Hero Open R3

Sam Horsfield to take slender lead into final round

July 30 – August 02
Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, England
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Hero Open 2020 R3 -
Sam Horsfield is still in the box seat despite his back-nine stumble (Mike Egerton/PA)


Sam Horsfield will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the Hero Open despite a stumbling finish to his third round in Birmingham.


After holding a share of the overnight lead heading into the weekend, the Englishman made five birdies on the front nine to storm into a six-shot lead and looked in total control at Forest of Arden.

But he would make just one gain on the way home, giving up three bogeys and a double to sign for a 71 and a 14 under total that left him one shot ahead of Wales’ Oliver Farr, Dane Rasmus Hojgaard and Finn Mikko Korhonen.



Horsfield has long been tipped as a star of the future by European Ryder Cup talisman Ian Poulter, and he looked set for a convincing first European Tour win as he produced his stunning display over the first seven holes.

He will now face some stiff competition after his back nine of 40 but the 23-year-old was philosophical following a closing par that kept his nose in front.


“My caddie just said to me coming off the 18th green, ‘if someone would have said to you on Thursday you can have a one shot lead going into Sunday, you would take it’,” he told europeantour.com.

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“I’ve made it a little bit harder for myself from the position I was in but I’m still looking forward to tomorrow, it’ll be a lot of fun.

“I got off to a good start and then 10, I don’t know what happened there, then I hit a bad drive down 12 and my timing got a little off, I got a little quick and it got stuck behind me. I felt it on a few shots but I’m still in a good position for tomorrow.”

Farr is also searching for a first European Tour win at nine years Horsfield’s senior, and he was hopeful his three victories on the second-tier Challenge Tour would hold him in good stead after a bogey-free 67.

“It’s a nice position to be in going into a Sunday,” he said. “Played really nicely today, I’m more pleased about that to be honest.

Hero Open 2020 R3 - Sam Horsfield to take slender lead into final round
Oliver Farr is in contention (Mike Egerton/PA)


“I try and treat it as another tournament. I played a lot on the Challenge Tour and have been in contention out there. It’s a bit of a step up being on the European Tour but I’ll try and treat it as another tournament and a position I’ve been in before.”

Korhonen matched Farr with a 67, while 19-year-old Hojgaard went one better with a 66.

England’s Chris Paisley was at 12 under, a shot clear of countryman Richard Bland.






Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Sam Horsfield
-14
68
63
71
202
T2
Oliver Farr
-13
65
71
67
203
T2
Rasmus Højgaard
-13
66
71
66
203
T2
Mikko Korhonen
-13
67
69
67
203
T5
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-12
62
69
73
204
T5
Chris Paisley
-12
70
68
66
204
T7
Alexander Björk
-11
68
67
70
205
T7
Richard Bland
-11
70
68
67
205
T7
Thomas Detry
-11
67
67
71
205
T7
Joachim B. Hansen
-11
68
71
66
205
T7
Benjamin Hebert
-11
69
70
66
205
T7
Matthieu Pavon
-11
69
67
69
205
T7
Antoine Rozner
-11
68
67
70
205
T14
Niklas Lemke
-10
70
72
64
206
T14
Robert Rock
-10
71
69
66
206
T14
Joel Sjoholm
-10
70
68
68
206
T17
Marcus Armitage
-9
72
68
67
207
T17
Laurie Canter
-9
67
72
68
207
T17
Maximilian Kieffer
-9
71
69
67
207
T20
Sean Crocker
-8
67
75
66
208
T20
Jamie Donaldson
-8
72
68
68
208
T20
Ross Fisher
-8
70
71
67
208
T20
Andy Sullivan
-8
70
70
68
208
T24
Ashley Chesters
-7
66
72
71
209
T24
Louis De Jager
-7
74
66
69
209
T24
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-7
73
68
68
209
T24
Grant Forrest
-7
69
68
72
209
T24
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-7
64
72
73
209
T24
Pablo Larrazabal
-7
64
75
70
209
T24
Renato Paratore
-7
70
70
69
209
T24
Aaron Rai
-7
71
68
70
209
T24
Kalle Samooja
-7
68
69
72
209
T24
Jason Scrivener
-7
69
69
71
209
T24
Callum Shinkwin
-7
68
69
72
209
T24
Joël Stalter
-7
67
71
71
209
T36
Wil Besseling
-6
67
70
73
210
T36
Rhys Enoch
-6
68
72
70
210
T36
Ryan Fox
-6
70
72
68
210
T36
Julien Guerrier
-6
68
71
71
210
T36
Rikard Karlberg
-6
68
71
71
210
T36
Sihwan Kim
-6
67
71
72
210
T36
Alexander Levy
-6
67
69
74
210
T36
Ricardo Santos
-6
70
69
71
210
T36
Cormac Sharvin
-6
70
67
73
210
T36
Matthew Southgate
-6
67
74
69
210
T46
Dave Coupland
-5
68
72
71
211
T46
Benjamin Poke
-5
72
70
69
211
T46
Richie Ramsay
-5
69
68
74
211
T49
Thomas Bjørn
-4
71
71
70
212
T49
Scott Jamieson
-4
71
71
70
212
T49
Marcel Schneider
-4
73
67
72
212
T49
Ben Stow
-4
70
71
71
212
T53
Steven Brown
-3
71
71
71
213
T53
John Catlin
-3
71
70
72
213
T53
Ben Evans
-3
72
70
71
213
T53
Romain Langasque
-3
69
72
72
213
T53
Richard McEvoy
-3
69
72
72
213
T53
Lee Slattery
-3
70
71
72
213
T53
Clement Sordet
-3
69
72
72
213
T53
Johannes Veerman
-3
75
66
72
213
T61
David Horsey
-2
71
71
72
214
T61
Carlos Pigem
-2
69
69
76
214
T61
Garrick Porteous
-2
70
72
72
214
T61
Steven Tiley
-2
72
67
75
214
T61
Darius van Driel
-2
69
71
74
214
T66
Maverick Antcliff
-1
72
70
73
215
T66
Michael Campbell
-1
71
71
73
215
T66
Søren Kjeldsen
-1
70
71
74
215
T69
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
70
71
75
216
T69
Connor Syme
E
67
75
74
216
71
Dale Whitnell
1
69
72
76
217
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
-1
73
70
143
CUT
David Drysdale
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Jack Senior
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Scott Vincent
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Justin Walters
-1
66
77
143
CUT
Lars van Meijel
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
E
75
69
144
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
E
73
71
144
CUT
Paul Dunne
E
74
70
144
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
E
75
69
144
CUT
Ross McGowan
E
71
73
144
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
E
73
71
144
CUT
Robin Roussel
E
67
77
144
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
E
70
74
144
CUT
Max Schmitt
E
72
72
144
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
E
76
68
144
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
E
73
71
144
CUT
Oliver Fisher
1
72
73
145
CUT
Justin Harding
1
70
75
145
CUT
Paul Hendriksen
1
70
75
145
CUT
David Howell
1
73
72
145
CUT
Joost Luiten
1
71
74
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
1
70
75
145
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
1
74
71
145
CUT
Julian Suri
1
72
73
145
CUT
Dean Burmester
2
75
71
146
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
2
74
72
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
2
68
78
146
CUT
Daan Huizing
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
2
74
72
146
CUT
Marco Penge
2
69
77
146
CUT
Haydn Porteous
2
73
73
146
CUT
Adrien Saddier
2
74
72
146
CUT
Min Woo Lee
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
3
71
76
147
CUT
Bryce Easton
3
75
72
147
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
3
73
74
147
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
3
80
67
147
CUT
Adrian Meronk
3
75
72
147
CUT
Marc Warren
3
74
73
147
CUT
Oliver Wilson
3
71
76
147
CUT
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
4
73
75
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
4
75
73
148
CUT
David Law
4
76
72
148
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
4
70
78
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
4
70
78
148
CUT
Matthew Jordan
5
74
75
149
CUT
James Morrison
5
77
72
149
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
6
77
73
150
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
6
79
71
150
CUT
Jeff Winther
6
76
74
150
CUT
Calum Hill
7
72
79
151
CUT
Scott Hend
8
73
79
152
CUT
Brandon Stone
8
73
79
152
CUT
Graeme Storm
8
79
73
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
12
73
83
156
CUT
Andrea Pavan
14
76
82
158
WD
Toby Tree
2
74
74
WD
Eddie Pepperell
4
76
76
WD
Joakim Lagergren
E
77
8
85