Oman Open R3

Shinkwin shares lead as Luiten chases second title in Oman

February 27- March 01
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
$1,750,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


England’s Callum Shinkwin will take a share of the lead into the final round of the Oman Open as he goes in search of a first professional victory in Muscat.

Oman Open R3 - Six-way tie for lead in Muscat
Joost Luiten. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

The former Walker Cup star had held the lead on his own but a bogey on the last in his third-round 66 dropped him back to 11 under and into a six-way tie alongside 2018 champion Joost Luiten, Finnish pair Mikko Korhonen and Sami Valimaki, South African Brandon Stone and Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard.


Shinkwin came close to a professional breakthrough at the 2017 Scottish Open but it was again a bogey on the last that dropped him into a play-off with eventual winner Rafa Cabrera Bello.

After a birdie on the par-five third at Al Mouj Golf, he made hat-tricks of gains from the sixth and 12th before a poor second on the last – where he also took six on Friday – led to his only bogey of the day.


“I played great,” he told europeantour.com. “I had a couple of good spells on the front nine and the back nine, holed a few putts, so overall my whole game has been very good. I just have to sort that last hole out and I should be doing quite well.

“My distance control has been very good and my putts haven’t been dropping but my new caddie has been very helpful with the green reading so overall the game has been there, so it is just a matter of time.


“I will just do all the same things. It is more about how I am on the golf course as opposed to trying too hard. It is quite easy to go out there and force the situation, so just let it happen and hope for the best.”

Dutchman Luiten won the inaugural staging of this event and he carded a bogey-free 67, while playing partner Stone was also blemish-free in posting the same score.


Hojgaard was the third member of that group and he was two over for the day after bogeying the sixth and making a double on the second, but the 18-year-old fought back with five birdies in a 70.


Rookie Valimaki made eight birdies in a 64 that was the lowest round of the week so far, while countryman Korhonen was bogey-free in his 65.

Italy’s Guido Migliozzi was a shot off the lead after a 68, one clear of England’s Jordan Smith and three ahead of another Englishman in Robert Rock and Scot Stephen Gallacher, who came home in 40 to fall down the leaderboard.


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Brandon Stone
RSA
-11
67
71
67
205
T1
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-11
69
70
66
205
T1
Joost Luiten
NED
-11
69
69
67
205
T1
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-11
73
67
65
205
T1
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
-11
67
68
70
205
T1
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
-11
74
67
64
205
7
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-10
66
72
68
206
T8
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-9
72
68
67
207
T8
Clement Sordet
FRA
-9
70
71
66
207
T8
Jordan Smith
ENG
-9
70
70
67
207
11
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-8
71
65
72
208
T12
Martin Kaymer
GER
-7
73
69
67
209
T12
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-7
69
67
73
209
T12
Robert Rock
ENG
-7
73
65
71
209
T12
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-7
68
67
74
209
T16
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-6
68
74
68
210
T16
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-6
69
70
71
210
T16
Haotong Li
CHN
-6
73
69
68
210
T16
Jeff Winther
SWE
-6
69
72
69
210
T16
Justin Walters
RSA
-6
69
74
67
210
T21
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
70
69
72
211
T21
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-5
71
70
70
211
T21
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
71
68
72
211
T21
Louis De Jager
RSA
-5
69
72
70
211
T21
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
70
73
68
211
T21
Robin Roussel
FRA
-5
75
69
67
211
T27
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-4
69
73
70
212
T27
Connor Syme
SCO
-4
73
70
69
212
T27
Darius van Driel
NED
-4
71
69
72
212
T27
Grant Forrest
SCO
-4
70
73
69
212
T27
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-4
69
70
73
212
T27
Richard Bland
ENG
-4
72
71
69
212
T27
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
70
68
74
212
T27
Taehee Lee
KOR
-4
67
75
70
212
T27
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-4
68
75
69
212
T36
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-3
71
72
70
213
T36
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
71
72
70
213
T36
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
73
69
71
213
T36
George Coetzee
RSA
-3
68
73
72
213
T36
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-3
72
70
71
213
T36
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-3
72
70
71
213
T36
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
75
70
213
T36
Shaun Norris
RSA
-3
72
71
70
213
T44
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
-2
75
67
72
214
T44
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
70
72
72
214
T44
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
71
70
73
214
T44
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
70
72
72
214
T44
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
72
71
71
214
T44
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
71
70
73
214
T44
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
69
74
71
214
T44
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
71
72
71
214
T52
Adrian Meronk
POL
-1
73
71
71
215
T52
Alexander Levy
FRA
-1
69
75
71
215
T52
Ben Stow
ENG
-1
73
69
73
215
T52
Calum Hill
SCO
-1
73
68
74
215
T52
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-1
71
73
71
215
T52
Johannes Veerman
USA
-1
72
70
73
215
T52
Lars van Meijel
NED
-1
72
72
71
215
T52
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-1
72
72
71
215
T52
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
77
67
71
215
T52
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
-1
72
71
72
215
T52
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
73
71
71
215
T52
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
68
75
72
215
T64
Benjamin Poke
DNK
Par
71
73
72
216
T64
Darren Fichardt
RSA
Par
74
69
73
216
T64
James Morrison
ENG
Par
74
70
72
216
T64
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
Par
70
73
73
216
T68
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
70
74
217
T68
Dean Burmester
RSA
1
73
71
73
217
T68
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
71
73
73
217
T68
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
72
72
73
217
T68
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
73
70
74
217
T68
Zander Lombard
RSA
1
68
73
76
217
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
74
71
145
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
76
69
145
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
73
72
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
1
75
70
145
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
74
71
145
CUT
Francesco Laporta
ITA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
2
70
76
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
72
146
CUT
Justin Suh
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
75
71
146
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
2
74
72
146
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
70
76
146
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
73
146
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
73
73
146
CUT
Travis Smyth
AUS
2
71
75
146
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
3
75
72
147
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
70
77
147
CUT
Bailey Gill
ENG
3
77
70
147
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
3
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
73
74
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
3
70
77
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
75
73
148
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
4
77
71
148
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
4
77
71
148
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Scott Vincent
ZWE
4
73
75
148
CUT
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
4
75
73
148
CUT
Toby Tree
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wil Besseling
NED
4
72
76
148
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
David Coupland
ENG
5
76
73
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
78
71
149
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
6
74
76
150
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
6
74
76
150
CUT
James Sugrue
IRL
6
73
77
150
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
6
79
71
150
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Ricardo Santos
POR
6
78
72
150
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
7
75
76
151
CUT
David Howell
ENG
7
76
75
151
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
7
76
75
151
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
7
75
76
151
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
7
75
76
151
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
8
72
80
152
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
79
73
152
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
8
76
76
152
CUT
Gregory Havret
FRA
8
74
78
152
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
8
75
77
152
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
9
77
76
153
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
11
77
78
155
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
11
76
79
155
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
11
77
78
155
CUT
Azaan Al Rumhy
OMA
28
82
90
172
MDF
Bryce Easton
RSA
2
72
71
75
218
MDF
Lee Slattery
ENG
2
73
71
74
218
MDF
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
71
73
74
218
MDF
Andy Sullivan
ENG
3
68
76
75
219
MDF
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
3
71
73
75
219
MDF
Peter Hanson
SWE
3
70
74
75
219