Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil R3

Rozner closing in on European Tour promotion

June 27-30
Terre dei Consoli Golf Club, Monterosi, Italy
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

Antoine Rozner is in pole position to seal his third European Challenge Tour win – and with it instant promotion to the European Tour – after opening up a three shot lead at the end of day three at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil.

Italian Challenge Open R3 - Rozner closing in on European Tour promotion
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The Frenchman won the Challenge de España and Prague Golf Challenge in May and is set to secure promotion to the European Tour after recording a bogey free round of 67, five under par, to extend his advantage to three shots at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.

After opening rounds of 68-66, the overnight leader maintained his momentum with seven consecutive pars before making consecutive birdies ahead of the turn. Four more pars followed from the tenth hole until the 26-year-old picked up his third gain of the round at the par five 14th. He then holed two more on 16 and 17 to extend his advantage at the top, tapping in for par on the last to finish the day three strokes ahead of Oliver Farr in second place.

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With 18 holes left to play and a three shot advantage, Rozner, who could become the second fastest player behind Kristoffer Broberg to secure a three win promotion, is solely focussed on a good score on the final day and not the success which could follow.

“I don’t try to think too much about it,” he said. “At this point right now, a good performance at an event will guarantee me a top 15 finish at the end of the year.

“If I win, then that’s awesome because I can finish the year on the European Tour, and I know that is somewhere in my mind, but it is a bonus more than anything else. I really want to do something good tomorrow, and if I win that’ll be great but if I don’t, I’ll still be in a good position in the Rankings.

“Five under par is great score and I’ll take that every day. Hopefully, I can do something similar tomorrow.

“The field going to come at me, so I’ve got to play well and put another good score together because the guys behind me are good and they shot some really low scores today. They’re going to come at me hard tomorrow, so I’ve got to be ready.”

Welshman Farr, who finished in a share of fifth place in Switzerland earlier this month, is the closest challenger to Rozner, after he carded a round of 66, six under par, to move up to second position.


A further shot back is a chasing pack of four players, including Australian Ben Eccles, France’s Grégory Havret, Matthew Jordan of England, who had a hole-in-one on the par three 16th, and Swiss Raphaël de Sousa, who tied the course record with a round of 65, seven under par. Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson also equalled the course record on moving day and sits two further strokes behind in a share of tenth place.

The final round of the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil gets under way at 6:30am local time, with Rozner teeing off at 11:20am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-15
68
66
67
201
2
FARR Oliver
WAL
-12
68
70
66
204
3
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-11
70
70
65
205
3
ECCLES Ben
AUS
-11
68
68
69
205
3
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-11
71
68
66
205
3
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-11
69
67
69
205
7
HØJGAARD Nicolai
DEN
-10
67
69
70
206
7
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-10
67
71
68
206
7
SYME Connor
SCO
-10
68
70
68
206
10
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-9
66
70
71
207
10
EVANS Ryan
ENG
-9
73
68
66
207
10
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-9
75
67
65
207
10
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-9
68
72
67
207
10
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-9
66
70
71
207
10
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-9
69
69
69
207
16
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
-8
71
69
68
208
17
BENSON Seve
ENG
-7
71
68
70
209
17
BESSELING Wil
NED
-7
68
71
70
209
17
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-7
69
69
71
209
17
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-7
73
67
69
209
21
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
-6
71
71
68
210
21
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
-6
71
69
70
210
21
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
-6
72
70
68
210
21
MRUZEK Filip
CZE
-6
71
69
70
210
21
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-6
70
71
69
210
21
STOW Ben
ENG
-6
74
68
68
210
27
BOOTE David
WAL
-5
71
70
70
211
27
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-5
71
71
69
211
27
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
-5
71
70
70
211
27
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
-5
72
68
71
211
27
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
-5
69
70
72
211
27
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-5
70
71
70
211
27
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
-5
73
69
69
211
27
SIEM Marcel
GER
-5
70
71
70
211
35
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
-4
67
73
72
212
35
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
-4
71
71
70
212
35
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-4
71
72
69
212
35
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-4
71
70
71
212
35
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-4
71
72
69
212
35
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-4
71
71
70
212
35
ROMANO (AM) Andrea
ITA
-4
71
71
70
212
35
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-4
74
68
70
212
35
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-4
73
70
69
212
35
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-4
70
71
71
212
45
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-3
70
73
70
213
45
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
-3
71
72
70
213
45
FOOS Dominic
GER
-3
75
66
72
213
45
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
-3
70
72
71
213
45
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-3
70
68
75
213
45
MERONK Adrian
POL
-3
72
70
71
213
45
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
-3
67
73
73
213
52
GEARY Josh
NZL
-2
73
70
71
214
52
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-2
73
69
72
214
52
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-2
73
70
71
214
52
TREE Toby
ENG
-2
74
69
71
214
52
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-2
72
71
71
214
57
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-1
71
71
73
215
57
SERGHINI Faycal
MAR
-1
70
73
72
215
59
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
0
71
72
73
216
59
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
0
71
72
73
216
61
DI NITTO Enrico
ITA
3
69
71
79
219