Portugal Masters R3

Coetzee takes the lead in Vilamoura

September 10-13
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Portugal Masters R3 - Coetzee takes the lead in Vilamoura
(Credit: European Tour)


George Coetzee will go in search of a fifth European Tour win as he takes a one shot lead into the final round of the 2020 Portugal Masters.


The South African produced a remarkable eagle-birdie finish on day three to sign for an impressive 66 and move to 11 under par at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Coetzee, who won on the Sunshine Tour at Pretoria Country Club last week, had started the day eight strokes behind Julien Guerrier but the Frenchman’s five stroke overnight advantage turned into a one shot deficit after he failed to make a single birdie in his four over par 75.



“It was weird. Kind of felt like I was in a good space today and I didn’t really get going on the front nine, missed a couple of good opportunities on the back nine with the first couple of holes, but then when I started finally making them it was kind of smooth sailing from there. It was a bit of a grind but you just have to kind of hold on tight until you get a good opportunity. 

The 34-year-old reached the turn in 34 shots after sandwiching a bogey on the seventh between birdies at the fourth and eighth.


After taking advantage of the par four 15th for the third day in a row, Coetzee came agonisingly close to holing his approach into the long 17th for an albatross but had to settle for a tap-in eagle to climb to ten under. And he finished off with a confident 12 foot birdie putt at the last to get to 11 under.

“It would have been nice. I was actually watching earlier on in the week, the top ten shots they have had at this event and I didn’t think anything of it until I saw that ball rolling and I thought ”Ah, this could be number one!’” but in the end really happy where it finished. I was fortunate enough to be right next to Laurie (Canter) and he hit six iron rather smooth, so it made it an easy decision for me to lift the seven iron and it ended up being the perfect club.

“Since the first time I have come here I have always enjoyed playing it. I guess the strategy is quite simple, you don’t have to overthink the golf course, you just have to play it the way it is designed. I have had my fair share of good luck on this golf course, I don’t think it owes me anything.”



ared fourth place on nine under after firing rounds of 65 and 68 respectively.

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“The task is still kind of the same out there,” said Canter, “just because the way the rough is, there is such a premium on getting your ball into the fairway. I felt like I played better today than I did on Thursday but didn’t quite get as much as I did out of today. If you keep doing that around here, the great thing about how it is playing is that you are being rewarded for it, so I just hope I can knock in a few more putts tomorrow.

“I think the front nine you just need to play what is in front of you. It gives up a couple of chances, so really if you can get yourself in a position on the back nine, you have legitimately got some good chances, you saw how George finished today, you can finish with a run of threes and kind of come from nowhere. So hopefully I can get myself in with a shot, you know back nine on Sunday, and see how we go.

“Hopefully I am going to have a few opportunities. I think every time you are up there you learn a little bit more, I have had a couple of opportunities in the swing which went alright, so hopefully just do the same thing tomorrow and play what is in front of me and we will see how we go.”




Pos.
Player To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1
George Coetzee-11667066202
T2
Julien Guerrier-10626675203
T2
Masahiro Kawamura-10677165203
T4
Laurie Canter-9647268204
T4
Niklas Lemke-9706965204
T6
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez-8706867205
T6
Liam Johnston-8617470205
T6
Sihwan Kim-8676672205
T9
Lucas Bjerregaard-7677168206
T9
John Catlin-7726965206
T9
Joakim Lagergren-7696968206
T12
Tommy Fleetwood-6687168207
T12
Adrian Meronk-6696672207
T12
Jason Scrivener-6696870207
T12
Brandon Stone-6677070207
T12
Johannes Veerman-6696870207
T12
Scott Vincent-6706572207
T12
Paul Waring-6676971207
T12
Dale Whitnell-6677466207
T20
Marcus Armitage-5686773208
T20
Wil Besseling-5707068208
T20
Alexander Björk-5707068208
T20
Bryce Easton-5687268208
T20
Ben Evans-5697168208
T20
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño-5716968208
T20
Grant Forrest-5726769208
T20
Wilco Nienaber-5706573208
T20
Garrick Porteous-5706969208
T20
Antoine Rozner-5686773208
T20
Adrien Saddier-5676873208
T20
Martin Simonsen-5686773208
T20
Ben Stow-5726967208
T33
Jorge Campillo-4687170209
T33
Tom Gandy-4696872209
T33
Matthew Jordan-4666974209
T33
Rikard Karlberg-4726770209
T33
Francesco Laporta-4677072209
T33
Alvaro Quiros-4736868209
T33
Max Schmitt-4707168209
T40
Nino Bertasio-3676974210
T40
Richard Bland-3677073210
T40
Jamie Donaldson-3696774210
T40
Ricardo Gouveia-3697269210
T40
David Law-3697170210
T40
Thorbjørn Olesen-3667173210
T40
Tapio Pulkkanen-3707070210
T40
Shubhankar Sharma-3736770210
T40
Toby Tree-3736770210
T49
Alejandro Cañizares-2707170211
T49
Dave Coupland-2726871211
T49
Rhys Enoch-2697171211
T49
Ryan Fox-2676975211
T49
Andres Romero-2717070211
T49
Jordan Smith-2736771211
T49
Julian Suri-2697171211
T56
Steven Brown-1687074212
T56
Jonathan Caldwell-1657275212
T56
Emilio Cuartero Blanco-1707171212
T56
Stephen Gallacher-1766571212
T56
Guido Migliozzi-1677174212
T56
Ricardo Santos-1697172212
T56
Marcel Schneider-1697271212
T56
Jack Senior-1697172212
T56
Lars van Meijel-1717071212
T65
Tomás BessaE687075213
T65
Pablo LarrazabalE697173213
67
Sebastian Soderberg1667573214
T68
David Drysdale2706877215
T68
Matthew Southgate2697274215
70
Carlos Pigem3726975216
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
E
74
68
142
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
71
142
CUT
Anton Karlsson
E
72
70
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
E
72
70
142
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
E
69
73
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
E
71
71
142
CUT
Zach Murray
E
72
70
142
CUT
Robert Rock
E
70
72
142
CUT
Kalle Samooja
E
73
69
142
CUT
Ashun Wu
E
69
73
142
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
1
70
73
143
CUT
Jens Fahrbring
1
71
72
143
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
1
74
69
143
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
1
73
70
143
CUT
Calum Hill
1
73
70
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
1
70
73
143
CUT
Vitor Lopes (a)
1
71
72
143
CUT
Joost Luiten
1
71
72
143
CUT
Richard McEvoy
1
72
71
143
CUT
Jake McLeod
1
72
71
143
CUT
Robin Roussel
1
70
73
143
CUT
Darius van Driel
1
77
66
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
2
74
70
144
CUT
Daan Huizing
2
73
71
144
CUT
José María Olazábal
2
73
71
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
75
69
144
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
3
71
74
145
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
3
74
71
145
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
3
72
73
145
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
3
73
72
145
CUT
Will Enefer
4
74
72
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
4
73
73
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
4
71
75
146
CUT
Ross Fisher
4
77
69
146
CUT
Gregory Havret
4
71
75
146
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
4
69
77
146
CUT
Damien Perrier
4
77
69
146
CUT
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
4
73
73
146
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
4
70
76
146
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
5
74
73
147
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
5
74
73
147
CUT
Joël Stalter
5
74
73
147
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
77
71
148
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
6
72
76
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
6
74
74
148
CUT
Haotong Li
6
74
74
148
CUT
Andrea Pavan
6
74
74
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
6
72
76
148
CUT
Tomas Santos Silva
6
70
78
148
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
6
74
74
148
CUT
Peter Hanson
7
74
75
149
CUT
David Howell
7
71
78
149
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
7
77
72
149
CUT
Pedro Lencart (a)
7
72
77
149
CUT
Wade Ormsby
7
75
74
149
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
7
73
76
149
CUT
Justin Walters
7
73
76
149
CUT
Oliver Wilson
8
76
74
150
CUT
Benjamin Poke
9
74
77
151
CUT
Steve Webster
13
78
77
155
CUT
Miguel Gaspar
14
82
74
156
WD
Alexander Levy
7
78
78