
79
72
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
9
75
76
151
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
9
73
78
151
CUT
Andy Sullivan
9
73
78
151
CUT
Darius van Driel
9
76
75
151
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
10
74
78
152
CUT
Sihwan Kim
10
76
76
152
CUT
Kalle Samooja
10
73
79
152
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
10
76
76
152
CUT
Joël Stalter
10
76
76
152
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
11
80
73
153
CUT
José María Olazábal
11
74
79
153
CUT
Andrea Pavan
11
73
80
153
CUT
Brandon Stone
11
74
79
153
CUT
Rhys Enoch
12
79
75
154
CUT
Calum Hill
12
77
77
154
CUT
Alvaro Mueller-Baumgart
12
77
77
154
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
12
74
80
154
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
12
75
79
154
CUT
Scott Vincent
12
75
79
154
CUT
Justin Walters
12
77
77
154
CUT
Nino Bertasio
14
79
77
156
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
14
80
76
156
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
14
80
76
156
CUT
Garrick Porteous
14
79
77
156
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
14
78
78
156
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
15
79
78
157
CUT
Zach Murray
15
77
80
157
CUT
Eduard Rousaud
15
83
74
157
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
15
81
76
157
CUT
Marcus Armitage
16
79
79
158
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
16
80
78
158
CUT
Tom Gandy
16
78
80
158
CUT
Peter Hanson
16
81
77
158
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
17
81
78
159
CUT
Samuel Del Val
17
79
80
159
CUT
Adrian Meronk
18
78
82
160
CUT
Borja Virto
18
76
84
160
CUT
Anton Karlsson
19
85
76
161
CUT
Andres Romero
19
82
79
161
CUT
Lars van Meijel
19
85
76
161
CUT
David Howell
20
78
84
162
CUT
Niklas Lemke
20
85
77
162
CUT
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
21
86
77
163
CUT
Michael Campbell
25
82
85
167
WD
Zander Lombard
E
WD
Jordan Smith
11
66
66
WD
Haotong Li
5
16
16
WD
Kristoffer Reitan
7
46
46
WD
Sean Crocker
7
42
42