KPMG Trophy R3

New outlook key for Canter as McGowan keeps streak alive

August 29 – September 01
Millennium Golf, Paal, Beringen, Belgium
€185,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Laurie Canter credits a new perspective for helping propel him into a three-way share of the lead heading into the final round of the KPMG Trophy.

KPMG Trophy R3 - Trio top the leaderboard
Laurie Canter. Credit: Getty Images

The Englishman, who shares the position at the top of the leaderboard along with fellow countrymen Ross McGowan and Richard Mansell, carded a bogey-free round of eight under par 63, which was highlighted by an eagle at the last.

“I’ve had a slight shift in what I’m trying to do, and I just really enjoyed being out there, and playing with my playing partners,” he said. “On the bad shots I did hit, I got a break here and there. You kind of need that I guess to shoot 63, and I’m just delighted.”

Canter is making the effort to be kinder to himself after having meaningful discussions with both his closest friend and a mentor in golf, former Ryder Cup player Gordon Brand Jnr, who passed away suddenly earlier this month.

“I had my best mate caddie for me for the first six events and it was quite interesting getting his feedback about how I am on the golf course,” the 29-year-old said. “It was quite interesting, and I’ve tried to take some of that on board.

“Gordon was a mentor to me and the last chat I had with him was along a similar vein. I don’t want to hate my job. I’m lucky to do it and I need a bit more win, lose or draw.


“I’m not going to beat myself up too much and I’m going to just try to enjoy what we do, and I think that’s helped me ride out a couple of bad shots I’ve hit. I’m thinking a lot less about it and ultimately, I’m just trying to enjoy the day more.

“Gordon’s helped me since I was 16. He used to get involved with our county squads. I had a coffee with him the week before he went away to The Open to commentate and we re-connected quite a lot.

“I’m probably still a bit shocked by it all to be honest. It was very sudden. He was a great man. When you got through his shell, he was one of the best blokes you’d ever meet really.”

Canter, who has spent the past three seasons playing the European Tour, will face stiff competition if he is to emerge victorious at Millennium Golf.

Joint-leader McGowan is on a remarkable hot-streak. The 37-year-old has yet to drop a shot all week, and his current run of bogey-free holes stands at 73, following a flawless final round in last week’s Rolex Trophy.

Should he continue the streak tomorrow, McGowan will move closer to Jin Young Ko’s recently established record of 114 consecutive holes without a bogey in professional competition. It was only two days ago when Ko bettered the previous mark of 110 holes, which was set by Tiger Woods in 2000.

Rounding out the trio of leaders is Richard Mansell, who like Canter and McGowan, eagled the final hole of the day to move to 18 under par. Mansell currently leads the PGA EuroPro Tour Order of Merit, which has secured him a Challenge Tour card for 2020, and he admits he may not be under as much pressure as the rest of the field.

“There’s nothing for me to lose out here,” Mansell said. “So, I’m doing what I can and I’m going to try to win the tournament, it’s as simple as that.”

The final round of the KPMG Trophy begins tomorrow at 9:00 am local time with the three leaders set to go at 11:00 am.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-18
65
67
63
195
1
MANSELL Richard
ENG
-18
66
65
64
195
1
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
-18
64
66
65
195
4
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-17
64
67
65
196
4
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-17
63
66
67
196
6
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-16
64
69
64
197
7
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
-15
66
68
64
198
7
KUNZENBACHER Julian
GER
-15
67
65
66
198
7
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-15
67
68
63
198
7
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-15
67
67
64
198
7
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-15
70
64
64
198
12
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-14
64
68
67
199
12
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-14
64
69
66
199
12
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-14
61
69
69
199
15
BAEK Peter Launer
DEN
-13
67
69
64
200
15
HUIZING Daan
NED
-13
65
69
66
200
15
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
-13
66
68
66
200
15
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-13
62
73
65
200
19
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-12
68
68
65
201
19
CLEMENTS Todd
ENG
-12
69
66
66
201
19
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-12
65
68
68
201
19
GEYGER Nico
CHI
-12
71
64
66
201
19
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-12
68
65
68
201
19
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-12
69
65
67
201
19
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-12
68
67
66
201
19
STOW Ben
ENG
-12
64
67
70
201
27
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-11
68
66
68
202
27
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-11
65
70
67
202
27
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
-11
65
72
65
202
27
HIGGO Garrick
RSA
-11
72
65
65
202
27
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
-11
67
66
69
202
27
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
-11
69
66
67
202
27
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
-11
67
67
68
202
27
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-11
71
64
67
202
27
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
-11
69
66
67
202
27
SIEM Marcel
GER
-11
65
69
68
202
27
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-11
69
65
68
202
38
BESSELING Wil
NED
-10
66
71
66
203
38
BOOTE David
WAL
-10
68
68
67
203
38
FOOS Dominic
GER
-10
69
66
68
203
38
GANE Chris
ENG
-10
66
69
68
203
38
HENRY Scott
SCO
-10
66
69
68
203
38
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-10
67
68
68
203
38
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
-10
68
65
70
203
38
MRUZEK Filip
CZE
-10
63
68
72
203
38
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
-10
69
67
67
203
38
VEYRET Victor
FRA
-10
65
71
67
203
48
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-9
70
66
68
204
48
BENSON Seve
ENG
-9
67
70
67
204
48
FRITSCH Florian
GER
-9
68
69
67
204
48
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
-9
66
70
68
204
48
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
-9
68
65
71
204
48
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
-9
63
73
68
204
48
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-9
68
68
68
204
48
MERONK Adrian
POL
-9
72
65
67
204
48
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-9
66
69
69
204
48
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-9
65
72
67
204
58
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-8
70
67
68
205
58
KARLBERG Rikard
SWE
-8
70
67
68
205
58
OLSEN Aksel
NOR
-8
67
67
71
205
58
ORRIN Max
ENG
-8
68
67
70
205
62
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-7
68
69
69
206
62
FREIBURGHAUS Jeremy
SUI
-7
64
70
72
206
62
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-7
70
67
69
206
62
GROS Sébastien
FRA
-7
69
67
70
206
62
LOPES Vitor
POR
-7
66
69
71
206
67
EDBERG Pelle
SWE
-6
68
67
72
207
68
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-5
69
68
71
208
68
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-5
68
68
72
208
70
EROFEJEFF Peter
FIN
-3
68
68
74
210
70
ROSS Craig
SCO
-3
69
67
74
210
72
BEKKER Oliver
RSA
-2
70
67
74
211
72
DE WOUTERS (AM) Jean
BEL
-2
67
70
74
211
74
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
5
66
71
81
218