Peter Uihlein peaked in the third round of the European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor.
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Peter took control of the Handa Wales Open shooting a third round -4 under par 67 and standing clear of the field at the top of the leaderboard with a total of -7 under par. That score gives him a three shot lead starting the final round tomorrow.
Peter moved into the lead with an Eagle three at the par five at ninth hole, after a stunning long iron to nine feet. Not content with that effort, he rolled in a 50-footer putt at the next hole, before picking up a further gain at 14 following an excellent approach. He said he had played solid golf and is looking forward to tomorrow;
“I was just solid today and was able to plot my way around, I am excited for tomorrow and looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve given myself a few opportunities this year and hopefully I can stick to my gameplan.”
Tied in second place at -4 under par are Thomas Levet and Grégory Bourdy, the two Frenchmen having very different rounds. Thomas also had a -4 under par 67, and echoed Peter’s comments about sold play;
“I played very solidly today, even when I bogeyed, I was quite unlucky. It was a very good round. I have played pretty good this year, there are some weeks I have played OK and nothing has happened. When things happen on the greens and you get lucky bounces, suddenly you’re back at the top of leaderboards.”
Grégory could only managed a -1 under par third round of 70, finding the water at the par three 13th to eventually card a double bogey. He said that at the end of the day he was quite happy;
“I am quite happy after the end because I had to fight to get pars on 17 and 18. Peter is playing very well and it is going to be a great day tomorrow.”
A stroke further back, at -3 under par tournament total and tied in fourth spot are Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Joost Luiten and Peter Hedblom.
Peter shot the day’s outstanding round, -5 under par 66. He had birdies on one, six, nine, thirteen, fourteen and seventeen, with his sole dropped shot coming at the sixteenth.
Tomorrow should be a good day for the American Peter Uihlein, a three shot lead is a comfortable margin to take into the last round at The Celtic Manor.