European Challenge Tour

Rolex Trophy 2018

August 22-25

Golf Club de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

€250,000

August 22-25

Golf Club de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland

€250,000

Round 3

Koivu pegged back in Geneva

August 24, 2018

Kim Koivu and Marcel Schneider will take a five-shot lead into the final round of the Rolex Trophy at Golf Club de Genève.

Koivu pegged back in Geneva, © Rolex

- Rolex

Koivu’s five-shot overnight lead disappeared after he carded a round of 72, level par, while Schneider joined the two-time European Challenge Tour winner at the top of the leaderboard, signing for a round of 67, five under par, on Day Three in Switzerland.

The Finn, who carded opening rounds of 62 and 65, could not extend his advantage as he made one birdie and a bogey amongst 16 pars, on a windy afternoon.

While Schneider, who won the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf in June, showed his guile to close the gap as the 27 year old stalled. He was one under par through his opening nine holes before he returned to the clubhouse bogey-free with a birdie on the 11th before three successive gains on 15, 16 and 17 to join Koivu at the top.

With 18 holes left of the historic event, Koivu is pleased with his position and his chance to succeed, even after a testing afternoon in Geneva.

“I hung on and I would still say it’s a decent round,” he said. “It was tricky conditions with the wind, compared to the morning when it was quite calm, so it was completely different.

“I’m only thinking of the positives going into tomorrow and I’m ready to grind it out and see who comes out on top at the end.

“I started the day hitting good tee shots, but my wedges weren’t dialled in today. I was too far from the pin during the front nine and was unable to hole long putts. On the back nine I didn’t hit many fairways, so that made it difficult to make birdies.

“I’ll stick to the game plan again and I’ll probably hit the same clubs off the tee like I have done over the first three days. It’s going to be a good battle tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it.”

Chasing the leading duo are Pedro Figueiredo, Joel Girrbach and Minkyu Kim, who all shot sub-70 rounds to move up the leaderboard but remain six shots shy of the leaders. The round of the day came from Italian Lorenzo Gagli who carded for a round of 64, eight under par, and is one of five players on tied tenth on ten under par.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
KOIVU, Kim
-17
62
65
72
199
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-17
67
65
67
199
3
GIRRBACH, Joel
-11
69
69
67
205
KIM, Minkyu
-11
70
66
69
205
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-11
68
68
69
205
6
STOW, Ben
-10
69
68
69
206
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-10
69
68
69
206
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-10
69
71
66
206
GEYGER, Nico
-10
65
70
71
206
GAGLI, Lorenzo
-10
71
71
64
206
11
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-9
72
69
66
207
ARNAUS, Adri
-9
73
67
67
207
FORREST, Grant
-9
71
70
66
207
14
HUIZING, Daan
-8
70
70
68
208
15
ORRIN, Max
-7
70
68
71
209
ITEN, Marco
-7
70
73
66
209
17
SENIOR, Jack
-6
72
68
70
210
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-6
69
70
71
210
VIRTO, Borja
-6
73
71
66
210
WILSON, Oliver
-6
70
69
71
210
PEREZ, Victor
-6
69
73
68
210
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-6
68
73
69
210
LAW, David
-6
70
69
71
210
24
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-5
65
76
70
211
BESSELING, Wil
-5
70
72
69
211
TILEY, Steven
-5
68
72
71
211
27
FERGUSON, Ewen
-4
70
73
69
212
28
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-3
71
73
69
213
29
JOHNSTON, Liam
-2
69
77
68
214
30
MANLEY, Stuart
-1
70
75
70
215
KARLSSON, Anton
-1
70
71
74
215
32
VAN DRIEL, Darius
Par
69
70
77
216
LIMA, José-Filipe
Par
70
72
74
216
34
ROZNER, Antoine
1
74
71
72
217
McGOWAN, Ross
1
67
78
72
217
36
MACINTYRE, Robert
2
68
78
72
218
37
MEJOW, Philipp
3
72
72
75
219
HOEY, Michael
3
75
73
71
219
HANSEN, Joachim B.
3
72
72
75
219
40
LENGDEN, Oscar
11
75
76
76
227
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
KOIVU, Kim
-17
199
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-17
199
3
GIRRBACH, Joel
-11
205
KIM, Minkyu
-11
205
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro
-11
205
6
STOW, Ben
-10
206
PAPADATOS, Dimitrios
-10
206
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-10
206
GEYGER, Nico
-10
206
GAGLI, Lorenzo
-10
206
11
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
-9
207
ARNAUS, Adri
-9
207
FORREST, Grant
-9
207
14
HUIZING, Daan
-8
208
15
ORRIN, Max
-7
209
ITEN, Marco
-7
209
17
SENIOR, Jack
-6
210
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-6
210
VIRTO, Borja
-6
210
WILSON, Oliver
-6
210
PEREZ, Victor
-6
210
SINGH BRAR, Jack
-6
210
LAW, David
-6
210
24
SODERBERG, Sebastian
-5
211
BESSELING, Wil
-5
211
TILEY, Steven
-5
211
27
FERGUSON, Ewen
-4
212
28
JOHANNESSEN, Kristian Krogh
-3
213
29
JOHNSTON, Liam
-2
214
30
MANLEY, Stuart
-1
215
KARLSSON, Anton
-1
215
32
VAN DRIEL, Darius
Par
216
LIMA, José-Filipe
Par
216
34
ROZNER, Antoine
1
217
McGOWAN, Ross
1
217
36
MACINTYRE, Robert
2
218
37
MEJOW, Philipp
3
219
HOEY, Michael
3
219
HANSEN, Joachim B.
3
219
40
LENGDEN, Oscar
11
227