Scottish Championship R3

Wallace takes control in Scotland

October 15-18
Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Scottish Championship 2020 R3 - Wallace takes control in Scotland
Matt Wallace. (Getty Images)


Matt Wallace carded a brilliant bogey free round of 66 to open up a three shot lead heading into the final round of the Scottish Championship presented by AXA.


The Englishman is chasing a fifth European Tour title and his first since the 2018 Made in Denmark, and he edged closer to that target after recording an eagle and four birdies – including two in his last two holes – to get to 18 under par, three ahead of nearest challenger and countryman Garrick Porteous.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Especially at the end there to finish the way I did was really nice,” said Wallace. “It’s probably the best I’ve ever handled myself. I missed a few putts early on, I didn’t really get much going. I holed a nice one on four and then a good two on that short driveable hole but then nothing really happened. Sometimes I felt like I wanted to push on but I stayed really patient and it showed there by the end. 



“It’s very simple when you’re just thinking about the process. I’m just going to go and have a nice bath, warm up, have some food and then get ready for tomorrow. Do the same things I’ve been doing practice-wise. Find out where the wind is because the wind could be different, come up with a game plan, and then process and execute.”

Porteous also signed for a round of 66 at Fairmont St Andrews as he sets his sight on a first European Tour title, after earning his card for the 2020 season at Qualifying School.


“I was just in play all the time which gave myself enough chances to get close to the pin and I was rolling it really well. I holed a lot of putts, so that was nice. I just wanted to do what I’d been doing really. I played really well in practice. I’ve got my mate Connor on my bag this week so we’ve been having a good laugh.

“I’ve just been enjoying it really. I’ve not been taking it too seriously but I’ve ended up on the right side of the leaderboard which is nice. I’m playing nicely. I’m going to go and take a hot shower now and get warmed up again but I’m looking forward to getting going tomorrow and hopefully get off to a good start.”

Spaniard Adrian Otaegui had a share of the overnight lead with Wallace and he sits in third place at 14 under par after a round 70. American Sean Crocker is a shot further back, with English pair Chris Paisley and Eddie Pepperell then at 12 under par alongside Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell.





“I’m really happy with the way I played to be honest,” said Otaegui. “From tee to green I played solid, I gave myself some birdie chances, which is what I wanted and some putts just didn’t drop. I felt like I was putting well, rolling the ball well, so I’m pretty happy. 

“I felt like the ball was flying less on the back nine and it’s probably because the temperatures were just dropping. When the sun was dropping you could feel it getting colder and the last few holes, the visibility was really low, so it will be something to know for tomorrow. I think holes were playing longer towards the end when the temperature was dropping, especially 16 and 17 into the wind, they were two long and difficult holes.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Matt Wallace
-18
65
67
66
198
2
Garrick Porteous
-15
66
69
66
201
3
Adrian Otaegui
-14
62
70
70
202
4
Sean Crocker
-13
70
66
67
203
T5
Jonathan Caldwell
-12
70
66
68
204
T5
Chris Paisley
-12
66
71
67
204
T5
Eddie Pepperell
-12
68
70
66
204
T8
Aaron Rai
-11
66
67
72
205
T8
Adrien Saddier
-11
67
67
71
205
T10
Martin Simonsen
-10
69
69
68
206
T10
Paul Waring
-10
68
67
71
206
T12
Matthew Jordan
-9
71
68
68
207
T12
Matthew Southgate
-9
69
68
70
207
T12
Brandon Stone
-9
67
70
70
207
T12
Ben Stow
-9
70
70
67
207
T16
Marcus Armitage
-8
70
68
70
208
T16
Padraig Harrington
-8
66
69
73
208
T16
Calum Hill
-8
70
72
66
208
T16
Marc Warren
-8
67
69
72
208
T20
Jamie Donaldson
-7
70
70
69
209
T20
Bryce Easton
-7
65
72
72
209
T20
Connor Syme
-7
70
70
69
209
T20
Lee Westwood
-7
67
70
72
209
T20
Ashun Wu
-7
67
71
71
209
T25
Matthew Baldwin
-6
70
72
68
210
T25
Oliver Farr
-6
73
67
70
210
T25
Ewen Ferguson
-6
67
72
71
210
T25
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-6
67
73
70
210
T25
James Morrison
-6
72
69
69
210
T25
Richie Ramsay
-6
74
68
68
210
T25
Sebastian Soderberg
-6
72
68
70
210
T32
Sam Horsfield
-5
74
69
68
211
T32
Alexander Levy
-5
70
71
70
211
T32
Kristoffer Reitan
-5
73
64
74
211
T35
Ashley Chesters
-4
72
70
70
212
T35
Dave Coupland
-4
68
69
75
212
T35
Pedro Figueiredo
-4
70
70
72
212
T35
Justin Harding
-4
75
64
73
212
T35
Craig Howie
-4
70
68
74
212
T35
David Law
-4
73
67
72
212
T35
Adrian Meronk
-4
68
70
74
212
T35
Lars van Meijel
-4
72
70
70
212
T43
Wil Besseling
-3
71
69
73
213
T43
David Drysdale
-3
69
71
73
213
T43
Philip Eriksson
-3
73
67
73
213
T43
Daniel Gavins
-3
70
68
75
213
T43
Scott Jamieson
-3
67
75
71
213
T43
Shubhankar Sharma
-3
71
72
70
213
T43
Joël Stalter
-3
70
72
71
213
T43
Darius van Driel
-3
72
69
72
213
T51
S.S.p. Chawrasia
-2
69
69
76
214
T51
Zach Murray
-2
69
73
72
214
T51
Renato Paratore
-2
68
73
73
214
T51
Robin Petersson (a)
-2
71
71
72
214
T51
Benjamin Poke
-2
71
71
72
214
T51
Justin Walters
-2
71
69
74
214
T57
Hurly Long (a)
-1
69
73
73
215
T57
Damien Perrier
-1
70
70
75
215
T57
Oliver Wilson
-1
72
68
75
215
T60
Ben Evans
E
69
72
75
216
T60
Jens Fahrbring
E
72
71
73
216
T60
Tom Gandy
E
70
73
73
216
T60
Gregory Havret
E
69
70
77
216
T60
Ricardo Santos
E
71
71
74
216
T60
Lorenzo Scalise
E
71
71
74
216
T60
Marcel Schneider
E
73
70
73
216
T60
Steven Tiley
E
69
74
73
216
68
Daniel Young (a)
3
72
71
76
219
69
Joel Sjoholm
4
72
71
77
220
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
E
75
69
144
CUT
David Dixon
E
77
67
144
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
E
72
72
144
CUT
Niklas Lemke
E
73
71
144
CUT
Aaron Cockerill
1
75
70
145
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
1
71
74
145
CUT
Liam Johnston
1
73
72
145
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jack Senior
1
76
69
145
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
1
74
71
145
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
2
75
71
146
CUT
David Howell
2
73
73
146
CUT
Jake McLeod
2
74
72
146
CUT
Wade Ormsby
2
73
73
146
CUT
Toby Tree
2
74
72
146
CUT
Min Woo Lee
2
76
70
146
CUT
Dean Burmester
3
75
72
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
3
75
72
147
CUT
Dale Whitnell
3
75
72
147
CUT
Ross Cameron
4
76
72
148
CUT
Michael Campbell
4
77
71
148
CUT
Grant Forrest
4
76
72
148
CUT
Janne Kaske
4
78
70
148
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
4
74
74
148
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
5
77
72
149
CUT
Oscar Lengden
5
75
74
149
CUT
Chris Wood
5
73
76
149
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
6
78
72
150
CUT
Ross McGowan
6
74
76
150
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
6
74
76
150
CUT
Daan Huizing
7
76
75
151
CUT
Clement Sordet
7
77
74
151
CUT
Jordan Wrisdale
7
79
72
151
CUT
Scott Hend
10
75
79
154
CUT
Lee Slattery
16
82
78
160
WD
Niall Kearney
3
75
75
WD
Robert MacIntyre
6
78
78
WD
Alejandro Cañizares
9
79
38
117
WD
Callum Shinkwin
9
45
45