European Challenge Tour

Hopps Open de Provence 2018

September 20-24

Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France

€200,000

September 20-24

Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France

€200,000

Round 3

Perez poised for home victory in France

September 22, 2018

Victor Perez came from seven shots behind to lead by one in his homeland at the end of round three at the Hopps Open de Provence.

Perez poised for home victory in France , © Golfsupport.nl

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Perez carded a four under par round of 68 in windy conditions to move in-front on home soil and increase his chance of becoming the first French winner on the European Challenge Tour this season.

The players were met with 25 miles per hour winds, but Perez, who won the 2017 Challenge de España, navigated the conditions and followed up his opening rounds of 72-64 with another sub-70 round to go into the final round with a one stroke lead.

A bogey on the first hole was Perez’s only blemish on his front nine, carding three birdies alongside five pars to move him into the chasing pack. He continued the charge towards the top with two more gains and a bogey in his first three holes after the turn.

With overnight leader Matt Ford struggling in the wind and dropping back, Perez seized his opportunity as he birdied 14 and 16 to lead by two shots. Even with a bogey on the last, which brought the chasing pack within a stroke, Perez was delighted to top the leaderboard after a testing day at Golf International de Pont Royal.

“I’m really pleased. It was a grind for everyone today and it was one of those days where you didn’t know how it would turn out,” he said. “You had to have a bit of luck with the gusts and the wind and I felt I had a good round. Now I’ll take the lead going into tomorrow, which will be a good test for me.

“Saving a lot of energy on the first two days allowed me to be patient and make the right decisions today, and it turned out to be a key day. I think it was quite easy to lose it by shooting three or four over, so I’m really pleased going into tomorrow.

“Patience is key around here. The pins were quite tight and sometimes you had to take your medicine and hit the fat side of the green, leaving yourself 30-35 foot and a hard two-putt. You knew the holes were going to be a grind today with a long two-putt, so if you ended up squeezing the distance by half and giving yourself a look at the hole, then it was a bonus.

“I try to treat every week the same, which is the best way to focus. Obviously, there is going to be a bit more pressure being on home soil but I’m going to go out and execute my game plan and see where it takes me.”

The 26 year old is one stroke ahead of Joel Girrbach, Joel Sjöholm and Ford, who shot a disappointing round of 76, four over par. Girrbach and Sjöholm, who both have Challenge Tour victories under their belts, shot rounds of 67 and 69, respectively. Fellow Frenchman Romain Langasque makes up the top five and remains in contention on home soil, as he lies two shots off Perez.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
PEREZ, Victor
-12
72
64
68
204
2
FORD, Matt
-11
69
60
76
205
GIRRBACH, Joel
-11
69
69
67
205
SJÖHOLM, Joel
-11
68
68
69
205
5
LANGASQUE, Romain
-10
66
69
71
206
6
SENIOR, Jack
-8
70
66
72
208
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-8
70
70
68
208
8
LEON, Hugo
-7
67
67
75
209
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-7
65
71
73
209
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-7
77
65
67
209
LAW, David
-7
70
66
73
209
12
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-6
68
69
73
210
MICHAEL, Anthony
-6
68
69
73
210
KAKKO, Roope
-6
66
70
74
210
ROUSSEL, Robin
-6
72
67
71
210
16
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-5
68
72
71
211
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
66
69
76
211
TADINI, Alessandro
-5
71
68
72
211
19
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-4
70
71
71
212
LEMKE, Niklas
-4
71
71
70
212
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
72
70
70
212
GEYGER, Nico
-4
73
70
69
212
23
ARNAUS, Adri
-3
69
69
75
213
FORREST, Grant
-3
70
68
75
213
CARLSSON, Johan
-3
71
71
71
213
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
-3
70
72
71
213
MANLEY, Stuart
-3
72
70
71
213
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-3
72
71
70
213
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-3
71
72
70
213
30
KNAPPE, Alexander
-2
70
72
72
214
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-2
67
74
73
214
STOW, Ben
-2
70
71
73
214
PLANT, Alfie
-2
66
77
71
214
MARY (AM), Dimitri
-2
72
71
71
214
STARK, Oscar
-2
69
73
72
214
DEL MORAL, Carlos
-2
69
73
72
214
37
OVESEN, Martin
-1
69
66
80
215
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-1
71
70
74
215
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-1
68
71
76
215
VAN WEST, Robbie
-1
74
68
73
215
41
PERRIER, Damien
Par
66
71
79
216
ESPAÑA, Edouard
Par
70
68
78
216
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
Par
69
69
78
216
ITEN, Marco
Par
71
71
74
216
LINDELL, Oliver
Par
73
68
75
216
MADDY, Paul
Par
71
68
77
216
PORTEOUS, Garrick
Par
75
68
73
216
48
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
1
67
76
74
217
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
1
68
74
75
217
MERONK, Adrian
1
73
70
74
217
BEKKER, Oliver
1
70
73
74
217
TRAPPEL, Manuel
1
70
73
74
217
53
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
2
74
68
76
218
54
DI NITTO, Enrico
3
71
71
77
219
55
SARASTI, Juan
4
71
71
78
220
56
ROZNER, Antoine
5
68
75
78
221
JOHANSSON, Niclas
5
71
69
81
221
58
HELLGREN, Björn
6
71
71
80
222
59
LIMA, José-Filipe
8
71
72
81
224
60
ENOCH, Rhys
9
72
69
84
225
61
BORDONE (AM), Camille
10
70
73
83
226
62
NAVEAU (AM), Gabriel
Par
75
69
-
144
BRUN, Julien
Par
73
71
-
144
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
Par
72
72
-
144
EVANS, Ben
Par
72
72
-
144
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
Par
73
71
-
144
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
Par
71
73
-
144
STEWART, Duncan
Par
73
71
-
144
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
Par
73
71
-
144
VIRTO, Borja
Par
68
76
-
144
ORRIN, Max
Par
71
73
-
144
72
NEMECZ, Lukas
1
73
72
-
145
LAMPERT, Moritz
1
72
73
-
145
TILEY, Steven
1
73
72
-
145
ADAMS, James
1
73
72
-
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
75
70
-
145
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
1
76
69
-
145
COUSSAUD, Ugo
1
76
69
-
145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian
1
69
76
-
145
80
DOHERTY, Jack
2
73
73
-
146
SHARVIN, Cormac
2
77
69
-
146
MATUS, Stanislav
2
72
74
-
146
DOAK, Chris
2
73
73
-
146
ADARRAGA GOMEZ, Jose Luis
2
75
71
-
146
BENSON, Seve
2
74
72
-
146
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
2
70
76
-
146
87
MCDONALD, Jack
3
74
73
-
147
JOANNES, Hugues
3
73
74
-
147
LAPORTA, Francesco
3
70
77
-
147
HENRY, Scott
3
73
74
-
147
91
ALTMEYER, Mickael
4
78
70
-
148
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
4
72
76
-
148
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher
4
79
69
-
148
PARKER, Ben
4
72
76
-
148
CATHERINE, Edgar
4
73
75
-
148
RIU, Victor
4
72
76
-
148
KIMSEY, Nathan
4
77
71
-
148
SNOBECK, Anthony
4
73
75
-
148
99
WIEGELE, Martin
5
78
71
-
149
MURRAY, Tom
5
73
76
-
149
LENGDEN, Oscar
5
74
75
-
149
KARLSSON, Anton
5
70
79
-
149
MACINTYRE, Robert
5
78
71
-
149
TESTELIN, Sam
5
70
79
-
149
105
TISSERAND, Hubert
6
77
73
-
150
BESSELING, Wil
6
77
73
-
150
WIDEMANN, Alexandre
6
72
78
-
150
108
DOBSON, Hugo
7
75
76
-
151
MARGUERY, Raphael
7
77
74
-
151
VELASCO, Alvaro
7
74
77
-
151
BEKIRIAN (AM), Jean
7
74
77
-
151
MENUT, Cédric
7
75
76
-
151
113
HUIZING, Daan
8
78
74
-
152
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
8
79
73
-
152
VEYRET (AM), Victor
8
75
77
-
152
116
CALDWELL, Jonathan
9
76
77
-
153
BECHU, Romain
9
77
76
-
153
BALLESTEROS, Javier
9
80
73
-
153
TACHER, Nicolas
9
74
79
-
153
ROSAYE, Amaury
9
81
72
-
153
121
FRITSCH, Florian
10
76
78
-
154
122
STAL, Gary
12
79
77
-
156
BRIZARD (AM), Theo
12
81
75
-
156
124
COUPADE, Jules
13
76
81
-
157
125
VOISARD, Jeremy
21
83
82
-
165
RETD
HOEY, Michael
7
79
-
-
-
W/D
BERNADET, Adrien
10
82
-
-
-
RETD
CHAPELLAN, Baptiste
17
84
5
-
-
RETD
DUBOIS, Edouard
4
69
74
-
-
RETD
LOPEZ LAZARO, Johann
8
80
-
-
-
RETD
SCHMITT, Max
10
78
4
-
-
RETD
CHAPMAN, Adam
2
2
-
-
-
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
PEREZ, Victor
-12
204
2
FORD, Matt
-11
205
GIRRBACH, Joel
-11
205
SJÖHOLM, Joel
-11
205
5
LANGASQUE, Romain
-10
206
6
SENIOR, Jack
-8
208
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-8
208
8
LEON, Hugo
-7
209
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-7
209
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-7
209
LAW, David
-7
209
12
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-6
210
MICHAEL, Anthony
-6
210
KAKKO, Roope
-6
210
ROUSSEL, Robin
-6
210
16
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-5
211
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
211
TADINI, Alessandro
-5
211
19
MOYNIHAN, Gavin
-4
212
LEMKE, Niklas
-4
212
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-4
212
GEYGER, Nico
-4
212
23
ARNAUS, Adri
-3
213
FORREST, Grant
-3
213
CARLSSON, Johan
-3
213
BERGAMASCHI, Filippo
-3
213
MANLEY, Stuart
-3
213
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-3
213
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-3
213
30
KNAPPE, Alexander
-2
214
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-2
214
STOW, Ben
-2
214
PLANT, Alfie
-2
214
MARY (AM), Dimitri
-2
214
STARK, Oscar
-2
214
DEL MORAL, Carlos
-2
214
37
OVESEN, Martin
-1
215
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-1
215
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-1
215
VAN WEST, Robbie
-1
215
41
PERRIER, Damien
Par
216
ESPAÑA, Edouard
Par
216
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
Par
216
ITEN, Marco
Par
216
LINDELL, Oliver
Par
216
MADDY, Paul
Par
216
PORTEOUS, Garrick
Par
216
48
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
1
217
ARNOY, Jarand Ekeland
1
217
MERONK, Adrian
1
217
BEKKER, Oliver
1
217
TRAPPEL, Manuel
1
217
53
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
2
218
54
DI NITTO, Enrico
3
219
55
SARASTI, Juan
4
220
56
ROZNER, Antoine
5
221
JOHANSSON, Niclas
5
221
58
HELLGREN, Björn
6
222
59
LIMA, José-Filipe
8
224
60
ENOCH, Rhys
9
225
61
BORDONE (AM), Camille
10
226
62
NAVEAU (AM), Gabriel
Par
144
BRUN, Julien
Par
144
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
Par
144
EVANS, Ben
Par
144
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
Par
144
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
Par
144
STEWART, Duncan
Par
144
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
Par
144
VIRTO, Borja
Par
144
ORRIN, Max
Par
144
72
NEMECZ, Lukas
1
145
LAMPERT, Moritz
1
145
TILEY, Steven
1
145
ADAMS, James
1
145
FENASSE, Mathieu
1
145
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
1
145
COUSSAUD, Ugo
1
145
VAN DER VAART, Jurrian
1
145
80
DOHERTY, Jack
2
146
SHARVIN, Cormac
2
146
MATUS, Stanislav
2
146
DOAK, Chris
2
146
ADARRAGA GOMEZ, Jose Luis
2
146
BENSON, Seve
2
146
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
2
146
87
MCDONALD, Jack
3
147
JOANNES, Hugues
3
147
LAPORTA, Francesco
3
147
HENRY, Scott
3
147
91
ALTMEYER, Mickael
4
148
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
4
148
FELDBORG NIELSEN, Christopher
4
148
PARKER, Ben
4
148
CATHERINE, Edgar
4
148
RIU, Victor
4
148
KIMSEY, Nathan
4
148
SNOBECK, Anthony
4
148
99
WIEGELE, Martin
5
149
MURRAY, Tom
5
149
LENGDEN, Oscar
5
149
KARLSSON, Anton
5
149
MACINTYRE, Robert
5
149
TESTELIN, Sam
5
149
105
TISSERAND, Hubert
6
150
BESSELING, Wil
6
150
WIDEMANN, Alexandre
6
150
108
DOBSON, Hugo
7
151
MARGUERY, Raphael
7
151
VELASCO, Alvaro
7
151
BEKIRIAN (AM), Jean
7
151
MENUT, Cédric
7
151
113
HUIZING, Daan
8
152
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
8
152
VEYRET (AM), Victor
8
152
116
CALDWELL, Jonathan
9
153
BECHU, Romain
9
153
BALLESTEROS, Javier
9
153
TACHER, Nicolas
9
153
ROSAYE, Amaury
9
153
121
FRITSCH, Florian
10
154
122
STAL, Gary
12
156
BRIZARD (AM), Theo
12
156
124
COUPADE, Jules
13
157
125
VOISARD, Jeremy
21
165
RETD
HOEY, Michael
7
-
W/D
BERNADET, Adrien
10
-
RETD
CHAPELLAN, Baptiste
17
-
RETD
DUBOIS, Edouard
4
-
RETD
LOPEZ LAZARO, Johann
8
-
RETD
SCHMITT, Max
10
-
RETD
CHAPMAN, Adam
2
-