Tenerife Open R3

Stage set for tight final day battle in Tenerife

Tenerife Open 2021 R3
April 28 – May 02
Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4

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Nicolai von Dellingshausen (Getty Images)

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Kalle Samooja recorded a five under par round of 66 to join overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day of the Tenerife Open, with a large chasing pack in hot pursuit.


Tenerife Open 2021 R3

“My short game was pretty spot on today,” said Samooja. “Ball striking hasn’t been that pretty, especially today, so you need to find something in your game that works. I didn’t change my game plan. I think the wind was pretty much the same as we had yesterday afternoon and evening, so we kind of got used to it yesterday when it was a little tricky.”

“‘Play better on Saturday’ is the first thing I have learned. I’ve been playing pretty bad on Saturdays. But it’s a learning process and it’s a long week. Four days is a lot of good golf to play. It’s pretty tightly packed and anything can happen so you need to be relaxed and make a lot of birdies.”


Tenerife Open 2021 R3

Both of the leaders are seeking a maiden European Tour win, with 2018 European Challenge Tour graduate Samooja having lost out in a play-off in each of his full seasons on Tour.

Von Dellingshausen entered the third round with a three-shot lead at Golf Costa Adeje, and he kept his nose in front for most of the day as his rivals closed in, signing for a one under par round of 70 to get to 17-under par after holing a crucial putt on the last.

“The last two holes were actually a boost. I misread my first putt by quite a bit and then rolled in from two metres on the 17th, and then that swinger on the last,” said Von Dellingshausen. “Putting was good the last few days as well, especially from those distances. It’s always good when you finish with a putt like that.”


Tenerife Open 2021 R3

“I had to be very patient. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have any nerves just going out here. It’s a situation that is not completely new to me, but it’s a different set up on the European Tour. I tried to stay patient and I did. I wasn’t forcing anything as I know from the past that things can go wrong at times. I didn’t hit enough fairways to really hit it close especially in the wind.”

Finn Samooja recorded six birdies and a single bogey in his round of 66 to join the German at the summit, one shot clear of South African Dean Burmester, who had a rollercoaster back nine that included three birdies, three bogies and an eagle.

“On the front nine I pretty much flushed it for nine holes,” said Burmester. “Got on to the 10th tee, little bit of a wait, bit of indecision and hit my first bad shot. That proved to be the story of the back nine. Played the par threes poorly. But all-in-all if you had given me 66, five under, around here in the wind, I would definitely have taken it. “I haven’t won in a long time so we will need to wait and see what happens. The nice thing is that I’ve been here before, many times, so if it’s my time tomorrow, it’s my time. If it isn’t, I’ll just carry on waiting.”


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Tenerife Open 2021 R3

Sebastian Garcia-Rodriguez is the leading Spanish player at 15-under par alongside Poland’s Adrian Meronk and Yikeun Chang of South Korea, with another Spaniard in Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, South African Garrick Higgo and American pair Sean Crocker and John Catlin one shot further back.

“It was very good, I’m so happy,” said Garcia-Rodriguez. “After a low round, every golf course seems perfect for me. Today we were lucky that there was not too much wind. The golf course suits me, the greens are very good. My driving and putting has been good. I’m hitting the irons well and have confidence with the driver.”

“After Kenya, I played so badly in my next few tournaments, but I needed a rest. Now I’m playing well again. I have been speaking a lot with my caddie to help me improve and his advice has been to smile more and just enjoy it. Now I’m trying to play with a smile. It has helped me to have more self- confidence and that has reflected in the scores. My goal goal is just to keep the confidence up and play the same way.”

Tenerife Open 2021 R3

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Kalle Samooja
-17
64
66
66
196
T1
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-17
64
62
70
196
3
Dean Burmester
-16
63
68
66
197
T4
Yi Keun Chang
-15
67
64
67
198
T4
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-15
66
68
64
198
T4
Adrian Meronk
-15
68
65
65
198
T7
John Catlin
-14
63
69
67
199
T7
Sean Crocker
-14
67
64
68
199
T7
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-14
69
64
66
199
T7
Garrick Higgo
-14
63
70
66
199
T11
Jonathan Caldwell
-13
66
68
66
200
T11
Sihwan Kim
-13
67
65
68
200
T11
Edoardo Molinari
-13
69
65
66
200
T11
Eduard Rousaud (a)
-13
64
66
70
200
T15
Alexander Björk
-12
63
69
69
201
T15
Louis De Jager
-12
66
66
69
201
T15
Justin Harding
-12
66
69
66
201
T15
Scott Hend
-12
66
64
71
201
T15
Scott Jamieson
-12
69
61
71
201
T15
Masahiro Kawamura
-12
65
72
64
201
T21
Pep Angles
-11
65
64
73
202
T21
Adri Arnaus
-11
65
71
66
202
T21
Laurie Canter
-11
65
70
67
202
T21
Francesco Laporta
-11
68
67
67
202
T21
Jordan Smith
-11
67
67
68
202
T21
Paul Waring
-11
67
65
70
202
T27
Nino Bertasio
-10
67
67
69
203
T27
Alejandro Cañizares
-10
68
65
70
203
T27
Joakim Lagergren
-10
67
70
66
203
T27
Zander Lombard
-10
71
64
68
203
T27
Guido Migliozzi
-10
70
68
65
203
T27
Thorbjørn Olesen
-10
62
69
72
203
T27
Pedro Oriol
-10
69
69
65
203
T27
Justin Walters
-10
68
70
65
203
T35
Maverick Antcliff
-9
66
69
69
204
T35
Eduardo De la Riva
-9
67
69
68
204
T35
Jamie Donaldson
-9
69
67
68
204
T35
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
69
69
66
204
T35
Andrew Johnston
-9
67
67
70
204
T35
Richie Ramsay
-9
69
67
68
204
T35
Matthias Schwab
-9
68
69
67
204
T35
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-9
64
73
67
204
T35
Julian Suri
-9
66
70
68
204
T44
Mikko Korhonen
-8
68
70
67
205
T44
Pablo Larrazabal
-8
66
70
69
205
T44
Alexander Levy
-8
67
69
69
205
T44
Richard Mansell (a)
-8
68
70
67
205
T44
Callum Shinkwin
-8
71
65
69
205
T44
Sami Valimaki
-8
67
70
68
205
T50
Matt Ford
-7
69
66
71
206
T50
Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela
-7
72
65
69
206
T50
James Morrison
-7
68
69
69
206
T50
Adrian Otaegui
-7
69
67
70
206
T50
Ashun Wu
-7
70
66
70
206
T55
Ross Fisher
-6
69
69
69
207
T55
Nicolai Højgaard
-6
69
68
70
207
T55
Joost Luiten
-6
65
70
72
207
T55
Marcel Schneider
-6
67
69
71
207
T55
Sebastian Soderberg
-6
70
68
69
207
T55
Toby Tree
-6
65
69
73
207
T55
Dale Whitnell
-6
71
66
70
207
T55
Lars van Meijel
-6
69
68
70
207
T63
Kristoffer Broberg
-5
68
70
70
208
T63
Aaron Cockerill
-5
69
68
71
208
T63
Rhys Enoch
-5
72
66
70
208
T63
Ben Evans
-5
70
67
71
208
T63
Jake McLeod
-5
68
69
71
208
T63
Matthieu Pavon
-5
70
68
70
208
T63
Eddie Pepperell
-5
68
68
72
208
T63
Oliver Wilson
-5
73
62
73
208
T71
Grant Forrest
-4
68
66
75
209
T71
Matthew Jordan
-4
68
69
72
209
T71
Haydn Porteous
-4
68
70
71
209
T74
Raphael Jacquelin
-3
69
68
73
210
T74
Niall Kearney
-3
69
69
72
210
T76
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
69
68
74
211
T76
Darius van Driel
-2
68
69
74
211
CUT
Marcus Armitage
-3
71
68
139
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Dave Coupland
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Scott Fernandez
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Gregory Havret
-3
72
67
139
CUT
David Law
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Garrick Porteous
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Ricardo Santos
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Jack Senior
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Matthew Southgate
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Jeff Winther
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Jorge Campillo
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Ashley Chesters
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Berry Henson
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Calum Hill
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Liam Johnston
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Tom McKibbin
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Andrea Pavan
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Max Schmitt
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Connor Syme
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Chris Wood
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Clement Sordet
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Oliver Farr
E
69
73
142
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
E
70
72
142
CUT
Oliver Fisher
E
73
69
142
CUT
Peter Hanson
E
69
73
142
CUT
David Horsey
E
75
67
142
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
E
72
70
142
CUT
Ondrej Lieser (a)
E
72
70
142
CUT
Jose-Filipe Lima
E
71
71
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
E
69
73
142
CUT
Borja Virto
E
72
70
142
CUT
Richard Bland
1
69
74
143
CUT
Carlos Pigem
1
70
73
143
CUT
Adrien Saddier
1
72
71
143
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
1
69
74
143
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
1
69
74
143
CUT
Paul Dunne
2
72
72
144
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
2
72
72
144
CUT
Julien Guerrier
2
69
75
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
2
77
67
144
CUT
Richard McEvoy
2
75
69
144
CUT
Robin Roussel
2
73
71
144
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
2
73
71
144
CUT
Joel Stalter
2
73
71
144
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
3
74
71
145
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
3
75
70
145
CUT
Tom Gandy
3
72
73
145
CUT
Janne Kaske
3
69
76
145
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
3
72
73
145
CUT
Ross McGowan
3
75
70
145
CUT
Renato Paratore
3
71
74
145
CUT
Benjamin Poke
3
77
68
145
CUT
Antoine Rozner
3
78
67
145
CUT
Euan Walker (a)
3
72
73
145
CUT
Luis Claverie
4
71
75
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
4
72
74
146
CUT
Johannes Veerman
4
70
76
146
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
4
71
75
146
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
5
71
76
147
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
5
75
72
147
CUT
Samuel Del Val
6
73
75
148
CUT
Romain Langasque
6
77
71
148
CUT
Lee Slattery
7
76
73
149
CUT
Steven Tiley
7
74
75
149
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
8
79
71
150
CUT
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
11
74
79
153
WD
David Drysdale
3
74
74