Northern Ireland Open R3

Tyler’s top of the class in Northern Ireland

September 03-06
Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Teacher turned golfer Tyler Koivisto will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Northern Ireland Open Supported by The R&A following a sublime eight under par round of 62 on Day Three.

Northern Ireland Open R3 - Tyler’s top of the class in Northern Ireland
Tyler Koivisto. (Credit: Getty Images)


The American leads on ten under par at Galgorm Castle Golf Club following a flawless third round and sits three strokes clear of Santiago Tarrio and Andrew Wilson, who share second place on seven under par.


Koivisto, who spent three years as a school teacher after graduating from college, carded six back nine birdies to take the lead in Northern Ireland and will tomorrow go in search of a life-changing victory.

“This is probably the biggest event I’ve been in contention for,” he said. “I’ve won a few small events here and there and then obviously in College. Every time you put yourself in this position, it’s better than not being there. We’ll see what we can do.



“I hit a lot more fairways today, which helps. That’s what you have to do out here. I made a lot of putts coming down the back nine there. It was just a fun day, kind of casual, but it ended up being a really good score.

“I figured something out on the range yesterday with my swing but it wasn’t anything technical. It was just hitting shots, trying to enjoy it and playing golf.

“The putting was good for sure. I rolled it really well and saw my lines straight away. I changed the strategy a bit on a few of the holes, just to get myself on the short grass. It’s just so key out here with the juicy rough, so I hit a few more fairways and rolled the rock really well.”



The 27-year-old gave up teaching two years ago to pursue a career as a golfer and is relishing the opportunity to play in Europe, with this week being his first Challenge Tour start.

“I taught fourth grade for three years and took some time off the game,” he said. “In the last couple of years I’ve been playing some mini tour stuff back in the States and Monday qualifiers. I did Q-School last year in Austria, so that gave me the opportunity here. I’m just trying to grind away.

“They’re both very different. Sometimes teaching is a little more stressful and sometimes golf is, especially if you’re missing fairways.

“Last year was my first time in Europe and this is my first time in Northern Ireland too. Any time you get these opportunities, it’s nice to take advantage of them. I’ve got a lot of work to do tomorrow, but we’ll see what we can do.”

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England’s Wilson had earlier roared into contention with a six under par round of 64, including a three-hole eagle-birdie-birdie stretch. Tarrio is looking for his best Challenge Tour finish since his fourth place at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in February.

Scandinavian duo Kristian Krogh Johannessen and Gudmundur Kristjansson share fourth place on six under par with Benjamin Rusch and Christopher Mivis.

One stroke further back in a tie for eighth is a group of six players including overnight leader Enrico Di Nitto, who posted a one over par 71 on Day Three, and England’s Richard Mansell who bounced back from an opening triple bogey to post a three under par 67.

The final round will begin at 7.50am local time on Sunday, with the final group of Koivisto, Tarrio and Wilson taking to the tee at 11.30am.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
KOIVISTO, Tyler
-10
67
71
62
2
TARRIO, Santiago
-7
69
68
66
WILSON, Andrew
-7
71
68
64
4
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-6
68
67
69
MIVIS, Christopher
-6
69
67
68
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-6
69
69
66
RUSCH, Benjamin
-6
71
67
66
8
DINWIDDIE, Robert
-5
69
66
70
HELLGREN, Björn
-5
68
69
68
DI NITTO, Enrico
-5
68
66
71
8
OVESEN, Martin
-5
68
68
69
FAHRBRING, Jens
-5
71
68
66
MANSELL, Richard
-5
75
63
67
14
KNAPPE, Alexander
-4
71
70
65
GALBRAITH, JR
-4
70
70
66
16
PLANT, Alfie
-3
67
69
71
EVANS, Ryan
-3
71
65
71
HIGGO, Garrick
-3
72
68
67
19
ENEFER, Will
-2
71
68
69
MANLEY, Stuart
-2
69
70
69
FORD, Matt
-2
70
70
68
YOUNG, Daniel
-2
68
71
69
23
PETERSSON, Robin
-1
70
68
71
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-1
73
67
69
ROBB, Chris
-1
71
68
70
23
DANTORP, Jens
-1
72
69
68
CANNON, Christopher
-1
68
72
69
KEARNEY, Niall
-1
71
70
68
BORDA, David
-1
71
72
66
AXELSEN, John
-1
71
71
67
31
VAN WEST, Robbie
PAR
70
71
69
KEMMER, Dodge
PAR
68
72
70
GREGORY, Scott
PAR
74
68
68
ELLIS, Harry
PAR
71
71
68
WAITE, Mitch
PAR
73
69
68
LÄNGFORS, Per
PAR
70
72
68
37
BULLEN, Michael
1
72
66
73
KIMSEY, Nathan
1
69
71
71
MOORE, Bradley
1
67
69
75
BERARDO, Clément
1
67
73
71
GRENVILLE-WOOD, Joshua
1
69
73
69
JOHANSSON, Niclas
1
70
71
70
STUREHED, Henric
1
71
71
69
BLOOR, George
1
72
70
69
SLOMAN, Tom
1
70
72
69
46
NEMECZ, Lukas
2
74
67
71
BJORNSSON, Andri
2
73
69
70
QUESNE, Julien
2
66
72
74
49
NEIL, Bradley
3
70
67
76
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
3
74
67
72
49
ALLAN, James
3
69
72
72
TALBOT, Ben
3
68
73
72
MAGNUS, Haraldur
3
73
70
70
KOPP, Alexander
3
73
70
70
ORRIN, Max
3
74
69
70
56
ROSS, Craig
5
68
71
76
57
LUNDBERG, Mikael
6
68
74
74
WILLEY, Andrew
6
70
72
74
PALMER, Andrew
6
70
73
73
60
FLOYDD, Jack
7
70
72
75
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
7
78
65
74
62
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
8
69
72
77
O’ROURKE, Conor
8
69
70
79
64
ELVIRA, Manuel
4
71
73
144
WIEGELE, Martin
4
74
70
144
BOURDY, Grégory
4
72
72
144
CASTAGNARA, Giulio
4
70
74
144
MCKIBBIN, Tom (AM)
4
71
73
144
DUBOIS, Edouard
4
71
73
144
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
4
72
72
144
LACROIX, Frederic
4
73
71
144
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
4
73
71
144
73
MULLARNEY, Ronan
5
73
72
145
ARKENAU, Hinrich
5
70
75
145
SANDBORG, Jesper
5
72
73
145
KRISTENSEN, Nicolai
5
73
72
145
TOWNDROW, Sean
5
70
75
145
HURLEY, Gary
5
73
72
145
79
HOEY, Michael
6
76
70
146
WOAN, Harrison
6
76
70
146
SAINZ, Javier
6
73
73
146
GIRRBACH, Joel
6
74
72
146
HARRISON, Jack
6
78
68
146
84
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
7
78
69
147
ZEMMER, Aron
7
73
74
147
MATUS, Stanislav
7
72
75
147
QUINONES, Douglas
7
71
76
147
RIU, Victor
7
71
76
147
89
WRISDALE, Jordan
8
71
77
148
GILL, Bailey
8
76
72
148
KING, Gary
8
73
75
148
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
8
74
74
148
HUTCHINSON, Ben
8
74
74
148
GAVINS, Daniel
8
70
78
148
WALKER, Euan
8
68
80
148
96
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
9
75
74
149
OWEN, Laurie
9
72
77
149
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
9
76
73
149
BRAEUNIG, Christian
9
72
77
149
CAREY, David
9
71
78
149
96
GREHAN, Stuart
9
73
76
149
DU PLESSIS, Hennie
9
78
71
149
PURCELL, Conor
9
74
75
149
104
MACCARIO, Federico
10
72
78
150
CLEMENTS, Todd
10
71
79
150
MCELROY, Dermot
10
76
74
150
107
MORY, Felix
11
77
74
151
FOLLETT-SMITH, Benjamin
11
73
78
151
HARMER, Ryan
11
77
74
151
JOHN, Allen
11
76
75
151
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
11
80
71
151
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
11
76
75
151
113
HILL, Josh (AM)
12
76
76
152
HASSAN, Jacob
12
80
72
152
115
DAWSON, Robin
13
76
77
153
MCBRIDE, Paul
13
79
74
153
HENRY, Scott
13
75
78
153
LAWLOR, Brendan
13
74
79
153
119
PENGE, Marco
14
70
84
154
120
FERREIRA, Stephen
15
79
76
155
KNIPES, Curtis
15
74
81
155
122
OCHOA, Juan
17
82
75
157
123
RUSH, Michael
18
80
78
158
124
DAUX, Franck
22
81
81
162
125
GRASSOTTI, Massimo
23
80
83
163
W/D
THOMSON, Jonathan
78
78
W/D
BOOTE, David
72
70
RETD
KÖLBING, Jonas
78
RETD
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
74