Mutuactivos Open de España R3

Rampant Rahm in pole position in Madrid

October 03-06
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
€1,500,000
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Jon Rahm will attempt to become the first person to defend the Mutuactivos Open de España in nearly 70 years when he takes a five-stroke lead into the final round at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

Open de España R3 - Rahm in pole position
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A blistering back nine, which included five birdies and an eagle, saw the World Number Five card an incredible round of 63, as he bids to become the first player to win back-to-back Open de España titles since Max Faulkner in 1953.

“ Everything was really calm for the most part, until that ball went in on 16. I was focused on what I had to do. You need to put it in the fairway, where you can have some wood shots and be aggressive. I kept getting good numbers and hitting the right shots. Beside the birdie putt on ten, the others were inside six feet, it was a case of good ball striking and making the short putts I had.

“I’ve never teed off with such a lead. It’s always been a one-shot lead or tied for the lead, so it’ll be a different story. I don’t know what the challenge will be. I have a really good chance to defend this title. I’m feeling good, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, hitting it good off the tee and hitting good iron shots and it will take care of itself.”


The 24-year-old sent the home fans into raptures with his eagle on the 16th hole, holing out from 125 yards to move to 17 under par.

The four-time European Tour winner starts five stokes ahead of compatriots Rafa Cabrera Bello, chasing his first victory since 2017, and World Number 1,413 Samuel Del Val, who is making his first European Tour start since the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The pair are 12 under par after third rounds of 70 and 69 respectively.

“It’s been difficult,” said Cabrera Bello. “I didn’t get off to an ideal start, I missed two short ones in a row on one and two – that broke a little bit of my confidence on the greens. I tried to get it back but didn’t generate momentum, for example after the birdie on six. A bit more tight on the greens, not as much flow and struggled to get the ball to the hole. I still managed to shoot under par, which was not easy today. The wind was gusty also – there were a couple of situations where it was hard to commit.

“I’ll try and play the way I’ve been playing – the first two days I played great. I need more momentum on the greens, but that’s hard to plan. I’ll practice now try to get a bit more flow on my stroke and get the ball to the hole and see if they drop. Five shots is a big gap, but you never know.”

In fourth is Sweden’s Jens Dantorp, who carded a six under par round of 65 for an 11 under par total. While in fifth place is home hopeful Adri Arnaus, South African Zander Lombard and Australia’s Jason Scrivener on ten under par.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Jon Rahm
ESP
-17
66
67
63
196
T2
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-12
66
65
70
201
T2
Samuel Del Val
ESP
-12
67
65
69
201
4
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-11
67
70
65
202
T5
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-10
67
68
68
203
T5
Zander Lombard
RSA
-10
67
67
69
203
T5
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-10
65
66
72
203
T8
Justin Harding
RSA
-8
69
72
64
205
T8
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-8
71
69
65
205
T8
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-8
69
69
67
205
T8
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-8
70
67
68
205
T12
Calum Hill
SCO
-7
69
72
65
206
T12
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-7
70
71
65
206
T12
Alexander Levy
FRA
-7
70
69
67
206
T12
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-7
70
68
68
206
T12
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
66
71
69
206
T12
Steven Brown
ENG
-7
68
68
70
206
T18
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-6
72
70
65
207
T18
Brett Rumford
AUS
-6
70
71
66
207
T18
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-6
69
69
69
207
T18
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
69
69
69
207
T18
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
68
69
70
207
T18
Ross Fisher
ENG
-6
69
68
70
207
T18
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
69
67
71
207
T18
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
70
65
72
207
T26
Chris Hanson
ENG
-5
68
74
66
208
T26
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
67
74
67
208
T26
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
66
75
67
208
T26
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-5
73
67
68
208
T26
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
70
69
69
208
T26
Per Laengfors
SWE
-5
68
68
72
208
T32
Clement Sordet
FRA
-4
74
68
67
209
T32
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
69
73
67
209
T32
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-4
72
69
68
209
T32
David Horsey
ENG
-4
71
70
68
209
T32
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-4
70
70
69
209
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-4
70
70
69
209
T32
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-4
70
69
70
209
T32
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
73
66
70
209
T32
Ashun Wu
CHI
-4
68
71
70
209
T32
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-4
71
68
70
209
T32
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
-4
70
68
71
209
T32
Dean Burmester
RSA
-4
66
71
72
209
T32
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
67
69
73
209
45
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
72
68
70
210
T46
John Catlin
USA
-2
71
71
69
211
T46
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
76
66
69
211
T46
Johannes Veerman
USA
-2
71
71
69
211
T46
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
73
70
211
T46
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-2
68
73
70
211
T46
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-2
68
73
70
211
T46
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
67
73
71
211
T46
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
-2
70
70
71
211
T46
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
68
71
72
211
T46
Marcel Siem
GER
-2
66
69
76
211
T56
Julian Suri
USA
-1
72
70
70
212
T56
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
67
75
70
212
T56
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
71
68
73
212
T56
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
70
69
73
212
T56
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
-1
70
69
73
212
T56
Borja Virto
ESP
-1
70
69
73
212
T56
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-1
63
73
76
212
T63
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
73
69
71
213
T63
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
68
70
75
213
T65
Anton Karlsson
SWE
1
70
71
73
214
T65
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
70
71
73
214
67
Justin Walters
RSA
2
69
72
74
215
68
David Drysdale
SCO
3
69
72
75
216
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
72
71
143
CUT
Daniel Berna
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
71
72
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
1
74
69
143
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
71
72
143
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
1
73
70
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
68
75
143
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
1
70
73
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
1
73
70
143
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
71
73
144
CUT
Antonio Hortal
ESP
2
71
73
144
CUT
David Cooke
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Javier Colomo
ESP
2
69
75
144
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
70
74
144
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
2
72
72
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
72
72
144
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
2
72
72
144
CUT
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
2
72
72
144
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
68
76
144
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
2
76
68
144
CUT
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
3
72
73
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
3
67
78
145
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
3
72
73
145
CUT
Jacobo Pastor
ESP
3
74
71
145
CUT
Mario Galiano
ESP
3
69
76
145
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
3
71
74
145
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
70
75
145
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
4
76
70
146
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jose Luis Gomez
ESP
4
70
76
146
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
4
74
72
146
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
4
71
75
146
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
4
74
72
146
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
4
70
76
146
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
73
74
147
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
5
74
73
147
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
76
71
147
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
75
72
147
CUT
Koen Kouwenaar
NED
5
73
74
147
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
5
70
77
147
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
6
76
72
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
6
73
75
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
73
75
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
6
75
73
148
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
6
73
75
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
6
76
72
148
CUT
Charlie Saxon
USA
7
75
74
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
7
73
76
149
CUT
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
7
73
76
149
CUT
Juan Salama
ESP
7
71
78
149
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
74
75
149
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
7
76
73
149
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
8
76
74
150
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
8
79
71
150
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
75
76
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
9
76
75
151
CUT
Carlos Del Moral
ESP
10
77
75
152
CUT
Jamie Abbott
ENG
10
79
73
152
CUT
Victor Pastor
ESP
12
76
78
154
CUT
Alvaro Velasco
ESP
13
78
77
155
DSQ
Nico Geyger
CHI
Par
78
78
DSQ
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
71
57
128
RET
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
72