Scandinavian Invitation R3

van Rooyen chasing maiden win in Sweden

August 22-25
Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
€1,500,000
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Erik van Rooyen once again found himself in contention for a maiden European Tour victory as he birdied five of his last six holes to take a one shot lead into the final round of the Scandinavian Invitation.

Scandinavian Invitation R3 - van Rooyen chasing maiden win in Sweden
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“It was a little scrappy on the front so I didn’t feel like it was going to be a 29. I was quite surprised and really happy.”

The South African was the European Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year last season with five top tens and he has already matched that total this term, with two second place finishes.

He arrived at Hills Golf & Sports Club fresh off a top five at the D+D Real Czech Masters and a third round 64 in Gothenburg moved him to 13 under, one clear of Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick, Australia’s Wade Ormsby and China’s Wu Ashun.

The 29-year-old linked up Alex Gaugert earlier this season – hiring his former University of Minnesota team mate as his caddie – and after his round he had no problem giving his bagman plenty of credit.


“A caddie for me isn’t just a guy that carries the bag and then goes and has a few beers after the round. For me, it’s just as important as the rest of the stuff that I do.

“We’ve known each other for a very long time so he knows me really well. He knows when to kick me in the butt when I need it and tell me not to be a child on the golf course and he also knows when to say, ‘dude, really well done’. We’re a great team.”

Overnight leader Fitzpatrick had looked in control for most of the day but dropped three shots in as many holes from the 14th before a closing eagle from off the green handed him a 69. Ormsby had opened his week with a 62 but followed it with a 71 before registering a 65 on day three, while Wu was a picture of consistency in his 67.

“It was just a couple of bad swings that cost me a couple of shots,” said Fitzpatrick. “I felt comfortable all day, played really solid, just didn’t make anything. We were just a little bit out with the clubs and that made it a little difficult to hole 25 footers for birdie.

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“When I hit it (eagle putt on 18), I thought it was a good pace to have a chance distance wise, and it got about three quarters of the way and was actually online, and I thought this has got a really good chance. Fortunately, I nailed it right in the middle.

“I always want to win. For me after winning three years in a row it became a bit of a goal, whether it is one win or as many wins in a year, you know if I win now or later this year it will be winning five years in a row, so that is a goal for me to keep that up, but I will be going out there tomorrow trying to win.”

South Africa’s Dean Burmester matched the lowest round of the week with a 62 to get to ten under alongside local hero Henrik Stenson, Welshman Jamie Donaldson, France’s Alexander Levy and Irishman Gavin Moynihan.

Stenson double bogeyed the first but a long putt on the third brought the biggest cheer of the day in a 69, and he was a shot clear of American John Catlin, Belgian Thomas Detry and Englishman Matthew Southgate.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-13
65
68
64
197
T2
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-12
62
71
65
198
T2
Ashun Wu
CHI
-12
67
64
67
198
T2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-12
64
65
69
198
T5
Dean Burmester
RSA
-10
66
72
62
200
T5
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-10
69
68
63
200
T5
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-10
69
67
64
200
T5
Alexander Levy
FRA
-10
63
71
66
200
T5
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-10
69
62
69
200
T10
Thomas Detry
BEL
-9
72
66
63
201
T10
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-9
65
72
64
201
T10
John Catlin
USA
-9
66
69
66
201
T13
Zander Lombard
RSA
-8
70
68
64
202
T13
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-8
66
68
68
202
T13
Victor Perez
FRA
-8
68
65
69
202
T13
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
69
63
70
202
T17
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-7
70
70
63
203
T17
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-7
70
69
64
203
T17
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-7
69
66
68
203
T17
Robert Rock
ENG
-7
68
66
69
203
T17
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
63
69
71
203
T22
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
67
73
64
204
T22
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-6
74
66
64
204
T22
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-6
68
71
65
204
T22
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-6
69
69
66
204
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-6
70
67
67
204
T22
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
70
67
67
204
T22
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-6
67
69
68
204
T22
Gavin Green
MAS
-6
66
67
71
204
T30
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-5
68
72
65
205
T30
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-5
70
69
66
205
T30
Borja Virto
ESP
-5
69
70
66
205
T30
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-5
70
69
66
205
T30
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-5
71
68
66
205
T30
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
74
65
66
205
T30
Paul Waring
ENG
-5
68
71
66
205
T30
Per Laengfors
SWE
-5
69
69
67
205
T30
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-5
68
70
67
205
T30
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
74
64
67
205
T30
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
70
66
69
205
T30
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
68
68
69
205
T30
James Morrison
ENG
-5
66
68
71
205
T43
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
69
71
66
206
T43
Chris Wood
ENG
-4
72
68
66
206
T43
Aaron Rai
ENG
-4
70
70
66
206
T43
David Nyfjaell
SWE
-4
67
72
67
206
T43
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
69
70
67
206
T43
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
69
70
67
206
T43
Renato Paratore
ITA
-4
72
67
67
206
T43
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
72
67
67
206
T43
Jeff Winther
SWE
-4
73
65
68
206
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
67
71
68
206
T43
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-4
67
70
69
206
T43
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
-4
73
64
69
206
T43
Paul Peterson
USA
-4
70
67
69
206
T43
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
67
70
69
206
T43
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-4
67
67
72
206
T58
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-3
72
67
68
207
T58
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-3
70
67
70
207
T58
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-3
68
69
70
207
T58
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
67
68
72
207
T62
Ben Evans
ENG
-2
73
67
68
208
T62
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
69
71
68
208
T62
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
69
71
68
208
T62
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
70
70
68
208
T62
Ryan Evans
ENG
-2
71
68
69
208
T62
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
67
71
70
208
T62
Brett Rumford
AUS
-2
70
68
70
208
T69
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
71
69
69
209
T69
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
67
73
69
209
T69
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-1
71
69
69
209
T69
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
72
67
70
209
T69
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
71
68
70
209
T69
Max Schmitt
GER
-1
69
69
71
209
T75
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
70
70
210
T75
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
73
67
70
210
T75
Adam Bland
AUS
Par
70
69
71
210
T78
Johan Edfors
SWE
1
70
70
71
211
T78
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
72
68
71
211
T78
Anton Karlsson
SWE
1
71
68
72
211
81
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
68
70
74
212
82
Nick Cullen
AUS
3
71
67
75
213
83
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
4
67
72
75
214
84
Oliver Wilson
ENG
7
71
69
77
217
CUT
Albin Bergstroem
SWE
1
71
70
141
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
1
68
73
141
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
1
69
72
141
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
72
69
141
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
73
68
141
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
72
69
141
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
72
69
141
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
72
69
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
74
67
141
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
72
69
141
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
1
73
68
141
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
71
71
142
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
67
75
142
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
75
67
142
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
74
68
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
69
142
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
73
69
142
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
3
75
68
143
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
72
71
143
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
3
73
70
143
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
3
70
73
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
72
71
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
71
72
143
CUT
Vincent Norrman
SWE
3
71
72
143
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
73
71
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
75
69
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
70
74
144
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
72
72
144
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
74
70
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
72
72
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
76
68
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
75
70
145
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
73
72
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
5
74
71
145
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
73
72
145
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
5
69
76
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
76
69
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
74
71
145
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
5
73
72
145
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
70
75
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
5
72
73
145
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
74
71
145
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
6
76
70
146
CUT
Joakim Wikstroem
SWE
6
78
68
146
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
6
71
75
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
75
72
147
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
7
75
72
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
7
73
74
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
74
73
147
CUT
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
8
73
75
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
SWE
8
71
77
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
76
72
148
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
9
72
77
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
9
72
77
149
CUT
Johannes Axell
SWE
10
77
73
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
72
78
150
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
10
75
75
150
CUT
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
10
76
74
150
CUT
Stefan Idstam
SWE
19
83
76
159
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
76
76
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
79
79
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
0
RET
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
74
74
RET
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
73
73