Portugal Masters R3

Stone rolls into lead

October 24-27
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Live Leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Brandon Stone will go in search of his first European Tour victory since last year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open when he takes a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters.

Portugal Masters R3 - Stone rolls into lead
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“I hit the ball incredibly well today. I think I hit 18 greens again today, which is fantastic. The irons were in tip-top shape. It was really tricky. The pins were tucked and I was fortunate to hole some putts on the back nine and put together a nice score.

“I’ve been working with my coach and we’ve been doing some hard work. He’s got me swinging as good as I have and as quick and as far as I should be. I was putting too much emphasis on hitting the driver straight, when I have an ability to have a clubhead speed in excess of 120mph and dominate golf courses. I feel comfortable with my swing.”

The South African, who won his first Rolex Series title at Gullane in 2018, carded his third consecutive round of 66 at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course to set a target of 15 under par, two strokes ahead of compatriot Dean Burmester and England’s Oliver Fisher.


“That back nine is playing pretty tricky with those pins and how the wind is,” said Burmester. “I’m chuffed with three under on the back nine. More of the same needed, I suppose. This week I’ve been making putts. Number one in strokes gained putting and that’s testament to good scoring. It’s nice – my clubs didn’t arrive for four days, so the first round I just played with a set we manage to build here this week. They arrived Thursday night, so since then it’s been good.

“ You want to win tournaments. That’s why you practice so hard. My wife is watching at home – I’m growing this beard until I win again. I spoke to Tony Johnstone and he said he was growing his for five years – I hope mine’s a bit shorter.”

Burmester started the third round five strokes behind 36-hole leader Fisher but carded the joint-low round of the day, a six under par 65, to move into second. Fisher carded the European Tour’s first round of 59 en route to a seventh-place finish at this event last year.

“I played really well at the start, I had a few wedges but didn’t hit anything close,” said Fisher. “My putter felt okay, but it got away from me a bit. Dom was good toay. I stuck with it and kept patient. The big thing today was a poor shot into 11, but I made a great up and down there. That was a big putt and then the drive on 12 and three wood got me going .When you have days where you feel like you’re not getting anything out of it, you need to get a spark going. 11 and 12 helped me out.”

Steven Brown matched Burmester’s six under par total to take fourth place after 54 holes. The Englishman needs to win or finish in a share of second place to secure his playing rights for the 2020 season. As it stands, the top 116 on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex will earn their cards for next year.


Adding to the South African contingent at the top of the leaderboard are George Coetzee, Hayden Porteous and Justin Walters, who share fifth place with South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang on 11 under par. Defending champion Tom Lewis shares ninth place with four others on ten under par.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brandon Stone
RSA
-15
-5
66
66
66
198
T2
Dean Burmester
RSA
-13
-6
70
65
65
200
T2
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-13
-1
65
65
70
200
4
Steven Brown
ENG
-12
-6
69
67
65
201
T5
George Coetzee
RSA
-11
-3
69
65
68
202
T5
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-11
-2
68
65
69
202
T5
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-11
Par
66
65
71
202
T5
Justin Walters
RSA
-11
Par
65
66
71
202
T9
Matt Wallace
ENG
-10
-5
67
70
66
203
T9
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
-4
66
70
67
203
T9
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
-3
69
66
68
203
T9
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-10
-3
67
68
68
203
T9
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-10
-1
67
66
70
203
T14
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-9
-3
70
66
68
204
T14
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-9
Par
66
67
71
204
16
Louis De Jager
RSA
-8
-1
63
72
70
205
T17
Tomas Silva
POR
-7
-5
72
68
66
206
T17
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-7
-5
68
72
66
206
T17
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
-5
69
71
66
206
T17
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-7
-4
70
69
67
206
T17
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-7
-4
71
68
67
206
T17
Hugo Leon
CHI
-7
-3
69
69
68
206
T17
Chris Paisley
ENG
-7
-3
69
69
68
206
T17
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-7
-3
68
70
68
206
T17
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-7
-3
67
71
68
206
T17
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
-2
68
69
69
206
T17
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-7
Par
67
68
71
206
T28
Nick Cullen
AUS
-6
-4
70
70
67
207
T28
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-6
-4
73
67
67
207
T28
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-6
-3
72
67
68
207
T28
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-6
-1
67
70
70
207
T28
Jordan Smith
ENG
-6
-1
69
68
70
207
T33
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
-2
71
68
69
208
T33
David Borda
ESP
-5
-2
71
68
69
208
T33
Marc Warren
SCO
-5
-2
71
68
69
208
T33
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-5
-1
70
68
70
208
T33
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
2
68
67
73
208
T33
Tiago Cruz
POR
-5
2
69
66
73
208
T39
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
-2
68
72
69
209
T39
Liam Johnston
SCO
-4
-2
70
70
69
209
T39
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
-1
68
71
70
209
T39
Robert Rock
ENG
-4
1
68
69
72
209
T39
Jake McLeod
AUS
-4
1
65
72
72
209
T39
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
1
68
69
72
209
T39
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
1
68
69
72
209
T39
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
1
67
70
72
209
T47
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-3
-2
69
72
69
210
T47
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-3
-2
72
69
69
210
T47
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-3
-1
70
70
70
210
T47
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
-1
68
72
70
210
T47
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
-1
71
69
70
210
T47
Tom Murray
ENG
-3
-1
69
71
70
210
T47
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
Par
72
67
71
210
T54
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-2
-1
69
72
70
211
T54
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
Par
68
72
71
211
T54
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
1
66
73
72
211
T54
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
1
70
69
72
211
T54
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
1
70
69
72
211
T54
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
1
70
69
72
211
T54
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
3
69
68
74
211
T61
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
Par
70
71
71
212
T61
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
Par
68
73
71
212
T61
David Horsey
ENG
-1
2
66
73
73
212
T61
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
2
72
67
73
212
T61
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
2
70
69
73
212
T66
Paul Lawrie
SCO
Par
1
72
69
72
213
T66
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
1
72
69
72
213
T66
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
3
66
73
74
213
T66
Sam Horsfield
ENG
Par
4
67
71
75
213
70
Chris Wood
ENG
5
6
69
72
77
218
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
Par
67
75
142
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
Par
70
72
142
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
Par
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
Par
72
70
142
CUT
John Catlin
USA
Par
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
Par
69
73
142
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
Par
71
71
142
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
Par
68
74
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
Par
69
73
142
CUT
David Law
SCO
1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
1
Par
74
69
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
Par
71
72
143
CUT
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa
POR
1
Par
74
69
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
2
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
2
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Joao Carlota
ESP
2
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
Par
67
77
144
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
2
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
2
Par
67
77
144
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
Par
69
76
145
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
Par
71
74
145
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
3
Par
73
72
145
CUT
Daniel Rodrigues
POR
3
Par
70
75
145
CUT
David Howell
ENG
3
Par
69
76
145
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
3
Par
72
73
145
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
Par
70
75
145
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
Par
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
Par
76
69
145
CUT
Nacho Elvira
ESP
4
Par
73
73
146
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
POR
4
Par
74
72
146
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
4
Par
70
76
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
4
Par
74
72
146
CUT
Tomas Gouveia
POR
4
Par
72
74
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
Par
76
71
147
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
5
Par
74
73
147
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
Par
72
75
147
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
5
Par
73
74
147
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
6
Par
73
75
148
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
6
Par
73
75
148
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
Par
70
78
148
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
6
Par
72
76
148
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
7
Par
78
71
149
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
7
Par
70
79
149
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
7
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Pedro Cruz Silva
POR
7
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
7
Par
73
76
149
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
7
Par
76
73
149
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
8
Par
72
78
150
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
9
Par
75
76
151
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
10
Par
73
79
152
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
10
Par
76
76
152
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
14
Par
83
73
156
DSQ
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
Par
69
73
142
RET
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
Par
68
74
74