European Tour

Omega European Masters 2018

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

Round 3

Fitzpatrick takes control in Crans

September 08, 2018

Matthew Fitzpatrick will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters as he looks to become the first player to successfully defend the title since the late, great Seve Ballesteros.

Fitzpatrick takes control in Crans, © Getty Images

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“It was really, really good. I would say that everything went well today. I drove it really solid and made some great up-and-downs which has been a bit of a struggle this season to keep the round going. There were some real key ones today and that was the difference. It kept the momentum and I managed to kick on."

The Spanish legend lifted the trophy at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in 1977 and 1978 and Fitzpatrick's third round 63 left him in pole position to emulate the 50-time European Tour winner on Sunday.

“He is a good man to emulate (Seve Ballesteros), so hopefully things go to plan tomorrow."

The Englishman will head into day four at 14 under, two shots clear of Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera and four ahead of countryman Daniel Brooks, Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, American Doug Ghim, South African Haydn Porteous and China's Wu Ashun.

Fitzpatrick's 63 matched the lowest round of the week which was also carded by Malaysia's Gavin Green, who sits at nine under alongside South African Thomas Aiken.

“When I came back here in 2015 I was hitting a draw, and for whatever reason I couldn't hit a draw that week. So I went with the fade and it's stuck ever since. I finished second that week and have sort of played really well ever since, so I think the fade around here really suits it well."

“The last three holes are quite tough I think where the flags are today and through pars you aren't really losing any ground, and then to finish with a long putt there was an absolute bonus."

“You still want to put the pressure on and make birdies. You are going to have to because someone is going to come up from somewhere tomorrow, there is no doubt because you can get it going, but hopefully stick to my game plan and make plenty of birdies.”

The 24 year old has a remarkable record in the Swiss mountains since missing the cut on his first visit in 2014, finishing second in 2015 and seventh in 2016 before winning his fourth European Tour title here last year.

He has now gone sub-66 in eight of his 17 rounds at this event, with his bogey-free effort containing five birdies and a chip-in eagle the lowest of them all.

Italian Nino Bertasio, Spaniard Nacho Elvira and Japan's Hideto Tanihara were then six shots off the lead.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-14
69
64
63
196
2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-12
68
66
64
198
T3
Ashun Wu
CHI
-10
70
65
65
200
T3
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-10
69
67
64
200
T3
Doug Ghim
USA
-10
68
65
67
200
T3
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-10
69
65
66
200
T3
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-10
68
65
67
200
T8
Gavin Green
MAS
-9
69
69
63
201
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-9
68
67
66
201
T10
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-8
65
66
71
202
T10
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-8
66
69
67
202
T10
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-8
70
67
65
202
13
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
68
69
66
203
T14
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-6
67
69
68
204
T14
David Lipsky
USA
-6
68
70
66
204
T14
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
66
71
67
204
T14
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
65
70
69
204
T14
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
68
66
70
204
T19
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
65
72
68
205
T19
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
71
65
69
205
T19
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
69
67
69
205
T22
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
68
69
69
206
T22
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-4
69
66
71
206
T24
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
70
69
68
207
T24
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
68
71
68
207
T24
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
74
65
68
207
T24
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
67
72
68
207
T24
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-3
68
71
68
207
T24
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-3
72
67
68
207
T24
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
69
67
71
207
T31
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
68
69
71
208
T31
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
70
67
71
208
T31
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
69
69
70
208
T31
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
71
68
69
208
T31
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
66
70
72
208
T31
David Horsey
ENG
-2
70
69
69
208
T31
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
69
70
69
208
T31
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
70
69
208
T31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
71
67
70
208
T31
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
67
71
70
208
T31
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
64
71
73
208
T31
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
69
67
72
208
T31
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
67
69
72
208
T44
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
72
67
70
209
T44
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
68
70
71
209
T44
James Morrison
ENG
-1
70
69
70
209
T44
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
71
68
70
209
T44
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-1
65
71
73
209
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
66
71
72
209
T44
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
68
69
72
209
T44
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
68
71
70
209
T44
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
72
66
71
209
T44
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
70
69
70
209
T44
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
69
68
72
209
55
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
71
66
73
210
T56
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
70
68
73
211
T56
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
69
70
72
211
T58
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
67
68
77
212
T58
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
2
70
69
73
212
T60
Danny Willett
ENG
3
68
66
79
213
T60
Gregory Havret
FRA
3
69
70
74
213
T60
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
3
71
68
74
213
63
Ross Fisher
ENG
4
70
69
75
214
64
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
74
65
77
216
T65
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
7
71
68
78
217
T65
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
69
69
79
217
67
Josh Geary
NZL
9
68
70
81
219
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
71
69
-
140
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
70
-
140
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
74
66
-
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
71
69
-
140
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
71
69
-
140
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
69
71
-
140
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
73
67
-
140
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
70
70
-
140
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
Par
74
66
-
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
69
-
140
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
69
71
-
140
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
70
70
-
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
67
74
-
141
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
69
72
-
141
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
68
74
-
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
2
68
74
-
142
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
67
75
-
142
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
3
68
75
-
143
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
71
72
-
143
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
69
75
-
144
CUT
Gerold Folk
AUT
4
73
71
-
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
71
73
-
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
74
70
-
144
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
4
67
77
-
144
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
70
75
-
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
5
75
70
-
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
5
73
72
-
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
6
74
72
-
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
70
76
-
146
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
6
74
72
-
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
77
69
-
146
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
74
72
-
146
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
72
74
-
146
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
71
75
-
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
6
78
68
-
146
CUT
Luca Galliano
SUI
7
73
74
-
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
71
76
-
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
8
73
75
-
148
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
8
69
79
-
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
72
76
-
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
77
72
-
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
74
75
-
149
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
75
74
-
149
CUT
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
9
74
75
-
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
10
72
78
-
150
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
10
79
71
-
150
CUT
Robert Foley
SUI
10
74
76
-
150
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
10
75
75
-
150
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
78
72
-
150
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
11
77
74
-
151
CUT
John Daly
USA
12
77
75
-
152
CUT
Marc Dobias
SUI
12
78
74
-
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
13
74
79
-
153
CUT
Cedric Gugler
SUI
15
80
75
-
155
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
16
74
82
-
156
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
69
-
-
69
RET
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
-
-
70
RET
Sebastien Gros
FRA
Par
84
-
-
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-14
196
2
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-12
198
T3
Ashun Wu
CHI
-10
200
T3
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-10
200
T3
Doug Ghim
USA
-10
200
T3
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-10
200
T3
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-10
200
T8
Gavin Green
MAS
-9
201
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-9
201
T10
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-8
202
T10
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-8
202
T10
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-8
202
13
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
203
T14
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-6
204
T14
David Lipsky
USA
-6
204
T14
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-6
204
T14
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
204
T14
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
204
T19
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
205
T19
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
205
T19
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
205
T22
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
206
T22
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-4
206
T24
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
207
T24
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
207
T24
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
207
T24
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
207
T24
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-3
207
T24
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-3
207
T24
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
207
T31
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
208
T31
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-2
208
T31
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-2
208
T31
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
208
T31
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
208
T31
David Horsey
ENG
-2
208
T31
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
208
T31
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
208
T31
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-2
208
T31
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
208
T31
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
208
T31
Romain Wattel
FRA
-2
208
T31
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
208
T44
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
209
T44
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
209
T44
James Morrison
ENG
-1
209
T44
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
209
T44
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-1
209
T44
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
209
T44
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
209
T44
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
209
T44
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
209
T44
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
209
T44
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
209
55
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
210
T56
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
211
T56
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
211
T58
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
212
T58
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
2
212
T60
Danny Willett
ENG
3
213
T60
Gregory Havret
FRA
3
213
T60
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
3
213
63
Ross Fisher
ENG
4
214
64
Adrien Saddier
SCO
6
216
T65
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
7
217
T65
Robert Karlsson
SWE
7
217
67
Josh Geary
NZL
9
219
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
140
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
140
CUT
David Howell
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
140
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
140
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
Par
140
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
140
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
140
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
140
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
141
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
141
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
141
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
1
141
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
141
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
141
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
141
CUT
Richard Bland
ENG
1
141
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
141
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
1
141
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
142
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
2
142
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
2
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
142
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
2
142
CUT
Thomas Detry
BEL
2
142
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
143
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
3
143
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
143
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
3
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
3
143
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
3
143
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
143
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
4
144
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
144
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
144
CUT
Gerold Folk
AUT
4
144
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
4
144
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
144
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
144
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
144
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
144
CUT
Thomas Pieters
BEL
4
144
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
5
145
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
5
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
5
145
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
145
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
AUT
5
145
CUT
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
5
145
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
145
CUT
Rak Cho
KOR
5
145
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
GER
5
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
6
146
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
6
146
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
6
146
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
6
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
146
CUT
Ryan Evans
ENG
6
146
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
6
146
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
6
146
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
6
146
CUT
Luca Galliano
SUI
7
147
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
147
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
8
148
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
8
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
149
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
9
149
CUT
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
9
149
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
10
150
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
10
150
CUT
Robert Foley
SUI
10
150
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
10
150
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
150
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
11
151
CUT
John Daly
USA
12
152
CUT
Marc Dobias
SUI
12
152
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
13
153
CUT
Cedric Gugler
SUI
15
155
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
16
156
RET
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
69
RET
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
RET
Sebastien Gros
FRA
Par
84