European Challenge Tour

Hainan Open 2018

October 11-14

Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan, China

$350,000

October 11-14

Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, Sanya, Hainan, China

$350,000

Round 3

Gritty Samooja leads by two in Hainan

October 13, 2018

Kalle Samooja will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Hainan Open after posting a one under par 71 in testing conditions on Day Three at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club.

Gritty Samooja leads by two in Hainan, © Hainan Sports

- Hainan Sports

As temperatures hit the mid-thirties and crosswinds began to swirl on the coast of Hainan, the Finn stuck to his task to post a 14 under par total and in doing so held off the chasing Grant Forrest and Niklas Lemke, who sit on 12 under par and 11 under par, respectively, and will play in the final group with Samooja on Sunday.

After impressing with flurries of birdies on the opening two days, Samooja showed calmness and determination to post a contrasting, but equally as impressive, type of round on Saturday with three birdies and a pair of bogeys the only colour on an otherwise non-eventful card.

The 30 year old admitted to being pleased with his day’s work and is happy with his two-shot cushion ahead of the final 18 holes.

“The front nine wasn’t that windy but the wind really picked up on that back nine,” he said. “It was tough and I thought I played the back nine pretty well.

“You just had to take it shot-by-shot and hole those putts. You had to hit the long putts close and move on and I think that’s what I did.

“The last three holes it was really, really tough playing into the wind and even before that it was tough playing in crosswinds.

“It was tough but I think we all played pretty well in my group – it helps when the others are playing well. You can’t think forward too much because then you get in trouble. You just have to go with your game plan and stick to each shot.”

Samooja will begin his quest for his maiden European Challenge Tour title at 10.15am local time on Sunday and despite recognising the strengths of Forrest and Lemke, his playing partners, he insists he’ll be focussing on his own game.

“It helps a little bit seeing Grant today but I’m trying to do my own job,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll make a couple of birdies early in the round so everybody has to catch me and I don’t go backwards.

“The other guys will be hoping to have a fast start and catch me early so I’m going to need a fast start as well. Niklas is in good form, he’s been playing well, he’s a long hitter and this course suits long hitters so I can’t hold back at all tomorrow. That’s my gameplan.

“The key to doing well tomorrow is to remain calm and keep doing what I’m doing. There aren’t many things I can change or even want to do. I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing: morning gym session and then get ready for my round. Hopefully I’ll be 100 per cent ready to do well.”

Australian Troy Moses sits a shot behind Lemke on ten under par while Sean Crocker and Calum Hill are tied fifth on eight under.

A chasing pack of six players are a shot further back on seven under while Eirik Tage Johansen and David Law, who posted the low round of the day with a five under par 67, end Day Three on six under par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-14
65
66
71
202
2
FORREST, Grant
-12
62
72
70
204
3
LEMKE, Niklas
-11
68
67
70
205
4
MOSES, Troy
-10
68
69
69
206
5
CROCKER, Sean
-8
68
68
72
208
HILL, Calum
-8
68
72
68
208
7
ARNAUS, Adri
-7
72
66
71
209
GEYGER, Nico
-7
68
67
74
209
ECCLES, Ben
-7
70
68
71
209
SENIOR, Jack
-7
68
71
70
209
PEREZ, Victor
-7
68
73
68
209
WILKIN, Fraser
-7
70
68
71
209
13
LAW, David
-6
73
70
67
210
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-6
68
72
70
210
15
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-5
68
72
71
211
MCBRIDE, Kade
-5
69
69
73
211
LEON, Hugo
-5
69
72
70
211
18
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
71
69
72
212
MERONK, Adrian
-4
69
69
74
212
WILSON, Jack
-4
70
68
74
212
HUIZING, Daan
-4
73
70
69
212
22
FERGUSON, Ewen
-3
69
70
74
213
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-3
68
71
74
213
MINAMOTO, Yusuke
-3
70
70
73
213
FORD, Matt
-3
67
70
76
213
LAPORTA, Francesco
-3
69
71
73
213
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-3
69
72
72
213
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-3
70
70
73
213
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
67
74
72
213
MACINTYRE, Robert
-3
70
71
72
213
MURRAY, Tom
-3
68
73
72
213
32
BESSELING, Wil
-2
68
71
75
214
HOEY, Michael
-2
70
70
74
214
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-2
68
72
74
214
ROZNER, Antoine
-2
68
73
73
214
LUO, Xuewen
-2
67
73
74
214
HENRY, Scott
-2
72
72
70
214
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
72
71
71
214
39
SU, Dong
-1
71
67
77
215
ITEN, Marco
-1
69
71
75
215
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-1
70
71
74
215
MUENLEK, Panuwat
-1
73
70
72
215
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-1
72
72
71
215
MEJOW, Philipp
-1
70
73
72
215
GIRRBACH, Joel
-1
73
71
71
215
46
ORRIN, Max
Par
73
70
73
216
WILSON, Oliver
Par
73
69
74
216
HANSEN, Joachim B.
Par
68
71
77
216
LEE, Kevin
Par
72
71
73
216
50
TILEY, Steven
1
69
72
76
217
STOW, Ben
1
71
70
76
217
SINGH BRAR, Jack
1
72
72
73
217
ZHUANG, Zhu
1
72
72
73
217
54
ARMITAGE, Marcus
2
75
67
76
218
BEKKER, Oliver
2
71
72
75
218
EVANS, Ben
2
72
72
74
218
SJÖHOLM, Joel
2
70
74
74
218
58
YE, Jianfeng
3
73
69
77
219
59
OVESEN, Martin
4
72
71
77
220
60
MACPHERSON, Bryden
5
73
71
77
221
61
KIM, Minkyu
6
71
71
80
222
62
LENGDEN, Oscar
7
71
72
80
223
63
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
9
70
73
82
225
64
MA, Chengyao
1
71
74
-
145
KARLSSON, Anton
1
75
70
-
145
WU, Hongfu
1
71
74
-
145
SHE, Zihan
1
75
70
-
145
LI (AM), Linqiang
1
73
72
-
145
OUYANG, Zheng
1
74
71
-
145
VIRTO, Borja
1
73
72
-
145
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
1
70
75
-
145
HU, Diandian
1
72
73
-
145
MANLEY, Stuart
1
72
73
-
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
74
71
-
145
75
McGOWAN, Ross
2
71
75
-
146
SATO, Hidetomo
2
73
73
-
146
JIN, Daxing
2
73
73
-
146
YANG, Yinong
2
73
73
-
146
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
72
74
-
146
80
ZHANG, Changlei
3
73
74
-
147
BELT, Alex
3
77
70
-
147
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
3
71
76
-
147
LEE, Jaewon
3
74
73
-
147
KNAPPE, Alexander
3
71
76
-
147
KIM, Euiin
3
71
76
-
147
86
FAN, Shiyu
4
75
73
-
148
ZHI, Shang
4
74
74
-
148
LIN, Wei
4
76
72
-
148
ZHANG, Huilin
4
72
76
-
148
90
PARK, Sunghyuk
5
73
76
-
149
LIMA, José-Filipe
5
76
73
-
149
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
5
77
72
-
149
LIANG, Dingfeng
5
72
77
-
149
YAO, Xuefeng
5
73
76
-
149
CHAO, Haimeng
5
76
73
-
149
96
PERRY, Mathew
6
75
75
-
150
PERRIER, Damien
6
72
78
-
150
GAGLI, Lorenzo
6
73
77
-
150
XING, Yixin
6
75
75
-
150
LANGASQUE, Romain
6
78
72
-
150
PYO, Sukmin
6
79
71
-
150
102
INOUE, Koji
7
73
78
-
151
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
7
77
74
-
151
CHEN, Jian
7
76
75
-
151
105
FENG, Delun
9
77
76
-
153
YAO, Yu
9
76
77
-
153
MA(AM), Bingwen
9
75
78
-
153
108
HUANG, Mingjie
10
78
76
-
154
ZHU, Weiyu
10
77
77
-
154
110
JIANG, Wei
11
78
77
-
155
CHEN (AM), Guxin
11
77
78
-
155
SONG, Chao
11
75
80
-
155
XU, Qin
11
75
80
-
155
114
CHEN (AM), Haolong
12
77
79
-
156
KIM, Beomsoo
12
74
82
-
156
116
LIU (AM), Enhua
13
82
75
-
157
MI, Yiyuan
13
77
80
-
157
118
LIAO, Guiming
14
75
83
-
158
YIN, Yongxuan
14
78
80
-
158
120
LIANG, Zheng
16
74
86
-
160
TAO, Yuezu
16
77
83
-
160
122
YI, Bo
20
78
86
-
164
DISQ
CHEN, Dinggen
-
-
-
-
-
RETD
LI, Tao
5
5
-
-
-
DISQ
XING, Zhi
2
2
-
-
-
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
1
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-14
71
202
2
FORREST, Grant
-12
70
204
3
LEMKE, Niklas
-11
70
205
4
MOSES, Troy
-10
69
206
5
CROCKER, Sean
-8
72
208
HILL, Calum
-8
68
208
7
ARNAUS, Adri
-7
71
209
GEYGER, Nico
-7
74
209
ECCLES, Ben
-7
71
209
SENIOR, Jack
-7
70
209
PEREZ, Victor
-7
68
209
WILKIN, Fraser
-7
71
209
13
LAW, David
-6
67
210
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-6
70
210
15
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-5
71
211
MCBRIDE, Kade
-5
73
211
LEON, Hugo
-5
70
211
18
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
72
212
MERONK, Adrian
-4
74
212
WILSON, Jack
-4
74
212
HUIZING, Daan
-4
69
212
22
FERGUSON, Ewen
-3
74
213
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-3
74
213
MINAMOTO, Yusuke
-3
73
213
FORD, Matt
-3
76
213
LAPORTA, Francesco
-3
73
213
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-3
72
213
PRATEEPTIENCHAI, Suteepat
-3
73
213
JOHNSTON, Liam
-3
72
213
MACINTYRE, Robert
-3
72
213
MURRAY, Tom
-3
72
213
32
BESSELING, Wil
-2
75
214
HOEY, Michael
-2
74
214
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-2
74
214
ROZNER, Antoine
-2
73
214
LUO, Xuewen
-2
74
214
HENRY, Scott
-2
70
214
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-2
71
214
39
SU, Dong
-1
77
215
ITEN, Marco
-1
75
215
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-1
74
215
MUENLEK, Panuwat
-1
72
215
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-1
71
215
MEJOW, Philipp
-1
72
215
GIRRBACH, Joel
-1
71
215
46
ORRIN, Max
Par
73
216
WILSON, Oliver
Par
74
216
HANSEN, Joachim B.
Par
77
216
LEE, Kevin
Par
73
216
50
TILEY, Steven
1
76
217
STOW, Ben
1
76
217
SINGH BRAR, Jack
1
73
217
ZHUANG, Zhu
1
73
217
54
ARMITAGE, Marcus
2
76
218
BEKKER, Oliver
2
75
218
EVANS, Ben
2
74
218
SJÖHOLM, Joel
2
74
218
58
YE, Jianfeng
3
77
219
59
OVESEN, Martin
4
77
220
60
MACPHERSON, Bryden
5
77
221
61
KIM, Minkyu
6
80
222
62
LENGDEN, Oscar
7
80
223
63
BRANDT-RICHARDS, Dale
9
82
225
64
MA, Chengyao
1
-
145
KARLSSON, Anton
1
-
145
WU, Hongfu
1
-
145
SHE, Zihan
1
-
145
LI (AM), Linqiang
1
-
145
OUYANG, Zheng
1
-
145
VIRTO, Borja
1
-
145
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
1
-
145
HU, Diandian
1
-
145
MANLEY, Stuart
1
-
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
-
145
75
McGOWAN, Ross
2
-
146
SATO, Hidetomo
2
-
146
JIN, Daxing
2
-
146
YANG, Yinong
2
-
146
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
2
-
146
80
ZHANG, Changlei
3
-
147
BELT, Alex
3
-
147
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
3
-
147
LEE, Jaewon
3
-
147
KNAPPE, Alexander
3
-
147
KIM, Euiin
3
-
147
86
FAN, Shiyu
4
-
148
ZHI, Shang
4
-
148
LIN, Wei
4
-
148
ZHANG, Huilin
4
-
148
90
PARK, Sunghyuk
5
-
149
LIMA, José-Filipe
5
-
149
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
5
-
149
LIANG, Dingfeng
5
-
149
YAO, Xuefeng
5
-
149
CHAO, Haimeng
5
-
149
96
PERRY, Mathew
6
-
150
PERRIER, Damien
6
-
150
GAGLI, Lorenzo
6
-
150
XING, Yixin
6
-
150
LANGASQUE, Romain
6
-
150
PYO, Sukmin
6
-
150
102
INOUE, Koji
7
-
151
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
7
-
151
CHEN, Jian
7
-
151
105
FENG, Delun
9
-
153
YAO, Yu
9
-
153
MA(AM), Bingwen
9
-
153
108
HUANG, Mingjie
10
-
154
ZHU, Weiyu
10
-
154
110
JIANG, Wei
11
-
155
CHEN (AM), Guxin
11
-
155
SONG, Chao
11
-
155
XU, Qin
11
-
155
114
CHEN (AM), Haolong
12
-
156
KIM, Beomsoo
12
-
156
116
LIU (AM), Enhua
13
-
157
MI, Yiyuan
13
-
157
118
LIAO, Guiming
14
-
158
YIN, Yongxuan
14
-
158
120
LIANG, Zheng
16
-
160
TAO, Yuezu
16
-
160
122
YI, Bo
20
-
164
DISQ
CHEN, Dinggen
-
-
-
RETD
LI, Tao
5
-
-
DISQ
XING, Zhi
2
-
-