Swiss Challenge R3

Three share Swiss lead with all to play for on final day

June 06-09
Golf Sempach, Lucerne, Switzerland
€185,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


A fascinating final day is in store at the Swiss Challenge Presented by Swiss Golf with Christofer Blomstrand, Oliver Lindell and Julien Quesne sharing the 54-hole lead on 11 under par at Golf Sempachersee.

Three share Swiss lead with all to play for on final day, © Emanuel Stotzer
Christofer Blomstrand, © Emanuel Stotzer

Overnight leader Blomstrand was unable to add to his 36-hole tally as he carded a one over par 72, meaning Lindell’s four under par 67 and Quesne’s three under 68 were enough to take a share of the lead into the final day, with a further ten players within three shots of top spot.

Swede Blomstrand posted a stunning seven under par 64 on Day Two but found the going tougher on Day Three and was four over par at the turn due to double bogeys at the first and seventh holes.

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However, he bounced back on the final nine holes with birdies at the tenth, 12th and 13th before holing a tricky par putt on the 18th to ensure he is still one of the men to catch as the tournament reaches its conclusion tomorrow.

“It was more difficult today,” Blomstrand said. “It was a bit firmer everywhere and I would say it was simply tougher.

“I played quite well on the back nine actually. I was really bad on the front nine but I bounced back a bit so it will be a fun day tomorrow.

“The putt on 18 was a really hard one and I was lucky to make a good two-putt there. I will have a couple of putts now and then get ready for tomorrow.

“I didn’t feel so good on the range today. If my long game is good tomorrow I know I’m going to be up near the top of the leaderboard. I played really well on the back nine so I’m going to do the same tomorrow, hopefully.”

Three share Swiss lead with all to play for on final day, © Emanuel Stotzer
Oliver Lindell, © Emanuel Stotzer

Lindell carded six birdies, four bogeys and an eagle as he raced into a share of the lead and he believes his ball striking has been key this week as he goes in search of a first European Challenge Tour victory.

“I hoped for a lot of birdies today and I got them but there are still a few problems with my putting,” the Finn said. “I took two or three putts too many on the front nine but then it started to feel better on the back nine.

“My ball striking has been good all week, especially from the tee. You have to be really good from the tee to play well here because you have to hit it on the fairway. I missed the fairway once on the back nine and had no shot.”

Frenchman Quesne, a two-time Challenge Tour and two-time European Tour winner, has endured a difficult two years but is delighted to be back in the mix on the Challenge Tour circuit.

Three share Swiss lead with all to play for on final day, © Emanuel Stotzer
Julien Quesne, © Emanuel Stotzer

“I am really excited to be in with a chance of winning tomorrow,” he said. “I am quite happy with my game because it’s been a long time since I have played at this level so it’s been a good week for me so far.

“I’ve been working with my coach a lot over the last few weeks because I haven’t been hitting the ball very well.

“It’s been very hard for more than two years now. I’ve been injured a lot and I was thinking about stopping playing, so it will mean a lot to me if I win tomorrow.”


Behind the leading trio is Turkish Airlines Challenge winner Connor Syme, who is one shot back on ten under par following a five under 66, while Richard Bland, Mathieu Fenasse, Calum Hill and Ricardo Santos are a further shot behind on nine under par.

The final round will begin at 8.00am local time on Sunday June 9 with the leading trio of Blomstrand, Lindell and Quesne teeing off at 9.40am.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
LINDELL, Oliver
-11
66
69
67
202
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-11
66
64
72
202
QUESNE, Julien
-11
70
64
68
202
4
SYME, Connor
-10
67
70
66
203
5
SANTOS, Ricardo
-9
65
68
71
204
BLAND, Richard
-9
69
65
70
204
HILL, Calum
-9
69
66
69
204
FENASSE, Mathieu
-9
67
68
69
204
9
LAMPERT, Moritz
-8
66
68
71
205
STOW, Ben
-8
68
68
69
205
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-8
68
70
67
205
FARR, Oliver
-8
71
68
66
205
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-8
67
72
66
205
14
COUPLAND, Dave
-7
66
71
69
206
15
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-6
68
65
74
207
STEWART, Duncan
-6
66
69
72
207
17
SUCHAN, Daniel
-5
63
74
71
208
FERGUSON, Ewen
-5
72
67
69
208
SHARVIN, Cormac
-5
71
69
68
208
20
BOURDY, Grégory
-4
68
69
72
209
RUSCH, Benjamin
-4
68
71
70
209
CANTER, Laurie
-4
72
66
71
209
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-4
69
69
71
209
BOOTE, David
-4
70
71
68
209
TINNING, Nicolai
-4
72
68
69
209
NEIL, Bradley
-4
73
67
69
209
LINARD, Thomas
-4
67
74
68
209
HUIZING, Daan
-4
69
72
68
209
29
KIM, Minkyu
-3
63
74
73
210
COCKERILL, Aaron
-3
66
67
77
210
BESSELING, Wil
-3
67
69
74
210
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-3
70
71
69
210
NILEHN, Fredrik
-3
67
71
72
210
34
POKE, Benjamin
-2
75
65
71
211
ROZNER, Antoine
-2
67
72
72
211
DEL VAL, Samuel
-2
71
68
72
211
PERRIER, Damien
-2
68
73
70
211
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-2
67
74
70
211
SENIOR, Jack
-2
70
70
71
211
40
BALDWIN, Matthew
-1
68
70
74
212
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-1
68
70
74
212
GREGORY, Scott
-1
70
67
75
212
JORDAN, Matthew
-1
69
70
73
212
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
-1
70
70
72
212
45
EVANS, Ryan
Par
70
67
76
213
AGUILAR, Felipe
Par
67
71
75
213
BRAEUNIG, Christian
Par
68
71
74
213
COUSSAUD, Ugo
Par
71
68
74
213
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
Par
67
72
74
213
STARK, Oscar
Par
71
70
72
213
51
HEISELE, Sebastian
1
69
69
76
214
DI NITTO, Enrico
1
70
70
74
214
GARCIA-HEREDIA, Alfredo
1
72
69
73
214
KELLY, Sean
1
70
70
74
214
55
CLEMENTS, Todd
2
71
70
74
215
DAYDOU, Alexandre
2
73
68
74
215
ITEN, Marco
2
65
73
77
215
58
KEYSER, Mathiam
3
70
71
75
216
ZUNIC, Jordan
3
65
73
78
216
60
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
4
67
72
78
217
FORD, Matt
4
67
74
76
217
PIGEM, Carlos
4
72
69
76
217
MAZZOLI (AM), Stefano
4
74
67
76
217
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
4
71
70
76
217
65
TILEY, Steven
5
67
74
77
218
ANGLES, Pep
5
72
69
77
218
67
ECCLES, Ben
Par
69
73
142
ORRIN, Max
Par
69
73
142
KOEPKA, Chase
Par
69
73
142
LOPES, Vitor
Par
71
71
142
DAWSON, Robin
Par
72
70
142
ERIKSSON, Martin
Par
72
70
142
PORTEOUS, Garrick
Par
72
70
142
ROUSSEL, Robin
Par
69
73
142
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
Par
67
75
142
CEA, Michele
Par
75
67
142
77
MICHAEL, Anthony
1
73
70
143
CARLOTA, Joao
1
75
68
143
HIDALGO, Angel
1
72
71
143
KNAPPE, Alexander
1
68
75
143
RIU, Victor
1
69
74
143
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
1
69
74
143
BERARDO, Clément
1
68
75
143
84
LAFEBER, Maarten
2
72
72
144
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
2
74
70
144
MCCARTHY, Nick
2
70
74
144
YOUNG, Mark
2
73
71
144
GERHARDSEN (AM), Nicola
2
74
70
144
DEAN, Joe
2
69
75
144
EASTON, Bryce
2
69
75
144
MADDY, Paul
2
70
74
144
SIMONSEN, Martin
2
72
72
144
GIRRBACH, Joel
2
71
73
144
KÖLBING, Jonas
2
70
74
144
GREHAN, Stuart
2
71
73
144
RUUSKA, Lauri
2
69
75
144
97
ETTLIN (AM), Loic
3
77
68
145
FERNANDEZ, Scott
3
75
70
145
WRISDALE, Jordan
3
73
72
145
GRANT, Stephen
3
77
68
145
GALLIANO, Luca
3
72
73
145
SAXTON, Reinier
3
76
69
145
JENSEN, Lasse
3
71
74
145
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
3
69
76
145
HOWIE, Craig
3
71
74
145
106
TRAPPEL, Manuel
4
74
72
146
SPOONER, Billy
4
78
68
146
IM, Daniel
4
78
68
146
HANSON, Chris
4
76
70
146
COHEN, Perry
4
75
71
146
WIEGELE, Martin
4
72
74
146
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
4
67
79
146
FOOS, Dominic
4
71
75
146
MIVIS, Christopher
4
70
76
146
SARACINO, Andrea
4
73
73
146
116
ELVIRA, Manuel
5
72
75
147
WIDEGREN, Pontus
5
75
72
147
GRADECKI, Mateusz
5
71
76
147
PFEIFFER, Yann
5
69
78
147
WEPPERNIG, Philippe
5
71
76
147
GLOET, Christian
5
70
77
147
GUGLER (AM), Cédric
5
72
75
147
123
NOSEDA (AM), Alessandro
6
72
76
148
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
6
75
73
148
FREIBURGHAUS, Jeremy
6
73
75
148
FORD, Charlie
6
75
73
148
MOHR, Marcus
6
74
74
148
JOANNES, Hugues
6
77
71
148
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo
6
74
74
148
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
6
73
75
148
131
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
7
72
77
149
MERONK, Adrian
7
72
77
149
GEYGER, Nico
7
73
76
149
OVESEN, Martin
7
74
75
149
PEACOCK, Daniel
7
72
77
149
136
LANGFORS, Per
8
78
72
150
STALTER, Joël
8
78
72
150
OLSEN, Aksel
8
75
75
150
139
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
9
74
77
151
SVANBERG, Fredrik
9
76
75
151
DOBIAS, Marc
9
73
78
151
VAN DRIEL, Darius
9
77
74
151
143
EL HALI, Karim
10
72
80
152
144
LENGDEN, Oscar
11
74
79
153
145
LEITMANNSTETTER, Aaron
12
78
76
154
STAL, Gary
12
74
80
154
147
MEJOW, Philipp
13
72
83
155
148
BURNIER, Jean-Luc
14
73
83
156
CALDERON, Matias
14
76
80
156
VIRTO, Borja
14
76
80
156
151
SHIM, Jaewoo
15
75
82
157
WITTMANN, Sebastian
15
83
74
157
153
ROCHDI, Soufiane
20
81
81
162
154
NEUMAYER, Bernard
21
82
81
163
155
FRANCIONI, Roberto
24
85
81
166
156
MURRAY, Michael
34
83
93
176