Two players are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Alstom Open De France at the conclusion of the third round on the Le Golf National course, Paris.
Graeme McDowell, joint leader / Getty Images
Graeme McDowell and Richard Sterne share the lead at -5 under par,going into the final round of the Alstom Open de France. Only 18 players managed to finish the third round with an under par score.
Graeme played well and as it was pointed out to him has a great opportunity to win his third event of the season;
“I hadn’t really thought about it but thanks for pointing that out! I hope I have the opportunity. It’s going to be phenomenal come 2018. The last four holes are as dramatic a risk-reward finish as you could imagine with a combination of a natural amphitheater. The 15th and 18th are two phenomenal holes, especially the pin position on 15 today. When the caddie in the group in front put the pin back in the hole on 15 I thought he’d missed the green with it. It looked like it was in the water. I played very nicely today and continued on from where I left off on Thursday and Friday. This course demands fairways and greens, most courses do but this one even more so. Shots off-line here get punished heavily. The greens are very firm. I described it earlier this week as a Scottish or Irish links meets the Players Championship at Sawgrass. It’s got the risk-reward with the water and it’s fast and firm like a links course. It’s a great combination. It’s been a rough couple of months, a few weekends off to contemplate what’s going on, but it’s done nothing but motivate me to work harder and harder and be more hungry for days like tomorrow so I will be excited and looking forward to it.”
Richard was well pleased with his 71 today;
“I’m very pleased with 71 in the end. This course can bite you in a lot of places and the finish here is probably the toughest on the tour. This golf course tends to do that, guys don’t keep on going low. There are a lot of guys bunched up. Someone can come from further back but hopefully I get off to a good start again tomorrow and keep it going.”
Tied in third place are Richard Green, Bernd Wiesberger and David Howell, all with a tournament total of -4 under par.
David said it was hard going today;
” It was not that pretty to be honest today, I could not have got much more out of that round. I dodged a few bullets and did not feel particularly comfortable so I’m delighted to get round in 69.”
It is still anybody’s tournament, and it will be great fun to watch it all unfold tomorrow.