Turkish Airlines Challenge - R3

Meronk in Pole position in Turkey

April 25-28
Samsun Golf Club, Samsun, Turkey
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Adrian Meronk will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Challenge at Samsun Golf Club after posting a seven under par 65 on another day of incredibly high quality on the European Challenge Tour.

Meronk in Pole position in Turkey, © Getty Images
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Meronk’s three-round total of 21 under par means he has a one-shot advantage over playing partner and overnight leader Mark Flindt Haastrup who carded a four under 68 for a 20 under par total, while English duo Matthew Jordan and Ben Stow are a shot further back on 19 under par.

The Pole immediately began building on his overnight total of 14 under par with a pair of birdies and an eagle on the front nine before posting four more gains and a single bogey on the back nine, meaning he will begin the final round one shot ahead of Haastrup, with whom he will resume battle on the final day.

It was another excellent day for Meronk, who recorded his only bogey on the 505-yard par four 16th hole.

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“It was pretty solid again,” Meronk said. “I played good golf and didn’t make many mistakes so that was the key again.

“My plan was the same as every day. I changed the club for a couple of tee shots to stay out of danger but other than that, it was the same.

“The 16th is probably the hardest hole and definitely the longest of the par fours. The landing area for driver is pretty small. I hit a good drive actually but took the wrong club for the second shot and left it a little bit short of the green and just didn’t make up and down. It was still a good effort for a par and I couldn’t do much more.”

During the 2018 season, Meronk placed himself in promising positions on numerous occasions but was not able to close out victory, something he hopes will change on Sunday.

“I have been in this position before so I have some experience but I’m just going to try and play my game as best I can and try to enjoy it,” Meronk.

“I’ve been there before so I’ve seen my name on the leaderboard many times before and last year I wasn’t able to close it but I hope tomorrow will be the day I do. If not, that’s fine, we just move on.


“It would be great to win tomorrow. I don’t even want to think about it now; I just want to play 18 good holes tomorrow and see what happens.

“I’m just going to do the same stuff. I think my strategy is pretty good for this course and has been working pretty well this week so I’m just going to stick to it and not change anything.”

Grégory Havret carded the low round of the day, a sublime ten under par 62 to reach 16 under overall, before Stow posted a nine under 63 while Niclas Johansson and Santiago Tarrio Ben both signed for eight under par rounds of 64 to move into a tie for ninth ahead of the final day.

Meronk was one of five players to post rounds of 65, with Junior Ryder Cup star Nicolai Højgaard, Jonas Kolbing, Moritz Lampert and Martin Simonsen also taking advantage of scoring opportunities by carding seven under par rounds at Samsun Golf Club.

Behind Jordan and Stow in tied third are first round leader Francesco Laporta and Connor Syme in tied fifth on 18 under par, both of whom posted six under par rounds of 66.

The final round will begin at 7.00am local time, with Meronk and Haastrup teeing off in the final game at 11.51am.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
MERONK, Adrian
-21
68
62
65
195
2
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-20
67
61
68
196
3
JORDAN, Matthew
-19
68
62
67
197
STOW, Ben
-19
70
64
63
197
5
LAPORTA, Francesco
-18
62
70
66
198
SYME, Connor
-18
65
67
66
198
7
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
-17
66
66
67
199
VAN DRIEL, Darius
-17
64
69
66
199
9
TREE, Toby
-16
65
67
68
200
BRUN, Julien
-16
68
65
67
200
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
-16
70
66
64
200
HAVRET, Grégory
-16
68
70
62
200
JOHANSSON, Niclas
-16
65
71
64
200
14
ROUSSEL, Robin
-15
67
65
69
201
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-15
66
65
70
201
BESSELING, Wil
-15
66
68
67
201
BOYD, Gary
-15
67
66
68
201
LLOYD, Chris
-15
71
64
66
201
19
LINDELL, Oliver
-13
68
67
68
203
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
-13
69
65
69
203
FENASSE, Mathieu
-13
70
67
66
203
LAMPERT, Moritz
-13
67
71
65
203
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-13
70
68
65
203
KOLBING, Jonas
-13
66
72
65
203
25
HENRY, Scott
-12
68
65
71
204
KNAPPE, Alexander
-12
67
67
70
204
COUPLAND, Dave
-12
67
69
68
204
O’ROURKE, Conor
-12
68
67
69
204
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-12
70
67
67
204
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
-12
69
68
67
204
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-12
68
70
66
204
FORD, Matt
-12
71
67
66
204
CARLSSON, Magnus A
-12
71
67
66
204
SIMONSEN, Martin
-12
69
70
65
204
35
GROS, Sébastien
-11
66
70
69
205
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-11
68
66
71
205
ABBOTT, Jamie
-11
68
68
69
205
BLAND, Richard
-11
70
67
68
205
BERARDO, Clément
-11
70
69
66
205
WRISDALE, Jordan
-11
70
67
68
205
41
RIU, Victor
-10
66
69
71
206
ROZNER, Antoine
-10
65
72
69
206
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-10
68
71
67
206
KIM, Minkyu
-10
68
71
67
206
45
HEISELE, Sebastian
-9
70
65
72
207
JOHN, Allen
-9
68
69
70
207
GASPAR, Miguel
-9
69
68
70
207
TILEY, Steven
-9
69
69
69
207
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-9
70
69
68
207
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-9
69
69
69
207
51
NEMECZ, Lukas
-8
69
69
70
208
WAITE, Mitch
-8
68
69
71
208
53
CHO, Rak hyun
-7
71
66
72
209
ENOCH, Rhys
-7
69
69
71
209
LENGDEN, Oscar
-7
72
66
71
209
MCCARTHY, Nick
-7
72
67
70
209
57
KEYSER, Matthiam
-6
70
69
71
210
MADDY, Paul
-6
70
68
72
210
59
SAXTON, Reinier
-3
69
70
74
213
60
FOOS, Dominic
-2
69
70
75
214
61
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
-4
69
71
140
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-4
71
69
140
KAKKO, Roope
-4
68
72
140
MCBRIDE, Paul
-4
66
74
140
MANSELL, Richard
-4
70
70
140
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-4
72
68
140
DAVIDSON, Jack
-4
71
69
140
MØLLER, Niklas Norgaard
-4
71
69
140
STALTER, Joël
-4
68
72
140
ANGLES, Pep
-4
68
72
140
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-4
75
65
140
HUIZING, Daan
-4
70
70
140
FERGUSON, Ewen
-4
72
68
140
SARACINO, Andrea
-4
70
70
140
75
EASTON, Bryce
-3
73
68
141
SANTOS, Ricardo
-3
75
66
141
WIDEGREN, Pontus
-3
69
72
141
LIMA, José-Filipe
-3
74
67
141
VALIMAKI, Sami
-3
69
72
141
ERIKSSON, Philip
-3
70
71
141
LINARD, Thomas
-3
73
68
141
PIGEM, Carlos
-3
68
73
141
ROSS, Craig
-3
73
68
141
PERRIER, Damien
-3
73
68
141
85
ALTUNTAS, Ali
-2
71
71
142
STEWART, Duncan
-2
69
73
142
STUREHED, Henric
-2
71
71
142
ERIKSSON, Martin
-2
71
71
142
ECCLES, Ben
-2
72
70
142
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
-2
72
70
142
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-2
74
68
142
VIRTO, Borja
-2
70
72
142
SPOONER, Billy
-2
67
75
142
94
MCDONALD, Jack
-1
70
73
143
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-1
72
71
143
SHARVIN, Cormac
-1
72
71
143
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-1
74
69
143
NILEHN, Fredrik
-1
71
72
143
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
-1
71
72
143
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
-1
73
70
143
MRUZEK, Filip
-1
71
72
143
GILLBERG, Oliver
-1
72
71
143
MIVIS, Christopher
-1
71
72
143
POKE, Benjamin
-1
71
72
143
NEIL, Bradley
-1
71
72
143
COHEN, Perry
-1
73
70
143
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-1
73
70
143
HILL, Calum
-1
68
75
143
DAYDOU, Alexandre
-1
69
74
143
110
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
Par
74
70
144
KARLBERG, Rikard
Par
72
72
144
DAWSON, Robin
Par
76
68
144
MATUS, Stanislav
Par
71
73
144
AHOKAS, Antti
Par
73
71
144
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
Par
69
75
144
116
HANSON, Chris
1
71
74
145
RUTHERFORD, Jamie
1
73
72
145
NEUMAYER, Bernard
1
71
74
145
ROBB, Chris
1
73
72
145
OVESEN, Martin
1
76
69
145
STAL, Gary
1
73
72
145
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
1
75
70
145
123
MOHR, Marcus
2
73
73
146
HOWIE, Craig
2
73
73
146
SAINZ, Javier
2
69
77
146
ITEN, Marco
2
72
74
146
GLOET, Christian
2
72
74
146
BOOTE, David
2
72
74
146
129
JOANNES, Hugues
3
75
72
147
GRADECKI, Mateusz
3
74
73
147
CALDWELL, Jonathan
3
76
71
147
WEJSHAG, Anton
3
73
74
147
133
TINNING, Nicolai
4
76
72
148
ELLIS, Harry
4
72
76
148
135
SHIM, Jaewoo
5
75
74
149
KÖK, Fahrettin
5
79
70
149
137
CARLOTA, Joao
6
74
76
150
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
6
74
76
150
COUSSAUD, Ugo
6
77
73
150
LACROIX, Frederic
6
75
75
150
STARK, Oscar
6
81
69
150
142
YAMAC (AM), Taner
7
79
72
151
143
SAYIN, Hamza
8
75
77
152
144
SJÖHOLM, Joel
9
74
79
153
145
KAPLAN (AM), Orkunhan
10
81
73
154
HURLEY, Gary
10
74
80
154
OLSEN, Aksel
10
79
75
154
148
CHOI (AM), Junmin
11
76
79
155
SHEPHERD, Jake
11
81
74
155
150
UYAR (AM), Emre
12
79
77
156
151
KARATAS, Bulent
15
79
80
159
ASLAN (AM), Tarik
15
79
80
159
153
HRINDA (AM), Jakub
18
78
84
162
154
CELIK (AM), Berk
23
80
87
167
W/D
KIMSEY, Nathan 4
76
W/D
DREIER, Frederik 4
76