Euram Bank Open R3

Hill in pole position to pick up second win

July 18-21
GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria
€185,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Calum Hill will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Euram Bank Open at Golf Club Adamstal as he goes in search of his second European Challenge Tour title.

Euram Bank Open R3 - Hill in pole position to pick up second win
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The 24-year-old tops the leaderboard on 14 under par after a three under par 67 on day three to sit three strokes clear of England’s Matt Ford in second place, who also carded a round of 67 to place himself right in the mix as he looks to better his tied sixth finish at Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week.

Hill is hoping to add the Euram Bank Open title to his Galgorm Resort & Spa Northern Ireland Open, presented by Modest! Golf win last year but acknowledges he will have to approach the final round differently to his maiden victory as he holds a significant lead, as opposed to a four-shot deficit which he made up in Northern Ireland.

“It’s a different position to what I was in for my last win, but it’s a bit nicer,” he said. “You’re hoping to win tomorrow rather than the previous one, which was a little bit of a shock. I’m sure it will be enjoyable, and it’ll be fun being in the last group on the final day.


“It’s really nice to have my family here this week, I like having my family’s support. It’s obviously nice having some support and having some cheers here and there. I’m having to try my best so they can have an enjoyable week as well so it’s good.”

Hill took three shots more on day three than his second round 64, but he was pleased with how he scored when he takes into account the pressure he was under as he teed off with the lead.

“I think the score was pretty good for the situation, it was a bit more pressured than a normal round,” he said.  

“Making a few pars in a row is okay; I had some putts for birdie which just weren’t dropping, and they weren’t really all that close. The tee shot on 13 is a nightmare and that’s the second time I’ve gone in that hazard on the left, unfortunately.

“It was a bit of a kickback and a bit of a pain because if you get through that hole – or even find the fairway – you’ve got a decent chance and then you’ve got a few holes in a row where you can make some birdies because they’re quite gettable.

“So that was annoying, but I managed to make a birdie on 15 which was nice so I could get back to where I was before 13 and finished with a couple of pars.

“I was a little bit aware of other people but I was just trying to play to how I think I should score around this golf course for how it sets up to my game and how I feel right now. Mostly, I was just competing with myself over the last couple of holes, as opposed to looking at the leaderboard.”

Sweden’s Pontus Widegren became the third player of the week to tie the course record with a superb bogey-free round of 62 to leap 37 places into tied third, and he sits alongside Englishman Marcus Armitage and Oliver Lindell of Finland one shot behind Ford in second place and four shots off the lead.

Then comes a group of eight players in a tie for sixth place on nine under par, headed by Portugal’s José-Filipe Lima, who signed for a five under par 65.

With the threat of thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon, the final round will be a two-tee start, with Hill joined by Ford and Widegren in the final group at 9.05am local time on the first tee.  


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
HILL Calum
SCO
-14
65
64
67
196
2
FORD Matt
ENG
-11
67
65
67
199
3
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
-10
70
65
65
200
3
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-10
66
66
68
200
3
WIDEGREN Pontus
SWE
-10
67
71
62
200
6
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
-9
70
63
68
201
6
HUIZING Daan
NED
-9
67
66
68
201
6
KARLBERG Rikard
SWE
-9
67
68
66
201
6
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-9
67
69
65
201
6
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-9
62
69
70
201
6
STALTER Joël
FRA
-9
68
65
68
201
6
TADINI Alessandro
ITA
-9
69
66
66
201
13
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
-8
65
69
68
202
13
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-8
69
67
66
202
13
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-8
68
67
67
202
13
MERONK Adrian
POL
-8
68
66
68
202
13
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-8
67
68
67
202
13
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-8
65
69
68
202
13
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-8
66
67
69
202
20
DI NITTO Enrico
ITA
-7
65
73
65
203
20
GREGORY Scott
ENG
-7
68
70
65
203
20
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-7
70
64
69
203
20
SALMINEN Mikael
FIN
-7
69
65
69
203
20
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-7
66
70
67
203
25
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
-6
65
67
72
204
25
HOLMES Evan
CAN
-6
69
66
69
204
25
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
-6
70
68
66
204
28
CARLSSON Johan
SWE
-5
68
69
68
205
28
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-5
67
67
71
205
28
MRUZEK Filip
CZE
-5
69
69
67
205
28
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-5
68
70
67
205
32
CLEMENTS Todd
ENG
-4
70
68
68
206
32
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-4
67
65
74
206
32
ITEN Marco
SUI
-4
69
67
70
206
32
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-4
68
68
70
206
32
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-4
68
71
67
206
32
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-4
67
70
69
206
32
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-4
70
67
69
206
32
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-4
70
68
68
206
32
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
-4
68
71
67
206
32
TILEY Steven
ENG
-4
67
68
71
206
42
BRUN Julien
FRA
-3
69
70
68
207
42
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-3
70
67
70
207
42
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
-3
68
70
69
207
45
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
-2
68
70
70
208
45
GAGNE Luis
CRC
-2
71
64
73
208
45
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-2
70
67
71
208
45
HANSON Chris
ENG
-2
70
69
69
208
45
MCDONALD Jack
SCO
-2
68
71
69
208
45
SPOONER Billy
ENG
-2
68
70
70
208
45
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-2
70
68
70
208
45
YOUNG Mark
ENG
-2
69
67
72
208
53
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-1
66
72
71
209
53
GASPAR Miguel
POR
-1
69
70
70
209
53
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
-1
71
67
71
209
53
LIPOLD (AM) Lukas
AUT
-1
67
70
72
209
53
REGNER (AM) Niklas
AUT
-1
70
68
71
209
53
RIU Victor
FRA
-1
72
66
71
209
53
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
-1
70
69
70
209
60
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
0
68
70
72
210
60
ERKENBECK James
USA
0
66
70
74
210
60
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
0
71
62
77
210
63
KING Gary
ENG
1
70
68
73
211
63
QUESNE Julien
FRA
1
68
71
72
211
65
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
2
66
71
75
212
66
CIANCHETTI Luca
ITA
3
74
65
74
213
66
VALASEK Peter
SVK
3
72
67
74
213
66
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
3
72
67
74
213
69
SCHULZ Felix
AUT
10
68
71
81
220