Rolex Trophy R3

Santos on the cusp of second Swiss success

August 21-24
Golf Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland
€290,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Ricardo Santos will take a four-shot lead into the final round at the Rolex Trophy as he goes in search of his second Swiss win of the 2019 European Challenge Tour season at Golf Club de Genève.

Rolex Trophy R3 - Santos on the cusp of success
Credit: Rolex

The 36-year-old won the Swiss Challenge Presented by Swiss Golf in June and is in pole position to seal a second victory in Switzerland after recording an eight under par round of 64 to lead at the end of day three.

Santos, who shot opening rounds of 67-66 without dropping a shot, continued his excellent form at the Geneva layout by signing for another bogey-free round. The Portuguese star made four birdies in six holes from the par three third hole to join the early leaders on day three.

He then surged into the lead on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth hole before gaining two further shots at the 12th and 15th.

Even after finding the water hazard off the tee at the 16th hole, he remained unfazed, getting up-and-down for a par before making his eighth birdie of the day at the par three 17th.  


With 18 holes to play and a four-shot advantage over the field, Santos is looking forward to the chance of more glory on Swiss soil.

“Sure, it would be great,” he said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.

“It was an amazing day. I played even better than the first two days, so I’m really happy with my game.

“I stood on the 16th tee box with driver in my hand and I thought it was probably too much, because I would be able to reach the bunkers and then it is not an easy shot. But on the first two days I didn’t reach the bunkers with my driver, so I thought I would grip down and hit it normally but then I had that thought in my mind.

“In the end I cut the ball too much and went into the water, but it was a good up-and-down to save par.

“I will try and stay calm like I have done until now. I will go out and play my game and see what happens tomorrow.”

Hill, who has won twice during the 2019 Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He followed up his opening rounds of 67-66 with a four under par 68 to sit four shots back in a share of second place with Darius van Driel.

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The Dutchman recorded the lowest round of the day, a bogey-free nine under par 63, to move up 17 places into tied second with the Scotsman at 15 under par total.

Fellow Dutchman Daan Huizing, Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin and Englishman Richard Bland sit a further stroke back at 14 under par following rounds of 67, 68 and 65, respectively.

Overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen, who recorded his lowest career round of ten under par 62 on day two, could not continue his form, as he signed for a third round of 74, two over par, to drop down the leaderboard to tenth place.

The final round at the Rolex Trophy will begin at 7:30am local time with Santos teeing off at 1:30pm.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-19
67
66
64
197
2
HILL Calum
SCO
-15
67
66
68
201
2
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-15
68
70
63
201
4
BLAND Richard
ENG
-14
69
68
65
202
4
HUIZING Daan
NED
-14
69
66
67
202
4
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-14
68
66
68
202
7
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-13
67
69
67
203
8
MERONK Adrian
POL
-12
66
67
71
204
8
STOW Ben
ENG
-12
66
68
70
204
10
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-11
71
68
66
205
10
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-11
68
68
69
205
10
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-11
69
62
74
205
13
FARR Oliver
WAL
-10
72
64
70
206
13
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-10
70
69
67
206
15
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
-9
73
62
72
207
15
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-9
71
64
72
207
15
GEARY Josh
NZL
-9
70
71
66
207
15
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-9
69
68
70
207
15
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-9
67
70
70
207
15
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-9
72
69
66
207
15
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-9
68
71
68
207
15
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-9
68
68
71
207
23
BESSELING Wil
NED
-8
73
70
65
208
23
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-8
70
71
67
208
23
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-8
69
68
71
208
26
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-7
71
70
68
209
26
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-7
69
69
71
209
26
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-7
74
67
68
209
26
SYME Connor
SCO
-7
71
70
68
209
30
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-6
73
71
66
210
30
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-6
75
68
67
210
30
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-6
70
73
67
210
33
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-5
70
69
72
211
33
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-5
66
71
74
211
33
TILEY Steven
ENG
-5
71
70
70
211
33
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-5
68
74
69
211
37
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-4
72
69
71
212
37
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-4
72
68
72
212
37
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
-4
70
68
74
212
40
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
5
76
70
75
221