European Challenge Tour

Foshan Open 2018

October 18-21

Foshan Golf Club, Foshan City, China

$500,000

October 18-21

Foshan Golf Club, Foshan City, China

$500,000

Round 3

Perez pulls ahead in fight for Foshan glory

October 20, 2018

Victor Perez will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Foshan Open after posting a five under par 67 on Day Three in China.

Victor Perez will take a two-shot lead into the final round, © Richard Castka/sportpixgolf.com

- Richard Castka/sportpixgolf.com

The Frenchman’s five under par round moves him to 16 under in total, two shots ahead of Englishman Callum Tarren and Italian Francesco Laporta, who tied the lowest tournament score at Foshan Golf Club with a stunning 63.

Perez was tied with Tarren, Ewen Ferguson and Jack Singh Brar at the halfway stage but it was the Frenchman who broke free from the pack with a three under par front nine to draw level with Laporta, who had set the target at 14 under, before birdies on the 13th and 18th gave him the sole lead.

With 48 players shooting under par rounds on Day Three, Perez admits he knew birdies were vital to remain in contention.

“It’s hard because you know you’re in the lead but by the time you tee off you’re probably not going to be in the lead because of how the course is playing,” he said.

“It was pretty soft with hardly any wind so you know the guys are going to come out and go for it. Francesco had an unbelievable round and tied the lowest ever score for the tournament so you knew a low score was out there.

“I had to keep the foot on the gas and make a lot of birdies and I was able to do that.

“I was just trying to stick to my gameplan and do what I can. If you start looking around you can make four or five pars in a row and feel like you’re losing ground when in reality you might not be. I just tried to focus on my game and stay patient because I knew opportunities would come around at some point.”

The 26 year old is currently on a red-hot run of form on the European Challenge Tour, finishing in the top 15 in each of his last six events.

He played in the final group in last month’s Hopps Open de Provence where a closing two over par 74 curtailed his chances of winning and he insists he’ll take that experience, as well as that of his 2017 Challenge de España victory, into tomorrow’s final round.

“It’s difficult because I’ve won before on this tour and I’ve lost before on this tour, so you just try and take as much as you can,” he said.

“There’s so much you think you control but there’s actually so little. I have to go out and try and do as well as I can. There are too many guys on the course and the course is playing too soft to second guess it.”

With a spot in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah top 15 well within his sights, Perez insists despite being unable to ignore the pressure, he has more interest in the continued improvement of his game.

“We’re getting to the end of the season but I know there’s another opportunity next week," he said. "I know my level of play is there and it has improved over the course of the year, which is what I’m really trying to focus on, more so than the results.

“If I keep focussing on improving my game and giving myself chances then I’ll be where I need to be.”

Laporta’s stunning 63, which included seven back nine birdies, means he will play in the final group alongside Perez and Tarren on Sunday. The duo sit on 14 under and a shot behind are Ferguson, Singh Brar and Oscar Lengden as well as Adrian Meronk and Max Orrin, both of whom shot five under par rounds of 67.

Seven players are a shot further back on 12 under, including Scot Robert MacIntyre who carded a bogey-free 64, with three more players on 11 under par.

The final round will begin at 7.29am local time on Sunday October 21, while the leading three will begin at 11.15am local time.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
PEREZ, Victor
-16
68
65
67
200
2
LAPORTA, Francesco
-14
70
69
63
202
TARREN, Callum
-14
65
68
69
202
4
FERGUSON, Ewen
-13
69
64
70
203
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-13
63
70
70
203
MERONK, Adrian
-13
70
66
67
203
ORRIN, Max
-13
69
67
67
203
LENGDEN, Oscar
-13
65
70
68
203
9
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-12
68
69
67
204
CROCKER, Sean
-12
72
64
68
204
WILSON, Jack
-12
69
66
69
204
MEJOW, Philipp
-12
66
71
67
204
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-12
66
71
67
204
WILSON, Oliver
-12
67
71
66
204
MACINTYRE, Robert
-12
68
72
64
204
16
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-11
68
66
71
205
LEMKE, Niklas
-11
70
69
66
205
HILL, Calum
-11
68
71
66
205
19
ECCLES, Ben
-10
69
66
71
206
LAW, David
-10
66
68
72
206
GEYGER, Nico
-10
65
70
71
206
LANGASQUE, Romain
-10
70
70
66
206
HOEY, Michael
-10
70
69
67
206
24
TILEY, Steven
-9
71
68
68
207
ARNAUS, Adri
-9
70
70
67
207
BESSELING, Wil
-9
69
71
67
207
KIM, Minkyu
-9
68
71
68
207
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-9
69
72
66
207
GIRRBACH, Joel
-9
71
70
66
207
LUO, Xuewen
-9
70
70
67
207
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-9
70
71
66
207
32
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-8
67
70
71
208
VIRTO, Borja
-8
72
67
69
208
KARLSSON, Anton
-8
70
68
70
208
CAO, Yi
-8
67
71
70
208
EVANS, Ben
-8
75
64
69
208
ITEN, Marco
-8
68
73
67
208
38
MANLEY, Stuart
-7
69
68
72
209
YE, Jianfeng
-7
67
69
73
209
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-7
66
71
72
209
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-7
70
68
71
209
CHEN, Zihao
-7
67
71
71
209
BEKKER, Oliver
-7
71
68
70
209
ROZNER, Antoine
-7
68
71
70
209
JUNG, Sunil
-7
68
71
70
209
BAN, Shotaro
-7
72
67
70
209
LEE, Beon Yeong
-7
72
69
68
209
48
LIMA, José-Filipe
-6
69
69
72
210
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-6
65
72
73
210
OUYANG, Zheng
-6
68
69
73
210
McGOWAN, Ross
-6
70
71
69
210
52
FORREST, Grant
-5
70
69
72
211
STOW, Ben
-5
72
68
71
211
54
MACPHERSON, Bryden
-4
73
68
71
212
CHEN, Dinggen
-4
68
73
71
212
FAN, Shiyu
-4
70
70
72
212
LIANG (AM), Enqi
-4
72
69
71
212
58
FENASSE, Mathieu
-3
70
69
74
213
PERRIER, Damien
-3
68
73
72
213
60
WU, Hongfu
-2
70
69
75
214
PHADUNGSIL, Chinnarat
-2
72
69
73
214
62
SU, Dong
1
70
71
76
217
WU, Tuxuan
1
68
72
77
217
64
SENIOR, Jack
-2
75
67
-
142
ZHANG, Huilin
-2
70
72
-
142
CHEN, Xiaozhong
-2
74
68
-
142
MA, Chengyao
-2
70
72
-
142
LAWSON, Deyen
-2
67
75
-
142
WANG, Dongyu
-2
68
74
-
142
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-2
74
68
-
142
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-2
72
70
-
142
LIN, K.P.
-2
69
73
-
142
73
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-1
73
70
-
143
TOOMEY, Luke
-1
69
74
-
143
HE, Shaocai
-1
72
71
-
143
HUANG, Wenyi
-1
72
71
-
143
PARK, Sunghyuk
-1
71
72
-
143
KIMSEY, Nathan
-1
70
73
-
143
CHAO, Haimeng
-1
71
72
-
143
PERRY, Mathew
-1
72
71
-
143
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
-1
72
71
-
143
SHE, Zihan
-1
74
69
-
143
COHEN, Maxwell
-1
72
71
-
143
CHIEN, Sam
-1
71
72
-
143
LEE, Chieh-po
-1
70
73
-
143
HUIZING, Daan
-1
70
73
-
143
87
IWAI, Ryoma
Par
68
76
-
144
MURRAY, Tom
Par
74
70
-
144
JIN, Daxing
Par
74
70
-
144
ARMITAGE, Marcus
Par
72
72
-
144
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
Par
70
74
-
144
FORD, Matt
Par
75
69
-
144
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
Par
72
72
-
144
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
Par
72
72
-
144
95
WANG, Xu
1
71
74
-
145
SJÖHOLM, Joel
1
77
68
-
145
ZHU, Weiyu
1
73
72
-
145
HENRY, Scott
1
71
74
-
145
HAK, Shun Yat
1
70
75
-
145
XING, Yixin
1
71
74
-
145
101
GAGLI, Lorenzo
2
74
72
-
146
LEON, Hugo
2
75
71
-
146
YANG, Yinong
2
74
72
-
146
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
2
73
73
-
146
XIAO, Bowen
2
71
75
-
146
LIN (AM), Yuxin
2
73
73
-
146
HU, Diandian
2
74
72
-
146
108
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
3
71
76
-
147
ZHUANG, Zhu
3
69
78
-
147
110
MI, Yiyuan
4
77
71
-
148
111
ZHOU, Guowu
5
75
74
-
149
LIU, Zehao
5
71
78
-
149
JOHNSTON, Liam
5
75
74
-
149
LEE, Kevin
5
76
73
-
149
ZHANG, Changlei
5
77
72
-
149
HE, Zeming
5
76
73
-
149
117
BELT, Alex
6
74
76
-
150
ZEMMER, Aron
6
72
78
-
150
119
ZHI, Shang
7
76
75
-
151
120
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
8
77
75
-
152
121
HUANG (AM), Jia pei
20
79
85
-
164
122
LIN (AM), Yuhsuan
45
92
97
-
189
W/D
BAEK, Todd
5
77
-
-
-
W/D
YOON, Sejun
1
73
-
-
-
DISQ
KANG, Jeffrey
4
76
-
-
-
RETD
WILKIN, Fraser
6
6
-
-
-
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
1
PEREZ, Victor
-16
67
200
2
LAPORTA, Francesco
-14
63
202
TARREN, Callum
-14
69
202
4
FERGUSON, Ewen
-13
70
203
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-13
70
203
MERONK, Adrian
-13
67
203
ORRIN, Max
-13
67
203
LENGDEN, Oscar
-13
68
203
9
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-12
67
204
CROCKER, Sean
-12
68
204
WILSON, Jack
-12
69
204
MEJOW, Philipp
-12
67
204
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-12
67
204
WILSON, Oliver
-12
66
204
MACINTYRE, Robert
-12
64
204
16
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-11
71
205
LEMKE, Niklas
-11
66
205
HILL, Calum
-11
66
205
19
ECCLES, Ben
-10
71
206
LAW, David
-10
72
206
GEYGER, Nico
-10
71
206
LANGASQUE, Romain
-10
66
206
HOEY, Michael
-10
67
206
24
TILEY, Steven
-9
68
207
ARNAUS, Adri
-9
67
207
BESSELING, Wil
-9
67
207
KIM, Minkyu
-9
68
207
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-9
66
207
GIRRBACH, Joel
-9
66
207
LUO, Xuewen
-9
67
207
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-9
66
207
32
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-8
71
208
VIRTO, Borja
-8
69
208
KARLSSON, Anton
-8
70
208
CAO, Yi
-8
70
208
EVANS, Ben
-8
69
208
ITEN, Marco
-8
67
208
38
MANLEY, Stuart
-7
72
209
YE, Jianfeng
-7
73
209
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-7
72
209
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-7
71
209
CHEN, Zihao
-7
71
209
BEKKER, Oliver
-7
70
209
ROZNER, Antoine
-7
70
209
JUNG, Sunil
-7
70
209
BAN, Shotaro
-7
70
209
LEE, Beon Yeong
-7
68
209
48
LIMA, José-Filipe
-6
72
210
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-6
73
210
OUYANG, Zheng
-6
73
210
McGOWAN, Ross
-6
69
210
52
FORREST, Grant
-5
72
211
STOW, Ben
-5
71
211
54
MACPHERSON, Bryden
-4
71
212
CHEN, Dinggen
-4
71
212
FAN, Shiyu
-4
72
212
LIANG (AM), Enqi
-4
71
212
58
FENASSE, Mathieu
-3
74
213
PERRIER, Damien
-3
72
213
60
WU, Hongfu
-2
75
214
PHADUNGSIL, Chinnarat
-2
73
214
62
SU, Dong
1
76
217
WU, Tuxuan
1
77
217
64
SENIOR, Jack
-2
-
142
ZHANG, Huilin
-2
-
142
CHEN, Xiaozhong
-2
-
142
MA, Chengyao
-2
-
142
LAWSON, Deyen
-2
-
142
WANG, Dongyu
-2
-
142
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-2
-
142
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-2
-
142
LIN, K.P.
-2
-
142
73
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-1
-
143
TOOMEY, Luke
-1
-
143
HE, Shaocai
-1
-
143
HUANG, Wenyi
-1
-
143
PARK, Sunghyuk
-1
-
143
KIMSEY, Nathan
-1
-
143
CHAO, Haimeng
-1
-
143
PERRY, Mathew
-1
-
143
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
-1
-
143
SHE, Zihan
-1
-
143
COHEN, Maxwell
-1
-
143
CHIEN, Sam
-1
-
143
LEE, Chieh-po
-1
-
143
HUIZING, Daan
-1
-
143
87
IWAI, Ryoma
Par
-
144
MURRAY, Tom
Par
-
144
JIN, Daxing
Par
-
144
ARMITAGE, Marcus
Par
-
144
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
Par
-
144
FORD, Matt
Par
-
144
ZHANG, Zi-Hong
Par
-
144
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
Par
-
144
95
WANG, Xu
1
-
145
SJÖHOLM, Joel
1
-
145
ZHU, Weiyu
1
-
145
HENRY, Scott
1
-
145
HAK, Shun Yat
1
-
145
XING, Yixin
1
-
145
101
GAGLI, Lorenzo
2
-
146
LEON, Hugo
2
-
146
YANG, Yinong
2
-
146
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
2
-
146
XIAO, Bowen
2
-
146
LIN (AM), Yuxin
2
-
146
HU, Diandian
2
-
146
108
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
3
-
147
ZHUANG, Zhu
3
-
147
110
MI, Yiyuan
4
-
148
111
ZHOU, Guowu
5
-
149
LIU, Zehao
5
-
149
JOHNSTON, Liam
5
-
149
LEE, Kevin
5
-
149
ZHANG, Changlei
5
-
149
HE, Zeming
5
-
149
117
BELT, Alex
6
-
150
ZEMMER, Aron
6
-
150
119
ZHI, Shang
7
-
151
120
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
8
-
152
121
HUANG (AM), Jia pei
20
-
164
122
LIN (AM), Yuhsuan
45
-
189
W/D
BAEK, Todd
5
-
-
W/D
YOON, Sejun
1
-
-
DISQ
KANG, Jeffrey
4
-
-
RETD
WILKIN, Fraser
6
-
-