Italian Open R3

Two-horse race as Canter and McGowan chase Italian title

October 22-25
Chervò Golf Club, San Vigilio di Pozzolengo, Brescia, Italy
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Italian Open R3 - Two-horse race as Canter and McGowan chase Italian title
Laurie Canter. (Getty Images)


Laurie Canter and Ross McGowan will carry a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open after an enthralling moving day battle between the English playing partners at Chervò Golf Club.


Canter entered the weekend with a two-shot advantage, having opened his account at the Brescia venue with a stunning first round 60, but he could not build any momentum in the opening exchanges on day three.

A trio of successive birdies in the final three holes, however, meant his name remained at the summit as the 30-year-old signed for a three under 69 and a 19-under total to continue his hunt for a wire-to-wire victory and a maiden European Tour title in his 86 th appearance.



“I’m pretty happy with that score, because the first few holes I felt pretty out of sorts to be honest,” said Canter. “I couldn’t get myself going and I was trying not to fight that too much and stay patient. Then obviously to finish like that is great and to finish in the 60s is a great effort after that day.

“I definitely feel confident I can go out and stick to what I’m doing. I don’t know if that will be good enough. I have a feeling tomorrow a few people a couple of shots back will pull the anchor up and go for it and somebody’s going to go low tomorrow, so Ross and I and those around us will have to keep going forward to be up there. I like how I feel out there so we’ll see how I feel then.”


For McGowan, a win would complete a remarkable return to the kind of form which earned him a maiden European Tour title at the Madrid Masters back in 2009, en route to a 12th place finish in the Race to Dubai.

After a topsy-turvy front nine which included two birdies, an eagle and three bogeys, the 38-year-old steadied the ship and four birdies on the way home – including three in the final four holes – earned him a five under 67 and a share of the lead heading into the final day.

“Definitely my putting has been my best strength this week. It’s helped me in the first two rounds when I hit maybe six fairways. Even today I hit more fairways but not enough, but I rolled a few nice ones in – a couple of 30-footers – and that kept the score going.



“I’m pretty comfortable right now. Not exactly sure where the driver is going but around the greens and on the greens I’ve been very comfortable.

“A win would probably change the outlook for the rest of the year, next year and hopefully for the next few years after that. I’m not getting any younger so it would be quite handy to win one nice and early.”

Big-hitting South African Dean Burmester was the closest challenger on 16-under par, while former Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts and Germany’s Sebastian Heisele were a shot further back in a share of fourth spot.

“I played really well the front nine while the wind was up,” said Burmester. “Played nicely for 11 holes and then on the 12th hole I feel sleep asleep over a two-footer which has been happening a lot lately. But it was nice to bounce back from that with a birdie-birdie finish. That gets me in with a chance tomorrow just three behind, so I’m happy with where I’m sitting and we’ll just have to see what tomorrow holds.



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“It’s going to take birdies tomorrow to win. I mean the boys showed it today, both of them played lovely and it was a nice group – all three of us were pulling each other along. We’ll have the same group tomorrow and hopefully I make just a few more birdies than they do.

“I’m not trying to hit it too hard on every shot but it’s that kind of golf course, it’s a little long and quite wide so it benefits the long hitters a little bit. But Ross is showing that you don’t have to be super long to be contending. He’s putting pretty well so if I make a few putts and play one shot at a time, what will be will be, that’s just the game isn’t it.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Laurie Canter
-19
60
68
69
128
T1
Ross McGowan
-19
66
64
67
130
3
Dean Burmester
-16
64
68
68
200
T4
Nicolas Colsaerts
-15
68
67
66
201
T4
Sebastian Heisele
-15
68
67
66
201
T6
Adri Arnaus
-14
65
70
67
202
T6
Tapio Pulkkanen
-14
67
68
67
202
T8
Jonathan Caldwell
-13
67
68
68
203
T8
Louis De Jager
-13
68
68
67
203
T8
Martin Kaymer
-13
69
66
68
203
T8
Bernd Wiesberger
-13
67
68
68
203
T8
Darius van Driel
-13
71
64
68
203
T13
Wil Besseling
-12
65
71
68
204
T13
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-12
68
68
68
204
T13
Joost Luiten
-12
70
66
68
204
T13
Adrian Meronk
-12
67
71
66
204
T13
Julien Quesne
-12
66
71
67
204
T18
Richard Bland
-11
65
70
70
205
T18
Jamie Donaldson
-11
68
69
68
205
T18
Jens Fahrbring
-11
70
67
68
205
T18
Nicolai Højgaard
-11
67
67
71
205
T18
Chris Paisley
-11
69
67
69
205
T18
Matthieu Pavon
-11
70
65
70
205
T18
Joel Sjoholm
-11
68
70
67
205
T18
Steven Tiley
-11
68
71
66
205
T26
Marcus Armitage
-10
67
70
69
206
T26
Yikeun Chang
-10
70
66
70
206
T26
Bryce Easton
-10
68
69
69
206
T26
Oscar Lengden
-10
65
71
70
206
T26
Hurly Long (a)
-10
69
69
68
206
T26
Adrian Otaegui
-10
67
67
72
206
T26
Kristoffer Reitan
-10
66
70
70
206
T33
Jorge Campillo
-9
68
71
68
207
T33
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-9
68
69
70
207
T33
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
64
69
74
207
T33
Francesco Laporta
-9
68
70
69
207
T33
Damien Perrier
-9
65
71
71
207
T33
Antoine Rozner
-9
68
71
68
207
T33
Marcel Schneider
-9
69
70
68
207
T33
Cormac Sharvin
-9
69
69
69
207
T33
Toby Tree
-9
68
69
70
207
T42
Maverick Antcliff
-8
70
67
71
208
T42
Aaron Cockerill
-8
67
72
69
208
T42
Scott Jamieson
-8
68
69
71
208
T42
Federico Maccario
-8
70
70
68
208
T42
Matt Wallace
-8
68
68
72
208
T42
Lee Westwood
-8
72
67
69
208
T48
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-7
68
69
72
209
T48
Matthias Schwab
-7
72
68
69
209
T48
Joël Stalter
-7
73
66
70
209
T48
Marc Warren
-7
69
68
72
209
T48
Dale Whitnell
-7
68
70
71
209
T53
David Horsey
-6
69
67
74
210
T53
Matthew Jordan
-6
66
72
72
210
T53
Niklas Lemke
-6
66
71
73
210
T53
Guido Migliozzi
-6
68
69
73
210
T53
Robin Roussel
-6
66
68
76
210
T53
Daniel Young (a)
-6
68
70
72
210
T59
Lorenzo Gagli
-5
70
69
72
211
T59
Johannes Veerman
-5
70
70
71
211
T59
Lars van Meijel
-5
70
69
72
211
T62
Eduardo De la Riva
-4
68
72
72
212
T62
Jack Senior
-4
66
72
74
212
T62
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-4
69
68
75
212
65
Lorenzo Scalise
-3
67
69
77
213
T66
Dave Coupland
-2
69
67
78
214
T66
Renato Paratore
-2
71
69
74
214
CUT
Nino Bertasio
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Enrico Di Nitto
-3
72
69
141
CUT
David Drysdale
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Ben Evans
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-3
67
74
141
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Daan Huizing
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Liam Johnston
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Victor Perez
-3
67
74
141
CUT
Andrea Romano (a)
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
-3
68
73
141
CUT
Ashun Wu
-3
69
72
141
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
-2
67
75
142
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Justin Walters
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Steven Brown
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Tom Gandy
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Thorbjørn Olesen
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Jason Scrivener
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
E
70
74
144
CUT
Giulio Castagnara
E
74
70
144
CUT
S.S.p. Chawrasia
E
74
70
144
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
73
144
CUT
Craig Howie
E
76
68
144
CUT
Matteo Manassero
E
71
73
144
CUT
Andrea Saracino
E
70
74
144
CUT
Romain Wattel
E
71
73
144
CUT
Wade Ormsby
1
71
74
145
CUT
Carlos Pigem
1
75
70
145
CUT
Scott Vincent
1
75
70
145
CUT
Clement Sordet
2
69
77
146
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
3
73
74
147
CUT
JC Ritchie
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
3
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
4
77
71
148
CUT
Benjamin Poke
4
80
68
148
CUT
Aron Zemmer
4
72
76
148
CUT
Tommaso Perrino
7
75
76
151
WD
Raphael Jacquelin
4
75
68
143
WD
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
2
74
74