Omega European Masters R3

Romero bounces back in Switzerland

August 29 – September 01
Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
€2,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Andres Romero produced a brilliant comeback on day three at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club to take a one shot lead into the final round of the Omega European Masters.

Omega European Masters R3 - Romero bounces back in Switzerland
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“I really feel good this week, I have a lot of friends around, I like the golf course very much. I hope that tomorrow I will play on the same level that I did today.”

The Argentinian had produced the best round of his career on Friday with a 61 but he was sliding down the leaderboard after a bogey and a double in the early stages on Moving Day, before dragging himself back to level par at the turn. He then came home in 31 to sign for a 66 and a 14 under par total.

“After a lot of pressure at the beginning I’m happy with the way I reacted. After the birdie on six I started feeling much better. With the birdies on eight and nine I was feeling OK. The eagle on 14 and birdie on 15 were the real difference.”

Romero won his second European Tour title a decade after his first at the 2017 BMW International Open but has had just one top ten since – at this event two years ago.


Australian Wade Ormsby is his nearest challenger at 13 under par after his round of 67, with 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood and Malaysia’s Gavin Green one shot further back.

“It was pretty good, I hung in there early,” said Ormsby. “Even though I was two or three under I wasn’t hitting too many good shots. On the back nine I definitely struck it a bit better.

“I’ve been working on the swing. It’s not the bit that comes easy to me. Always need to work on the weaker stuff and I’m definitely making inroads there, so I’m looking forward to a good day tomorrow.

“I’ve rocked up here after a break the last couple of years and haven’t played well, so I made sure I played one before, which was Sweden last week, and I played quite nicely. So, I was coming here with high hopes. When you get expectations you normally get shot down, but I always come to these kind of places feeling like I’ve got an opportunity.”

World Number Two Rory McIlroy’s bogey-bogey finish saw him drop back to three shots off the lead at 11 under par, alongside South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Italy’s Lorenzo Gagli and Finn Kalle Samooja, whose round of 62 is his European Tour best.

“I don’t know what happened,” said McIlroy. “Felt a little flat out there, a little tired. Maybe it just all caught up with me. Looking forward to getting to bed early and getting a good night’s sleep. 


“I played pretty solid, obviously made those mistakes coming in. If I go out and play a good front nine tomorrow I’ll be right in it. If I get off to a good start, especially how tough those first four holes are playing, if I can play those in a couple under I’ll be right there.

“I would love to win here, I just didn’t quite have it today in the way that I did the previous days, especially yesterday with that finish. I need to gather myself, get rested up and put everything I have into tomorrow.”

Italian Renato Paratore hit the 25 th hole in one of the season at the 13 th in his round of 67 to sit at 10 under par, alongside Major winner Sergio Garcia, Matthias Schwab of Austria and Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Andres Romero
ARG
-14
69
61
66
196
2
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-13
66
64
67
197
T3
Gavin Green
MAS
-12
65
64
69
198
T3
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-12
65
65
68
198
T5
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-11
66
71
62
199
T5
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-11
67
67
65
199
T5
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-11
64
68
67
199
T5
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-11
67
63
69
199
T9
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-10
64
70
66
200
T9
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-10
66
68
66
200
T9
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
67
66
67
200
T9
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-10
63
67
70
200
13
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-9
66
70
65
201
T14
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-8
69
69
64
202
T14
David Horsey
ENG
-8
69
67
66
202
T14
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-8
63
72
67
202
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-8
67
68
67
202
T14
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-8
70
65
67
202
T14
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-8
65
69
68
202
T14
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-8
67
66
69
202
T21
Lee Westwood
ENG
-7
67
72
64
203
T21
Ross Fisher
ENG
-7
68
70
65
203
T21
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-7
70
66
67
203
T21
Sean Crocker
USA
-7
68
67
68
203
T21
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
66
67
70
203
T21
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-7
66
66
71
203
T27
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-6
67
72
65
204
T27
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
68
71
65
204
T27
Romain Langasque
FRA
-6
72
67
65
204
T27
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
70
68
66
204
T27
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-6
69
69
66
204
T27
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
69
68
67
204
T27
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-6
70
67
67
204
T27
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
66
70
68
204
T27
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-6
71
65
68
204
T27
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-6
66
69
69
204
T27
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-6
66
69
69
204
T27
James Morrison
ENG
-6
67
67
70
204
T27
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
67
67
70
204
T27
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
66
68
70
204
T41
Joost Luiten
NED
-5
69
68
68
205
T41
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-5
68
69
68
205
T41
David Drysdale
SCO
-5
65
70
70
205
T44
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
69
70
67
206
T44
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-4
68
71
67
206
T44
Richard Sterne
RSA
-4
69
70
67
206
T44
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-4
70
69
67
206
T44
Liam Johnston
SCO
-4
69
69
68
206
T44
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
70
67
69
206
T50
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-3
68
71
68
207
T50
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
70
69
68
207
T50
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-3
70
67
70
207
T50
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
68
69
70
207
T50
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
67
70
70
207
T50
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-3
65
72
70
207
T50
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
70
65
72
207
T57
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
65
74
69
208
T57
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
73
66
69
208
T57
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-2
72
67
69
208
T57
Troy Merritt
USA
-2
67
71
70
208
T57
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
71
67
70
208
T57
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-2
72
63
73
208
T63
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
69
70
209
T63
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
67
70
72
209
T63
Sam Brazel
AUS
-1
67
69
73
209
T63
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
64
70
75
209
T67
Robert Karlsson
SWE
Par
68
71
71
210
T67
Giovanni Manzoni
ITA
Par
70
69
71
210
T67
David Howell
ENG
Par
69
70
71
210
T67
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
67
71
72
210
T71
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
69
70
72
211
T71
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
1
69
69
73
211
T71
Grant Forrest
SCO
1
69
68
74
211
T71
Max Schmitt
GER
1
68
68
75
211
75
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
70
69
75
214
76
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
68
70
77
215
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
74
66
140
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
73
67
140
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Luke Donald
ENG
Par
67
73
140
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
Par
68
72
140
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
69
140
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
Par
72
68
140
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
75
65
140
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
71
70
141
CUT
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
1
73
68
141
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
1
70
71
141
CUT
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
67
74
141
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
USA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
70
71
141
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
68
73
141
CUT
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
1
70
71
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
74
67
141
CUT
Victor Perez
FRA
1
69
72
141
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
2
70
72
142
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
66
76
142
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
2
71
71
142
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
72
70
142
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
75
67
142
CUT
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
2
70
72
142
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
2
71
71
142
CUT
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
73
69
142
CUT
Ronan Kleu
SWE
2
72
70
142
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
70
72
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
69
74
143
CUT
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
3
69
74
143
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
70
143
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
70
73
143
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
3
72
71
143
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
3
75
68
143
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
3
70
73
143
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
3
68
75
143
CUT
Sihwan Kim
KOR
3
69
74
143
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
4
72
72
144
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
75
69
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
76
68
144
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
4
71
73
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
4
71
73
144
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
5
71
74
145
CUT
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
5
72
73
145
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
73
72
145
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
5
70
75
145
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
73
74
147
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Gregory Molteni
ITA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
7
73
74
147
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
7
76
71
147
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
8
74
74
148
CUT
David Law
SCO
8
71
77
148
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
8
73
75
148
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
8
76
72
148
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
9
73
76
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
9
73
76
149
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
9
78
71
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
10
72
78
150
CUT
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
11
75
76
151
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
12
75
77
152
CUT
Alessandro Noseda
SWE
18
83
75
158
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
0