Open de Portugal R3

Fab four face final day fight in Portugal

September 12-15
Morgado Golf Resort, Portimao, Portugal
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


The stage is set for an epic final day battle at the 57° Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort as Richard Bland, Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, Cormac Sharvin and Henric Sturehed go into the fourth round tied at the top of the leaderboard on ten under par.

Open de Portugal R3 - Four-way tie at the top
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez. Credit: golfsupport.nl

First round leader Sturehed bounced back from his second round 75 with a sublime seven under par 65 to set the target before being joined at the top by Garcia Rodriguez thanks to a three under 69, and finally Bland and Sharvin, who posted rounds of 70 and 69, respectively.

The quartet share a narrow one-stroke advantage over a group of five players on nine under par, including 36-hole leader Rhys Enoch, Jack Senior, who tied the low round of the week with an eight under par 64, Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse, Poland’s Adrian Meronk and Francesco Laporta, from Italy.

Sharvin, despite feeling like he did not play his best golf on day three, closed with three birdies in his last five holes to snatch a share of the lead.


“Those last few holes were huge for me because I just dropped a shot on 13 which took me back to level, seven under for the tournament,” he said.

“I was just trying to press on during the last five or six holes to get myself into a position for tomorrow where I’m going to get a chance to win.

“I’ve been in contention quite a lot this year. I feel like I’ve been up there most weeks and I’ve tried to take things away from those weeks and learn from them. Hopefully I can draw on them tomorrow and give it a good go.”

Experienced Englishman Bland sits second on the Road to Mallorca thanks to four runner-up finishes this season and he will be looking to go one better tomorrow and secure his first victory since his 2001 Challenge Tour Grand Final triumph, a result which will also see him move to the top of the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

“I’m quite happy with scoring 70 but it was one of those where if you played half decent today, you could have put a bit of daylight between the rest of the field,” he said.

“If I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I win. I know that sounds stupidly simple but that’s it. If I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I win the tournament, so that’s how I’ve got to approach it.

“There are a lot of good players on ten under and it looks like it’s pretty bunched at eight and nine under. I think the key is the front nine. If you can play that front nine in two or three under, I think it sets you up.”

Garcia Rodriguez, 30, has two Alps Tour victories to his name in 2019 and despite not hitting the heights of his second round eight under par 64, he was equally pleased with his three under 69 on day three.

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“I played very solid,” he said. “The condition of the course is great and the rough is so high and very thick. I played really well but the putter wasn’t the same as yesterday – yesterday it was amazing.

“I prefer the back nine as I think it is a little bit easier. The strategy off the tee is simpler and it suits my eye more as it plays right to left. I played really solidly.

“I’m going to try and play the same as every other week tomorrow. It is another day and I’ve been very good all week. In my mind, it is just one more day.”

The final round will begin at 7.30am local time on Sunday September 15, with the final group of Garcia Rodriguez, Sharvin and Sturehed teeing off at 11.21am local time.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
BLAND Richard
ENG
-10
68
68
70
206
1
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-10
73
64
69
206
1
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-10
70
67
69
206
1
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-10
66
75
65
206
5
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-9
69
66
72
207
5
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-9
69
68
70
207
5
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-9
71
69
67
207
5
MERONK Adrian
POL
-9
67
72
68
207
5
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-9
71
72
64
207
10
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-8
69
68
71
208
10
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-8
69
70
69
208
12
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-7
67
71
71
209
12
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-7
68
71
70
209
14
ARIZABALETA Alvaro
COL
-6
74
69
67
210
14
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-6
71
70
69
210
14
TREE Toby
ENG
-6
72
68
70
210
17
EVANS Ryan
ENG
-5
72
71
68
211
17
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-5
72
70
69
211
17
MCGEE Ruaidhri
IRL
-5
68
72
71
211
17
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-5
73
71
67
211
21
DEAN Joe
ENG
-4
70
72
70
212
21
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-4
68
73
71
212
21
MEJOW Philipp
GER
-4
68
71
73
212
21
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-4
70
71
71
212
21
SANTOS Hugo
POR
-4
72
69
71
212
26
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
-3
73
72
68
213
26
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-3
72
69
72
213
26
FARR Oliver
WAL
-3
72
73
68
213
26
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
-3
72
67
74
213
26
HUNDEBØLL Oliver
DEN
-3
72
71
70
213
26
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
-3
75
67
71
213
26
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-3
69
72
72
213
26
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
-3
70
71
72
213
26
ROBB Chris
SCO
-3
71
72
70
213
26
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-3
73
68
72
213
36
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-2
73
71
70
214
36
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-2
72
70
72
214
36
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
-2
72
72
70
214
36
MAZZOLI Stefano
ITA
-2
71
72
71
214
36
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-2
71
71
72
214
36
SPOONER Billy
ENG
-2
71
71
72
214
42
ALLAN James
ENG
-1
73
72
70
215
42
HANSON Chris
ENG
-1
75
70
70
215
42
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-1
71
72
72
215
42
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
-1
74
70
71
215
42
MADDY Paul
ENG
-1
71
73
71
215
42
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
-1
72
70
73
215
42
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
-1
74
70
71
215
42
STOW Ben
ENG
-1
73
70
72
215
50
FOOS Dominic
GER
0
73
71
72
216
50
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
0
76
68
72
216
50
HOWIE Craig
SCO
0
74
70
72
216
53
CRUZ Tiago
POR
1
71
70
76
217
53
KAKKO Roope
FIN
1
72
69
76
217
53
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
1
68
75
74
217
53
SILVA (AM) Pedro
POR
1
75
70
72
217
53
SYME Connor
SCO
1
73
71
73
217
53
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
1
72
71
74
217
59
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
2
67
76
75
218
59
RAMOS Joao
POR
2
74
69
75
218
61
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
3
73
72
74
219
61
OLSEN Aksel
NOR
3
72
73
74
219
63
CALDWELL Jonathan
NIR
4
76
69
75
220
63
GROS Sébastien
FRA
4
74
70
76
220
63
HURLEY Gary
IRL
4
69
74
77
220
66
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
5
70
75
76
221
67
RODRIGUES (AM) Daniel
POR
8
73
72
79
224