ISPS HANDA UK Championship R3

Justin Walters on course for maiden European Tour title

August 27-30
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


UK Championship 2020 R3 - Justin Walters on course for maiden European Tour title
Justin Walters. (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)


South African Justin Walters is still on course for a maiden European Tour title at the ISPS HANDA UK Championship at the Belfry.


Walters carded a 3-under 69 to reach 12-under for the tournament, starting in style with a 20-foot birdie putt on his first hole on his way to doubling his overnight lead.

“I was really impressed with myself to be honest. I’ve never been in this position – on a Friday I don’t think I’ve ever led a tournament – but I woke up unusually calm.



“Just wanted to go out there and stick with what I thought. Keep playing aggressively and whatever came my way came my way. I stayed with it, gave myself the best chance of making birdies. For the most part I just wanted to be aggressive and I think that panned out for me today.”

Trailing two shots behind Walters are Germany’s Martin Kaymer and France’s Benjamin Hebert at 10-under.


Kaymer improved his chances of returning to the winner’s circle with a brilliant 66 having missed his last three cuts.

“I was hitting the ball fine the last three days, I just needed one of those days where the putter was good and hot. This was one of those days.

“This is where I feel comfortable (on the European Tour), where I don’t need to adjust at all.

“You see all the players and caddies that you have hung out with for the last 15 years. I don’t want to say family but it’s very close, having as much comfort as possible.”



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Hebert, also chasing his maiden title, fired a 70 after a mixed round that included five birdies and three bogeys.

“It was tough for me because I struggled a lot with my tee shots, especially on the front nine,” he said. “But then I managed my rhythm a little better on the back nine. Also, my putting was pretty solid today so I’m pretty happy.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Justin Walters
-12
64
71
69
204
T2
Benjamin Hebert
-10
67
69
70
206
T2
Martin Kaymer
-10
68
72
66
206
T4
Marcus Armitage
-7
70
68
71
209
T4
Jorge Campillo
-7
69
73
67
209
T4
Laurie Canter
-7
71
73
65
209
T4
Rasmus Højgaard
-7
73
69
67
209
T8
Bryce Easton
-6
72
68
70
210
T8
Marcus Kinhult
-6
68
74
68
210
T8
Min Woo Lee
-6
71
71
68
210
T11
Ryan Fox
-5
71
67
73
211
T11
Joachim B. Hansen
-5
71
71
69
211
T11
Craig Howie
-5
68
72
71
211
T11
Andy Sullivan
-5
70
72
69
211
T11
Bernd Wiesberger
-5
67
71
73
211
T16
Calum Hill
-4
68
72
72
212
T16
Martin Simonsen
-4
74
70
68
212
T16
Graeme Storm
-4
72
69
71
212
T19
Ben Evans
-3
71
72
70
213
T19
Stephen Gallacher
-3
69
76
68
213
T19
Matthew Jordan
-3
69
69
75
213
T19
Scott Vincent
-3
67
72
74
213
T19
Paul Waring
-3
70
67
76
213
T19
Lee Westwood
-3
70
71
72
213
T19
Darius van Driel
-3
72
70
71
213
T26
Thomas Bjørn
-2
72
69
73
214
T26
Richard Bland
-2
70
70
74
214
T26
Dave Coupland
-2
73
71
70
214
T26
Haotong Li
-2
74
71
69
214
T26
Thorbjørn Olesen
-2
70
73
71
214
T31
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
71
74
70
215
T31
Aaron Cockerill
-1
72
69
74
215
T31
Tom Gandy
-1
73
68
74
215
T31
Søren Kjeldsen
-1
70
75
70
215
T31
Wade Ormsby
-1
68
74
73
215
T31
Aaron Rai
-1
71
72
72
215
T31
Richie Ramsay
-1
75
70
70
215
T31
Steven Tiley
-1
74
71
70
215
T31
Matt Wallace
-1
70
73
72
215
T40
Lucas Bjerregaard
E
73
72
71
216
T40
Dean Burmester
E
70
70
76
216
T40
John Catlin
E
72
72
72
216
T40
Garrick Higgo
E
70
71
75
216
T40
Jack Senior
E
70
75
71
216
T40
Julian Suri
E
68
71
77
216
T46
Ross McGowan
1
74
68
75
217
T46
James Morrison
1
75
70
72
217
T46
Wilco Nienaber
1
69
72
76
217
T46
Marc Warren
1
69
73
75
217
T51
Nicolas Colsaerts
2
75
69
74
218
T51
Ross Fisher
2
68
73
77
218
T51
David Horsey
2
71
72
75
218
T51
Raphael Jacquelin
2
74
71
73
218
T51
Jeff Winther
2
69
73
76
218
56
Joel Sjoholm
3
67
76
76
219
T57
David Dixon
4
68
76
76
220
T57
Rhys Enoch
4
68
75
77
220
T57
Masahiro Kawamura
4
70
75
75
220
T57
Damien Perrier
4
73
71
76
220
T57
Matthias Schwab
4
71
72
77
220
T62
Liam Johnston
5
72
73
76
221
T62
Jake McLeod
5
71
71
79
221
64
Matthieu Pavon
7
72
72
79
223
66
Lee Slattery
10
70
75
81
226
The Following Players Failed To Make The Cut ( +1 )
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
2
72
74
146
CUT
Wil Besseling
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
2
74
72
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
2
74
72
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
2
74
72
146
CUT
Gregory Havret
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Howell
2
70
76
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
75
71
146
CUT
Victor Perez
2
75
71
146
CUT
JC Ritchie
2
71
75
146
CUT
Antoine Rozner
2
74
72
146
CUT
Marcel Siem
2
75
71
146
CUT
Dale Whitnell
2
76
70
146
CUT
Philip Eriksson
3
72
75
147
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
3
69
78
147
CUT
Daan Huizing
3
73
74
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
3
73
74
147
CUT
Haydn Porteous
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kalle Samooja
3
74
73
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
3
72
75
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
3
75
72
147
CUT
Danny Willett
3
72
75
147
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
4
78
70
148
CUT
Steven Brown
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ashley Chesters
4
74
74
148
CUT
Louis De Jager
4
72
76
148
CUT
Oliver Farr
4
74
74
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
4
76
72
148
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
4
76
72
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
4
71
77
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
4
76
72
148
CUT
Robert Rock
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ben Stow
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jordan Wrisdale
4
76
72
148
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
4
70
78
148
CUT
Julien Guerrier
5
75
74
149
CUT
Sihwan Kim
5
74
75
149
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
5
73
76
149
CUT
Zach Murray
5
71
78
149
CUT
Benjamin Poke
5
72
77
149
CUT
Garrick Porteous
5
74
75
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
5
75
74
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
5
72
77
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
5
73
76
149
CUT
Curtis Knipes (a)
6
74
76
150
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
6
72
78
150
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
6
76
74
150
CUT
Paul Dunne
7
74
77
151
CUT
Marcel Schneider
7
76
75
151
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
8
76
76
152
CUT
Daniel Gavins
8
76
76
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
8
79
73
152
CUT
Toby Tree
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
9
78
75
153
CUT
Hurly Long (a)
9
77
76
153
CUT
Richard McEvoy
9
80
73
153
CUT
Gareth Davies
10
73
81
154
CUT
David Law
10
73
81
154
CUT
Max Schmitt
11
75
80
155
CUT
Janne Kaske
13
78
79
157
CUT
Scott Hend
15
75
84
159
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
15
80
79
159
CUT
Brendan Lawlor
22
84
82
166
WD
Eddie Pepperell
1
74
70
73
217
WD
Zander Lombard
9
75
69
81
225
WD
Oliver Fisher
6
78
78
WD
David Drysdale
E
21
21