European Tour

Nordea Masters 2018

August 16-19

Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

€1,500,000

August 16-19

Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

€1,500,000

Round 3

Aiken and Waring all square at the top in Gothenburg

August 18, 2018

Thomas Aiken and Paul Waring share a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Nordea Masters after successfully navigating the blustery conditions, and their fair share of drama, at Hills Golf Club.

Aiken and Waring all square at the top in Gothenburg, © Getty Images

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“Well, the lie was pretty poor for the second shot on 12," said Aiken. "I was standing on a hill like a mountain goat thinking "how am I going to get the ball airborne, let alone close". I just hit one of those shots that was pretty good but also pretty lucky."

“The conditions were a little tougher today the wind was up from the last two days and swirling as usual I started off really playing well and kept it going. Unfortunately, it didn't finish quite the way I would have wanted to but I was giving everything a go and trying to push and stretch those scores out."

“If you told me I was going to shoot 67 at the beginning of the day I would have taken it. I'm in a nice position going into tomorrow, so should be fun.”

Englishman Waring was two shots clear of Aiken at the start of the day, but the South African shot 32 over the front nine to take a one shot lead. He was two shots ahead with six holes left to play after a two-shot swing on the 12th when he made a remarkable up-and-down from a downhill lie on the bank for a birdie, while Waring dropped a shot after finding the water.

“I knew the majority of the field would go backwards today, so if I could keep it around par. My game plan was dictated a bit by the weather, so tried to aim into the wide areas if possible," said Waring.

“Took my chances with the putter a few times, which was nice, Missed a couple on the way in. A bit frustrating, but overall, I would have snatched your hand off for a 69 at the start of the day."

“There are still 18 holes of golf to play, so I'm not getting too carried away there's still a big job to do. I know Thomas quite well, played with him a few times. He's a good player and knows how to win. Last group on a Sunday, it's all you can ask for.”

A dramatic turnaround saw Waring hold a two-shot advantage of his own after a birdie on the 17 th , before another two-shot swing on the last left the duo tied at the top at 12 under par, after Aiken birdied the par five 18th while Waring dropped a shot after putting his second behind a rock and needing a drop.

Dane Thorbjørn Olesen and 2006 champion Marc Warren of Scotland are three shots off the lead at nine under par, one shot clear of German Maximilian Kieffer.

“It was really tough today," said Warren, "the wind got up and was swirling like it was over the first two days, so it made it even more difficult."

“One example would be trying to hit a five iron off the tee on 16 and it went 250 into the bunker. The wind changed and it went straight down wind. Just shows how much of an effect it can have, probably went about 30 yards further than we thought."

“We'll see what the weather is like, after the rain today the greens will be a bit softer. With preferred lies, if you drive the ball well you can just have a go at a few flags. If you drive it well there are a few short irons around here as well. I'll plan to be fairly aggressive, just my usual self.”

Australian pair Adam Bland and Lucas Herbert join England's Lee Slattery on seven under par, while Italy's Nino Bertasio, Frenchman Sébastien Gros, Scott Jamieson of Scotland and England's Robert Rock are one shot further back at six under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
66
63
69
198
T1
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-12
66
65
67
198
T3
Marc Warren
SCO
-9
70
65
66
201
T3
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-9
68
66
67
201
5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
68
68
66
202
T6
Adam Bland
AUS
-7
67
67
69
203
T6
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
64
69
70
203
T6
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
66
68
69
203
T9
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
70
68
66
204
T9
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
70
69
65
204
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
64
65
75
204
T9
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-6
71
64
69
204
T13
Clement Sordet
FRA
-5
62
72
71
205
T13
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
67
73
65
205
T15
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
70
68
68
206
T15
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
72
67
67
206
T15
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
70
67
69
206
T15
Johan Carlsson
SWE
-4
70
68
68
206
T15
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-4
67
71
68
206
T15
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
66
72
68
206
T21
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
69
66
72
207
T21
David Howell
ENG
-3
71
68
68
207
T21
Hunter Stewart
USA
-3
65
68
74
207
T21
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-3
67
68
72
207
T21
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
71
69
67
207
T26
Bradley Neil
SCO
-2
67
66
75
208
T26
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-2
71
68
69
208
T26
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
69
69
70
208
T26
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
66
72
208
T26
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-2
72
65
71
208
T26
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
67
72
69
208
T32
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
69
69
71
209
T32
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
69
70
70
209
T32
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
67
67
75
209
T32
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
-1
74
66
69
209
T32
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
69
69
71
209
T32
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
67
73
69
209
T32
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
67
67
75
209
T32
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
66
70
73
209
T32
Oscar Floren
SWE
-1
71
69
69
209
T32
Rak Cho
KOR
-1
71
67
71
209
T32
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
66
68
75
209
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
67
68
74
209
T44
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
68
67
75
210
T44
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
70
70
70
210
T44
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
68
70
72
210
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
69
67
74
210
T44
James Morrison
ENG
Par
70
70
70
210
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
70
67
73
210
T44
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
69
68
73
210
T44
Oliver Lindell
FIN
Par
67
69
74
210
T44
Richard Green
AUS
Par
65
71
74
210
T53
Alfie Plant
ENG
1
73
67
71
211
T53
Brad Fritsch
CAN
1
69
69
73
211
T53
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
1
65
71
75
211
T53
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
68
72
71
211
T53
Ludvig Aberg
SWE
1
67
72
72
211
T53
Paul Peterson
USA
1
69
71
71
211
T53
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
68
70
73
211
T53
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
72
68
71
211
T53
Ryan Evans
ENG
1
72
68
71
211
T53
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
65
71
75
211
T63
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
2
67
70
75
212
T63
Gary Stal
FRA
2
72
68
72
212
T63
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
71
69
72
212
T63
Johan Edfors
SWE
2
70
70
72
212
T63
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
66
74
72
212
T68
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
68
67
78
213
T68
Laurie Canter
ENG
3
69
69
75
213
T68
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
70
70
73
213
T68
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
70
69
74
213
T68
Richard Bland
ENG
3
70
68
75
213
73
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
72
66
76
214
74
Gregory Havret
FRA
6
74
66
76
216
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Linus Lilliedahl
SWE
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Matthew Millar
AUS
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
1
69
72
-
141
CUT
Pontus Nyholm
SWE
1
69
72
-
141
CUT
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Anders Hansen
DEN
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
2
68
74
-
142
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
76
66
-
142
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
3
76
67
-
143
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
3
66
77
-
143
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
3
71
72
-
143
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
3
70
73
-
143
CUT
Aake Nilsson
SWE
4
68
76
-
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
70
74
-
144
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
4
69
75
-
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
70
74
-
144
CUT
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Oscar Stark
SWE
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
4
70
74
-
144
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZIM
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
74
71
-
145
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Gustav Adell
SWE
5
78
67
-
145
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
75
70
-
145
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
68
77
-
145
CUT
Peter Karmis
RSA
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
5
75
70
-
145
CUT
Roope Kakko
FIN
5
78
67
-
145
CUT
Adam Blomme
SWE
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
6
71
75
-
146
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
6
71
75
-
146
CUT
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
6
74
72
-
146
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
70
77
-
147
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
75
72
-
147
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
7
72
75
-
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
79
68
-
147
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
7
70
77
-
147
CUT
Tim Widing
SWE
7
75
72
-
147
CUT
Michael Jonzon
SWE
8
74
74
-
148
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
8
77
71
-
148
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
8
72
76
-
148
CUT
Anthony Paolucci
USA
9
74
75
-
149
CUT
Jarand Arnoey
NOR
9
72
77
-
149
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
9
71
78
-
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
10
72
78
-
150
CUT
Hannes Roenneblad
SWE
10
73
77
-
150
CUT
Jordan Gumberg
USA
10
76
74
-
150
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
10
73
77
-
150
CUT
Niclas Fasth
SWE
14
75
79
-
154
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
15
79
76
-
155
CUT
Oskar Franck
SWE
15
80
75
-
155
CUT
Wesley McClain
USA
17
83
74
-
157
CUT
Danny List
AUS
22
78
84
-
162
RET
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
-
-
70
RET
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
Par
-
-
-
0
RET
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
77
-
-
77
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
T1
Paul Waring
ENG
-12
198
T1
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-12
198
T3
Marc Warren
SCO
-9
201
T3
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-9
201
5
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
202
T6
Adam Bland
AUS
-7
203
T6
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
203
T6
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
203
T9
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
204
T9
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
204
T9
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
204
T9
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-6
204
T13
Clement Sordet
FRA
-5
205
T13
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
205
T15
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
206
T15
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
206
T15
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
206
T15
Johan Carlsson
SWE
-4
206
T15
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-4
206
T15
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
206
T21
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
207
T21
David Howell
ENG
-3
207
T21
Hunter Stewart
USA
-3
207
T21
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-3
207
T21
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
207
T26
Bradley Neil
SCO
-2
208
T26
Carlos Pigem
ESP
-2
208
T26
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
208
T26
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
208
T26
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-2
208
T26
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
208
T32
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
209
T32
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
209
T32
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
209
T32
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
-1
209
T32
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
209
T32
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
209
T32
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
209
T32
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
209
T32
Oscar Floren
SWE
-1
209
T32
Rak Cho
KOR
-1
209
T32
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
209
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-1
209
T44
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
210
T44
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
210
T44
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
210
T44
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
210
T44
James Morrison
ENG
Par
210
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
210
T44
Matthew Nixon
ENG
Par
210
T44
Oliver Lindell
FIN
Par
210
T44
Richard Green
AUS
Par
210
T53
Alfie Plant
ENG
1
211
T53
Brad Fritsch
CAN
1
211
T53
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
1
211
T53
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
211
T53
Ludvig Aberg
SWE
1
211
T53
Paul Peterson
USA
1
211
T53
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
1
211
T53
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
211
T53
Ryan Evans
ENG
1
211
T53
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
211
T63
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
2
212
T63
Gary Stal
FRA
2
212
T63
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
212
T63
Johan Edfors
SWE
2
212
T63
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
212
T68
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
213
T68
Laurie Canter
ENG
3
213
T68
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
213
T68
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
213
T68
Richard Bland
ENG
3
213
73
Jeff Winther
SWE
4
214
74
Gregory Havret
FRA
6
216
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
141
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
141
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
1
141
CUT
Linus Lilliedahl
SWE
1
141
CUT
Matthew Millar
AUS
1
141
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
1
141
CUT
Pontus Nyholm
SWE
1
141
CUT
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
1
141
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
1
141
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
1
141
CUT
Anders Hansen
DEN
2
142
CUT
Chase Koepka
USA
2
142
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
142
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
2
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
142
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
142
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
2
142
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
2
142
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
3
143
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
3
143
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
3
143
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
3
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
143
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
3
143
CUT
Aake Nilsson
SWE
4
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
144
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
4
144
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
4
144
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
4
144
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
144
CUT
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
144
CUT
Oscar Stark
SWE
4
144
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
4
144
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZIM
4
144
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
145
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
5
145
CUT
Gustav Adell
SWE
5
145
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
145
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
5
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
145
CUT
Peter Karmis
RSA
5
145
CUT
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
5
145
CUT
Roope Kakko
FIN
5
145
CUT
Adam Blomme
SWE
6
146
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
6
146
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
6
146
CUT
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
6
146
CUT
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
6
146
CUT
Matias Calderon
CHI
6
146
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
6
146
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
146
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
7
147
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
147
CUT
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
7
147
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
7
147
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
7
147
CUT
Tim Widing
SWE
7
147
CUT
Michael Jonzon
SWE
8
148
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
8
148
CUT
Pontus Widegren
SWE
8
148
CUT
Anthony Paolucci
USA
9
149
CUT
Jarand Arnoey
NOR
9
149
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
9
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
10
150
CUT
Hannes Roenneblad
SWE
10
150
CUT
Jordan Gumberg
USA
10
150
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
10
150
CUT
Niclas Fasth
SWE
14
154
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
15
155
CUT
Oskar Franck
SWE
15
155
CUT
Wesley McClain
USA
17
157
CUT
Danny List
AUS
22
162
RET
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
RET
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
Par
0
RET
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
77