Joost Luiten is back in the lead at Celtic Manor and will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Wales Open tomorrow.
Round one leader Joost regained the lead in the third round carding -6 under par 65, to top the Wales Open leaderboard at -14 under par, and has the comfort of a two shot lead for the final round.
Joost reported he had played consistently well, and was happy with it;
“I’m happy with a good score today, I played solid, consistent, hit a lot of greens and holed some nice putts to start with. I didn’t really make a lot in the middle part, but came back strong at the end with three birdies on the last four, and I’m happy.”
“You’re in the last group, the greens are not as good as in the morning maybe and you just have to be patient out on the greens. They are quite soft and you have to create chances every hole and they will go in eventually and luckily it did for me at the end.”
Shane Lowery, yesterdays leader could only score -3 under par 68 in the third round, giving him a tournament total of -12 under par.
Shane had a fast start, recording three birdies in the first six holes, and then nothing, luckily not even a bogey;
“I got off to a flyer and just nothing really happened for me. I did make three good par saves, but I would have liked to make a couple more birdies and probably should have.”
“I’m right where I want to be for tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. I’m still there. If you had given me this Thursday morning before I stood on the first tee, I would have taken your hand off. I’m where I want to be and I feel like I have a chance tomorrow.”
“Joost is playing lovely but I felt like I played lovely myself. Just warm up the putter tonight and see what happens tomorrow.”
Grégory Havret carded a -5 under par 66 to lie three shots off the lead on -11 under par, alongside former champion Thongchai Jaidee, who shot -4 under par 67.
Grégory was happy to be recording rounds in the red, under par numbers, and hopes for another one tomorrow;
“I played good. Unfortunately the last three holes were not as good as the first 15, but it was definitely a good round.”
“Anything red in this beautiful course is always good, and that’s three in a row and hopefully another one tomorrow.”
Jamie Donaldson, of the three Ryder Cup players left in the competition, was best placed on -8 under par under after a 68. Lee Westwood had a -3 under par third round, which included a birdie-eagle finish, to post a -3 under total. Thomas Björn carded a level par 71, which was made up of 18 straight pars to remain at -2 under par for the tournament.