Gran Canaria Lopesan Open R3

Higgo hits new heights

Gran Canaria 2021 R3
April 22-25
Meloneras Golf by Lopesan, Gran Canaria, Spain
€1,500,000
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Gran Canaria 2021 R3 - Higgo hits new heights
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Garrick Higgo made the most of a fast start to record a seven under par round of 63 and take a two shot lead into the final round of the 2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.


Gran Canaria 2021 R3

“I’ll take every hole as it comes (tomorrow). I will try to be aggressive if I can, but I’m just going to enjoy it. It’s a great spot to be in.”

The South African entered the day three shots off the lead, but after sinking three birdies and an eagle in his opening four holes at Meloneras Golf by Lopesan, he went on to shoot the lowest round of his European Tour career to get to 18-under par after three rounds.


Gran Canaria 2021 R3

That took him two shots clear of Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, Scotland’s Connor Syme, and Austrian Matthias Schwab, who eagled the 17th to jump into contention.

“It was an unbelievable start, but I wasn’t playing that well,” said Higgo. “It’s definitely a course where you can hit it off line. I putted well and my chipping has been great. I definitely scored very well. I didn’t play so well in terms of off the tee, but the start was unbelievable. A couple of times we were in some odd spots and I couldn’t believe where I hit it to.”

“The chip shot on ten was a tough one. I have been working hard on my short game – it hasn’t been my strong point for the last six months. It was a bit of a hit and hope, but I knew if I could get it up a little bit with some spin, I had a chance of leaving it within eight foot. It was definitely a nice touch. For sure it is one that you practice, especially around here with the tight grass. But it’s one that you don’t want to use too often.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R3

Higgo is playing just his 24th European Tour event this week but the 21-year-old has already secured his first victory – at last season’s Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos – and recorded his first top ten of the 2021 Race to Dubai last week in Austria.

England’s Sam Horsfield and Dane Jeff Winther are three shots off the lead at 15 under par while Wu Ashun of China equalled the course record set yesterday by Syme, Horsfield and Thorbjørn Olesen with his nine under par round of 61 to sit among eight players at 14 under par.


Gran Canaria 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Garrick Higgo
-18
65
64
63
192
T2
Matthieu Pavon
-16
66
64
64
194
T2
Matthias Schwab
-16
65
63
66
194
T2
Connor Syme
-16
71
61
62
194
T5
Sam Horsfield
-15
69
61
65
195
T5
Jeff Winther
-15
67
66
62
195
T7
Wil Besseling
-14
64
63
69
196
T7
Jamie Donaldson
-14
65
67
64
196
T7
Rhys Enoch
-14
65
62
69
196
T7
Joachim B. Hansen
-14
63
67
66
196
T7
Maximilian Kieffer
-14
63
65
68
196
T7
Guido Migliozzi
-14
70
64
62
196
T7
Thorbjørn Olesen
-14
65
61
70
196
T7
Ashun Wu
-14
67
68
61
196
T15
Alexander Björk
-13
67
66
64
197
T15
Dean Burmester
-13
65
67
65
197
T15
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-13
64
68
65
197
T15
Justin Harding
-13
65
67
65
197
T15
Nicolai Højgaard
-13
67
64
66
197
T15
Joost Luiten
-13
63
68
66
197
T15
Clement Sordet
-13
65
68
64
197
T22
Richard Bland
-12
64
66
68
198
T22
Aaron Cockerill
-12
71
62
65
198
T22
Niall Kearney
-12
66
68
64
198
T22
Romain Langasque
-12
67
63
68
198
T22
Benjamin Poke
-12
66
66
66
198
T22
Jack Senior
-12
66
65
67
198
T22
Darius van Driel
-12
66
65
67
198
T29
Rafa Cabrera Bello
-11
65
67
67
199
T29
Ben Evans
-11
64
67
68
199
T29
Søren Kjeldsen
-11
71
63
65
199
T29
Richie Ramsay
-11
68
65
66
199
T29
Marcel Schneider
-11
68
66
65
199
T29
Lars van Meijel
-11
66
67
66
199
T35
Pep Angles
-10
71
64
65
200
T35
Maverick Antcliff
-10
66
63
71
200
T35
Nino Bertasio
-10
69
63
68
200
T35
Jonathan Caldwell
-10
68
65
67
200
T35
Calum Hill
-10
68
66
66
200
T35
Scott Jamieson
-10
64
68
68
200
T35
Robin Roussel
-10
63
65
72
200
T42
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
-9
67
67
67
201
T42
John Catlin
-9
67
67
67
201
T42
Victor Dubuisson
-9
68
62
71
201
T42
Julien Guerrier
-9
68
67
66
201
T42
Sebastian Heisele
-9
69
66
66
201
T42
Sihwan Kim
-9
67
65
69
201
T42
Zander Lombard
-9
66
65
70
201
T42
Adrian Meronk
-9
67
68
66
201
T42
Antoine Rozner
-9
66
68
67
201
T42
Max Schmitt
-9
66
69
66
201
T42
Jordan Smith
-9
68
65
68
201
T53
Lucas Bjerregaard
-8
71
64
67
202
T53
Alejandro Cañizares
-8
70
65
67
202
T53
Ashley Chesters
-8
70
65
67
202
T53
Oliver Farr
-8
68
67
67
202
T53
Gregory Havret
-8
65
70
67
202
T53
Andrew Johnston
-8
68
63
71
202
T53
Garrick Porteous
-8
68
67
67
202
T53
Fabrizio Zanotti
-8
68
67
67
202
T61
Louis De Jager
-7
69
66
68
203
T61
Matt Ford
-7
64
66
73
203
T61
Francesco Laporta
-7
66
68
69
203
T61
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-7
65
68
70
203
T61
Oliver Wilson
-7
65
69
69
203
T66
Adri Arnaus
-6
69
66
69
204
T66
Sean Crocker
-6
67
68
69
204
T66
Paul Waring
-6
68
65
71
204
T69
Marcus Armitage
-5
69
64
72
205
T69
Berry Henson
-5
70
63
72
205
T69
James Morrison
-5
69
66
70
205
T69
Andy Sullivan
-5
70
65
70
205
T69
Justin Walters
-5
69
65
71
205
74
Richard Mansell (a)
-4
68
66
72
206
CUT
Dave Coupland
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Oliver Fisher
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Ross Fisher
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Tom Gandy
-4
67
69
136
CUT
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-4
73
63
136
CUT
Janne Kaske
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
-4
66
70
136
CUT
Richard McEvoy
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Jake McLeod
-4
66
70
136
CUT
Pedro Oriol
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Eddie Pepperell
-4
65
71
136
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-4
70
66
136
CUT
Haydn Porteous
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Kalle Samooja
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Sebastian Soderberg
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Joel Stalter
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Julian Suri
-4
64
72
136
CUT
Toby Tree
-4
68
68
136
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
-4
71
65
136
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
-4
67
69
136
CUT
Austin Bautista
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Steven Brown
-3
71
66
137
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Liam Johnston
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Lee Slattery
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Johannes Veerman
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Borja Virto
-3
66
71
137
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-2
69
69
138
CUT
David Drysdale
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Scott Fernandez
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
-2
72
66
138
CUT
Grant Forrest
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Matthew Jordan
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
-2
68
70
138
CUT
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Adrien Saddier
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Thomas Sloman
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Steven Tiley
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Dale Whitnell
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Paul Dunne
-1
68
71
139
CUT
David Law
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Alexander Levy
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Carl Suneson
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
E
67
73
140
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
69
71
140
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
E
71
69
140
CUT
Oscar Sanchez
E
69
71
140
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
1
71
70
141
CUT
Samuel Del Val
1
70
71
141
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
1
68
73
141
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
1
72
69
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
1
73
68
141
CUT
Eduard Rousaud (a)
1
72
69
141
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
2
74
68
142
CUT
David Howell
2
71
71
142
CUT
Ross McGowan
2
73
69
142
CUT
Chris Wood
2
70
72
142
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
3
76
67
143
CUT
Matthew Southgate
3
71
72
143
CUT
Peter Hanson
4
74
70
144
CUT
Andrea Pavan
6
78
68
146
CUT
Inaki Fuentes
16
83
73
156