ISPS Handa Wales Open R3

Birdie comes just in time for Syme as he takes share of the lead

August 20-23
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


ISPS Handa Wales R3 - Birdie comes just in time for Syme as he takes share of the lead
Connor Syme during day three (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


Connor Syme made a birdie on the last to get back into a share of the lead heading into the final round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor.


The Scot has now held the lead or a share of the lead in four of his last five rounds but crucially did not when the trophy was given out at last week’s Celtic Classic, finishing in a tie for third.

But he will have another chance to claim a first win on a top-tier circuit after his 18-foot putt on the par five 18th handed him a third-round 70 and moved him alongside Swede Sebastian Soderberg at seven under.



The European Tour is playing the second of back-to-back events at the 2010 Ryder Cup venue and Syme is delighted to be in contention again in windy South Wales.

“Finding myself in the same position as last week, I’ll just try and do the same stuff I’ve been doing all week,” he told europeantour.com.


“I don’t think it’s going to be quite as windy tomorrow but it’s a different challenge with that compared to last week. Pars will probably more your friend than birdies whereas last week you felt you had to attack a little bit more. It’ll be the same game plan as last week and try give myself a chance coming down the back nine.

“It would be amazing to win, having come close last week. You don’t really know how many times you’ll get those opportunities so it’s another one tomorrow. If it doesn’t happen, it’s not the end of the world, but hopefully I’m going to play well tomorrow and give myself a chance.”

ISPS Handa Wales R3 - Birdie comes just in time for Syme as he takes share of the lead
Sebastian Soderberg on the fifth green (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


Soderberg defeated Rory McIlroy as part of a five-man play-off to win last season’s Omega European Masters and he fired a bogey-free 68 to give himself a chance of a second victory inside 12 months.

“It feels great to be in position, I just try and stay patient,” he said. “If it’s the same wind tomorrow, it’s so easy for it to just get away from you so every shot is a battle, even in the downwind holes.

“If you start losing focus it’s easy to make some big numbers. I just need to keep battling shot by shot.”

Finn Sami Valimaki was four under, a shot clear of Ryder Cup players Edoardo Molinari and Thomas Pieters, with English duo David Dixon and James Morrison in a group at two under.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
S. Soderberg
-7
68
70
68
206
T1
C. Syme
-7
66
70
70
206
3
S. Välimäki
-4
70
72
67
209
T4
E. Molinari
-3
72
70
68
210
T4
T. Pieters
-3
69
72
69
210
T6
D. Burmester
-2
72
71
68
211
T6
D. Dixon
-2
70
70
71
211
T6
R. Langasque
-2
71
68
72
211
T6
J. Morrison
-2
73
72
66
211
T6
M. Siem
-2
70
74
67
211
T11
J. Campillo
-1
75
68
69
212
T11
L. Canter
-1
71
69
72
212
T11
I. Elvira M…
-1
71
67
74
212
T11
R. Fox
-1
70
74
68
212
T11
S. Garcia R…
-1
73
70
69
212
T11
G. Green
-1
73
71
68
212
T11
C. Hill
-1
73
71
68
212
T11
C. Howie
-1
74
69
69
212
T11
M. Kinhult
-1
69
71
72
212
T11
B. Stone
-1
70
72
70
212
T21
J. Harding
E
70
70
73
213
T21
M. Jordan
E
69
72
72
213
T21
R. Rock
E
71
69
73
213
T21
J. Scrivener
E
70
74
69
213
T21
C. Sharvin
E
73
71
69
213
T21
L. Johnston
E
70
68
138
T21
J. Smith
E
66
72
138
T28
M. Armitage
1
74
69
71
214
T28
L. De Jager
1
70
74
70
214
T28
M. Fenasse (a)
1
72
70
72
214
T28
S. Heisele
1
70
71
73
214
T28
A. Johnston
1
73
71
70
214
T28
M. Kieffer
1
71
73
70
214
T28
H. Li
1
72
66
76
214
T28
Z. Lombard
1
77
69
68
214
T28
C. Shinkwin
1
68
75
71
214
T28
C. Sordet
1
72
74
68
214
T39
O. Fisher
2
71
73
71
215
T39
D. Huizing
2
70
73
72
215
T39
D. Law
2
71
75
69
215
T39
N. Lemke
2
73
72
70
215
T39
O. Lengden
2
72
71
72
215
T39
A. Otaegui
2
71
70
74
215
T39
C. Paisley
2
72
74
69
215
T39
R. Paratore
2
69
72
74
215
T39
D. Perrier
2
71
75
69
215
T39
R. Ramsay
2
73
72
70
215
T39
J. Senior
2
73
71
71
215
T39
D. Young (a)
2
73
72
70
215
T39
D. van Driel
2
75
71
69
215
T52
A. Cockerill
3
73
71
72
216
T52
N. Colsaerts
3
71
72
73
216
T52
S. Crocker
3
74
71
71
216
T52
A. Karlsson
3
77
69
70
216
T52
A. Rai
3
70
71
75
216
T52
D. Whitnell
3
73
71
72
216
T58
W. Besseling
4
73
71
73
217
T58
J. Caldwell
4
72
74
71
217
T58
A. Chesters
4
69
72
76
217
T58
M. Kawamura
4
74
70
73
217
T58
R. McEvoy
4
71
74
72
217
T58
J. McLeod
4
73
71
73
217
T58
A. Saddier
4
71
71
75
217
T58
L. Scalise
4
72
71
74
217
T58
L. van Meijel
4
72
74
71
217
T67
K. Kitayama
5
68
74
76
218
T67
R. MacIntyre
5
68
78
72
218
T67
A. Meronk
5
73
69
76
218
T67
S. Tiley
5
71
73
74
218
T71
M. Baldwin
6
74
72
73
219
T71
P. Dunne
6
74
72
73
219
T71
S. Vincent
6
75
71
73
219
74
S. Kim
7
71
67
82
220
75
S. Horsfield
8
73
71
77
221
76
M. Southgate
9
69
73
80
222
77
L. Slattery
10
78
66
79
223
CUT
A. Cañizares
5
73
74
147
CUT
R. Enoch
5
75
72
147
CUT
R. Fisher
5
74
73
147
CUT
G. Forrest
5
75
72
147
CUT
L. Gagli
5
76
71
147
CUT
J. Hansen
5
73
74
147
CUT
J. Kruyswijk
5
71
76
147
CUT
G. Moynihan
5
77
70
147
CUT
B. Poke
5
74
73
147
CUT
J. Sjoholm
5
74
73
147
CUT
N. Von Dell…
5
77
70
147
CUT
J. Walters
5
75
72
147
CUT
J. Winther
5
75
72
147
CUT
A. Björk
6
77
71
148
CUT
P. Eriksson
6
73
75
148
CUT
O. Farr
6
72
76
148
CUT
R. McGowan
6
73
75
148
CUT
M. Simonsen
6
70
78
148
CUT
J. Suri
6
73
75
148
CUT
J. Catlin
7
73
76
149
CUT
G. Migliozzi
7
74
75
149
CUT
P. Price
7
76
73
149
CUT
T. Pulkkanen
7
71
78
149
CUT
A. Arnaus
8
73
77
150
CUT
L. Bjerrega…
8
72
78
150
CUT
B. Easton
8
73
77
150
CUT
E. Ferguson
8
72
78
150
CUT
H. Long (a)
8
76
74
150
CUT
S. Sharma
8
74
76
150
CUT
T. Bjørn
9
75
76
151
CUT
B. Evans
9
71
80
151
CUT
N. Højgaard
9
74
77
151
CUT
E. Pepperell
9
74
77
151
CUT
C. Pigem
9
73
78
151
CUT
M. Woo Lee
9
77
74
151
CUT
U. Coussaud
10
80
72
152
CUT
E. Cuartero…
10
74
78
152
CUT
S. Kapur
10
79
73
152
CUT
W. Nienaber
10
76
76
152
CUT
J. Ritchie
10
74
78
152
CUT
F. Laporta
11
75
78
153
CUT
G. Bourdy
12
74
80
154
CUT
M. Campbell
12
73
81
154
CUT
S. Gallacher
12
77
77
154
CUT
J. Kruger
12
75
79
154
CUT
Z. Murray
12
77
77
154
CUT
T. Gandy
14
77
79
156
CUT
G. Storm
15
80
77
157
WD
B. Ritthammer
1
75
70
69
214
WD
O. Wilson
7
78
78
WD
M. Pilkington
12
83
83
WD
A. Pavan
5
76
76
WD
K. Reitan
18
82
31
113
WD
M. Korhonen
4
75
75
WD
H. Porteous
8
74
56
130