Paul Waring has put himself in position to win his maiden European Tour victory at the Portugal Masters.
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Paul Waring has a two shot lead going into the final round of the Portugal Masters after carding a -4 under par third round of 67, for a -16 under par total.
Paul has been playing on a medical exemption said things got really good on the back nine;
“It was very good towards the end of the round. I started a bit poorly and didn’t quite hit it close enough but holed some nice putts towards the end of the day. I feel pretty good, two ahead, so we will see what happens tomorrow. You don’t know what’s going to happen with the other lads, what anyone else is going to score. You can’t control those sorts of things.All I can do is control what I can control and add them up at the end of the day and see what happens.”
One of four players sharing second place at -14 under par is Scott Jamieson who came agonizingly close to shooting a 59 on the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course. The ball grazed the edge of the hole at the last and Scott had to settle for the 18th round of 60 on the European Tour. Scott only made the cut by one shot at the half way stage. He spoke about his round, and the missed opportunity;
“I said to Richard (his caddie) playing 17 I really want to make a birdie here so we have a chance of it going down the last and I could not have asked to hit a better shot in. It pitched just short of the hole, what a chip as well. When I birdied the 13th I said to Richard then ‘A few more and we could be part of history’. I was definitely nervous but thinking about it from the tournament point of view the leaders are going to be a minimum of 16, 17 maybe 18 under going into tomorrow so that kept me going from a pushing point of view. I felt like I have been playing well for a while, a few good rounds in there. Yesterday I didn’t necessarily play poorly, just didn’t score well so it was nice today.”
Tied with Scott in second spot are, Hennie Otto, Simon Thornton and Jamie Donaldson, and seeing the way this course is playing even those players on -13 under par could shoot a low round tomorrow and contest this tournament. Players at -13 include Alvaro Quiros, Chris Doak, and Pablo Larrazâbal.
I wish good luck for Paul Waring in his quest for his maiden victory.