Hopps Open de Provence R3

Trio set for exciting French finale

September 26-29
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Aaron Cockerill, Antoine Rozner and Lars van Meijel will take a one-shot lead into the final round at the Hopps Open de Provence at Golf International de Pont Royal.

Open de Provence R3 - Trio set for exciting French finale
Antoine Rozner. Credit: Getty Images

The trio all recorded sub-70 rounds on a low scoring day at the Seve Ballesteros-designed course, with Cockerill and van Meijel signing for rounds of 69, three under par, while home favourite Rozner shot a six under par round of 66.

Cockerill and van Meijel are both searching for their maiden European Challenge Tour title and moved into a share of first place at 11 under par after Rozner had set the target. The Frenchman, a two-time winner on the Road to Mallorca in 2019, will go in search of his third Challenge Tour victory – and with it instant promotion to the European Tour.

The 26-year-old won the Challenge de España and Prague Golf Challenge in May and carded eight birdies during his round, including five in his last six holes – four back-to-back to finish – to sit in prime position to win his third title of the campaign on home soil.

“Five birdies in the last six was great,” Rozner said. “I played great and made some great putts at the end. The putt at 17 was one of the best putts I’ve hit in my life. It was a very clutch finish to get back in contention and make it close for tomorrow.

“I was playing well on home soil at the Open de Bretagne as well. I was a bit far back, but I was close at the end. It is very exciting playing on home soil and there are big crowds and you want to enjoy every moment of it as it doesn’t happen every week.”

Canada’s Cockerill stayed calmed during an up and down front nine but was pleased with his bogey-free back nine, which leaves him in a position he has never been in before.

“I knew I was hitting the ball well during the front nine, so I knew the birdies would come,” he said. “It was a solid back nine. I made a 15 foot putt for birdie at 16, which was probably the longest putt I’ve holed this week.

Open de Provence R3 - Trio set for exciting French finale
Aaron Cockerill. Credit: Getty Images

“I hit it pretty solid and didn’t make too many mistakes, so I’m going to try and do more of the same tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get a few putts to go in and I’ll have a good chance to win. I haven’t been in this position before so I’m looking forward to it. I’ll just worry about myself and see what happens.”

A stroke behind the trio is Frenchman Robin Roussel, looking to win on home soil for a second time on the Road to Mallorca this year, and Spain’s Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez. Roussel recorded a round of 69 while Garcia Rodriguez shot up the leaderboard with a five under par round of 67, including three birdies in his final three holes.

It was a disappointing day for overnight leaders Sebastian Heisele and amateur Jeong Weon Ko, as they both signed for rounds of 74, two over par, and share sixth place at eight under par alongside eight other players. The final round at the Hopps Open de Provence will get under way at 8:50am local time with Cockerill, Rozner and van Meijel teeing off at 10:50am.


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Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-11
66
70
69
205
1
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-11
71
68
66
205
1
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-11
69
67
69
205
4
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-10
71
68
67
206
4
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-10
70
67
69
206
6
BOOTE David
WAL
-8
69
72
67
208
6
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-8
69
65
74
208
6
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-8
71
67
70
208
6
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-8
68
70
70
208
6
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
-8
64
70
74
208
6
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-8
67
71
70
208
6
MERONK Adrian
POL
-8
74
69
65
208
6
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-8
70
68
70
208
6
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-8
69
68
71
208
6
SYME Connor
SCO
-8
67
71
70
208
16
FOOS Dominic
GER
-7
72
72
65
209
16
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
-7
73
67
69
209
16
WEBER Lionel
FRA
-7
70
71
68
209
19
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-6
71
72
67
210
19
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-6
67
72
71
210
19
GEARY Josh
NZL
-6
68
74
68
210
19
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-6
71
72
67
210
19
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-6
71
70
69
210
19
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-6
71
71
68
210
19
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-6
69
68
73
210
26
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-5
70
74
67
211
26
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-5
71
68
72
211
26
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-5
71
70
70
211
26
HENRY Scott
SCO
-5
70
73
68
211
26
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
-5
70
72
69
211
26
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
-5
69
73
69
211
26
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-5
74
69
68
211
26
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-5
71
67
73
211
26
TILEY Steven
ENG
-5
70
70
71
211
35
BORDA David
ESP
-4
75
68
69
212
35
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-4
73
68
71
212
35
FARR Oliver
WAL
-4
69
69
74
212
35
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-4
69
70
73
212
35
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-4
69
69
74
212
35
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-4
70
71
71
212
35
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-4
70
71
71
212
35
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
-4
73
70
69
212
43
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-3
68
76
69
213
43
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
-3
74
68
71
213
43
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-3
74
70
69
213
43
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-3
71
71
71
213
43
GROS Sébastien
FRA
-3
71
69
73
213
43
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-3
72
71
70
213
49
FORD Charlie
ENG
-2
73
69
72
214
49
FORET Julien
FRA
-2
73
68
73
214
49
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-2
71
70
73
214
49
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
-2
73
71
70
214
49
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-2
73
70
71
214
49
STOW Ben
ENG
-2
75
67
72
214
55
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-1
71
73
71
215
55
ROSS Craig
SCO
-1
70
69
76
215
55
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-1
72
69
74
215
55
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-1
69
72
74
215
59
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
0
73
68
75
216
59
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
0
74
69
73
216
59
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
0
75
69
72
216
62
GEYGER Nico
CHI
1
70
72
75
217
62
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
1
71
73
73
217
62
MADDY Paul
ENG
1
71
72
74
217
62
STEWART Duncan
SCO
1
70
73
74
217
66
FORD Matt
ENG
2
70
72
76
218
66
QUESNE Julien
FRA
2
72
72
74
218
66
VIRTO Borja
ESP
2
70
73
75
218
69
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
3
77
67
75
219
69
MARY Dimitri
FRA
3
72
70
77
219
71
RIU Victor
FRA
5
73
71
77
221
72
MULLER (AM) Nicolas
FRA
6
72
71
79
222
73
ITEN Marco
SUI
8
73
71
80
224