Turkish Airlines Open R3

Schwab takes control

November 07-10
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Antalya, Turkey
$7,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Matthias Schwab increased his advantage at the Turkish Airlines Open to three strokes after another low-scoring day at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek.

Turkish Airlines Open R3 - Schwab takes control
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“I got off to a really nice start on the first hole with the eagle that I made and then played solid golf all around except for that one little hiccup I had on 13, but other than that, I was hitting them well. Made a few putts. Overall it was a good day.

“The game plan is going to be the same as it’s been the last three days. The course is gettable and there are a lot of birdies out there, so I’ll just stay aggressive because pars won’t be enough.”

Fresh from his tied fourth finish at WGC-HSBC Champions last week – on what was his World Golf Championships debut – the Austrian continued his fine run of form, posting a six under par 66 to move to 18 under par after starting the day one stroke ahead.


“I started putting with the flag in last week at the HSBC in China. My caddie came up with the idea. They weren’t really going in before, and especially in Paris, so we tried something different, and it seems to work.”

The 24-year-old has nine top ten finishes to his name in 2019, including a runner-up result at the Porsche European Open, as he goes in search of a maiden European Tour victory and a first Rolex Series title.

He will face stiff competition on the final day, however, as 2018 Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed is one of five players who will start the final round three strokes behind.

“Any time you shoot 65, you’re happy. There’s a lot I left out there today, just alone on two of the par 5s and 5-footer for birdie, that was straightforward and ended up walking off with 6. Missed a really short one for birdie on 4, just those alone, that’s three shots.


“I left a couple out there but at the same time I made some putts I needed to make. I had a crucial save I felt like on 12. I was able to make the putt on the last, just kind of keep the momentum going. You know, how the conditions are, it’s warm and benign winds; you’re able to attack this place, so you’ve got to stay aggressive and make a lot of birdies.”

Reed is joined in a share of second by Englishmen Ross Fisher and Tyrrell Hatton, France’s Benjamin Hebert and Robert MacIntyre of Scotland. Hebert fired the joint-low round of the day, an eight under par 64, to move 23 spots on the leaderboard.

“Normally I’m quite a negative person but in the last sort of month, I’ve actually felt quite confident,” said Hatton. “I changed shafts in my irons which has been a big help. Gone to a completely new grip and it’s been really good. It’s the best I’ve played all year, and just the putter hasn’t really been my friend, which in years gone by, it’s been a strength; it’s definitely been the weakness this year for me.


“So obviously if I can keep giving myself chances, you’re going to make a few occasionally and hopefully I can do that again.”

Scott Jamieson of Scotland, Frenchman Victor Perez and South African Erik van Rooyen round out the top ten on 13 under par.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-18
65
67
66
198
T2
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-15
67
70
64
201
T2
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-15
68
68
65
201
T2
Patrick Reed
USA
-15
71
65
65
201
T2
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-15
71
63
67
201
T2
Ross Fisher
ENG
-15
69
64
68
201
T7
Victor Perez
FRA
-13
68
69
66
203
T7
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-13
70
67
66
203
T7
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-13
67
68
68
203
T10
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-12
69
68
67
204
T10
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-12
68
68
68
204
T10
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-12
69
67
68
204
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-12
71
65
68
204
T10
Justin Harding
RSA
-12
69
65
70
204
T15
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-11
68
73
64
205
T15
Paul Waring
ENG
-11
70
67
68
205
T17
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-10
71
68
67
206
T17
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-10
70
68
68
206
T17
Zander Lombard
RSA
-10
73
67
66
206
T17
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-10
68
69
69
206
T17
Romain Langasque
FRA
-10
70
66
70
206
T17
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
65
70
71
206
T17
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-10
71
64
71
206
T17
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
67
66
73
206
T25
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-9
72
67
68
207
T25
Ryan Fox
NZL
-9
73
65
69
207
T25
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-9
71
70
66
207
T25
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
67
69
71
207
T25
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-9
66
70
71
207
T25
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-9
68
68
71
207
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-9
66
68
73
207
T25
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-9
68
66
73
207
T25
Justin Rose
ENG
-9
67
67
73
207
T25
Alexander Noren
SWE
-9
66
67
74
207
T25
Danny Willett
ENG
-9
67
66
74
207
T36
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-8
71
68
69
208
T36
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-8
68
71
69
208
T36
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-8
75
67
66
208
T39
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-7
70
69
70
209
T39
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-7
72
67
70
209
T39
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-7
72
68
69
209
T39
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
71
67
71
209
T39
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
69
68
72
209
T39
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
73
69
67
209
T45
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
71
67
72
210
T45
Matt Wallace
ENG
-6
74
67
69
210
T45
Renato Paratore
ITA
-6
73
68
69
210
T45
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-6
68
68
74
210
T45
Aaron Rai
ENG
-6
68
67
75
210
T50
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-5
72
70
69
211
T50
Martin Kaymer
GER
-5
70
72
69
211
T52
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
72
65
75
212
T52
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
75
67
70
212
T54
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-3
69
72
72
213
T54
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
71
71
71
213
T54
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-3
71
72
70
213
T54
Chris Paisley
ENG
-3
73
72
68
213
T58
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
73
68
73
214
T58
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
70
72
72
214
T58
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
73
70
71
214
T58
Haotong Li
CHN
-2
73
71
70
214
T62
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
75
66
74
215
T62
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
70
73
72
215
T64
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
71
75
70
216
T64
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
75
73
68
216
T66
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
1
72
70
75
217
T66
Oliver Wilson
ENG
1
71
74
72
217
T66
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
74
73
70
217
69
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
76
71
71
218
70
George Coetzee
RSA
3
71
71
77
219
T71
David Drysdale
SCO
4
72
72
76
220
T71
Steven Brown
ENG
4
74
75
71
220
73
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
6
71
75
76
222
74
Taner Yamac
TUR
7
72
72
79
223
DSQ
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
70
72
142