Paul Dunne maintains his one-shot lead at 17-under-199
Paul Dunne will take a shot lead heading into the final round at the Open de Espana, and is being chased by two local greats Jon Rahm and Nacho Elvira, playing at the beautiful Centro Nacional de Golf Club in Madrid, Spain.
The Irishman entered Day 3 with a three-shot lead over the trio Nacho Elvira, Brett Rumford, and Callum Shinkwin and fired four-under-68 today for a shot lead over the local Spanish player Nacho Elvira at 17-under-199.
“It’s probably the best my swing has felt, the best my body has felt like it’s been moving, but I just didn’t pull the shots off,” said Dunne.
“There was a lot of grinding there on the back nine but I’m happy to get in with four under. Probably wouldn’t have taken it at the start of the day but given the shots that I hit, I’m pretty happy with it leading into tomorrow.
“Everything feels good, the game feels great, I just didn’t pick shots. I hit a few shots without having a shot in mind so that’s something to work on for tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll have a good day. I’m confident about tomorrow.”
Elvira is looking forward to his maiden European Tour Title, after a playoff loss at 2016 Trophee Hassan II, his best finish on the Tour. Elvira, although has four Challenge Tour, wins to his name. Dunne is determined to take home his second European Tour Title after a win at the British Masters in late Oct. of 2017 and is facing challenges from two local heroes Rahm and Elvira, as even Rahm is in the hunt for his maiden win on his home soil.
Rahm sits two-shot back at 17-under-201 with the third round of six-under-66 consisting seven birdies and a lone bogey on the par-3 14th. Rahm has gained over 500 spots upwards with his performance over the past one year and has the tenacity to win anywhere as he has proven on the PGA TOUR too. His last win came at the Career Builder Challenge in Jan. 2018, in a playoff against Andrew Landry on the fourth playoff hole.
Rahm is joined by Henric Sturehed who matched his score on the 13th hole when both dropped a shot on 13th and 14th consecutively, giving an opportunity to Elvira to move a shot ahead of them for a lone second place on the board.
The defending champion Andrew Johnston posted 3-under-69 for the day for a T-10th finish on the board with Neil Bradley, Jacques Krusyswijk, and Maximilian Kieffer at 11-under-205, six-shot far from the leader.
Challenge Tour graduates of 2017 Aaron Rai and Neil Bradley posted rounds of six-under-66 and four-under-68 to climb 16 and five-spots up on the board from Friday. Aaron Rai is tied for the seventh spot on board with Jorge Campillo and the opening round co-leader Marc Warren at 12-under-204.
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