Hennie Otto is still on a high at the Italian Open as he will take a two-stroke lead into the final round on Sunday.
Hennie had to scramble a par on the last hole from the tree’s, his wayward tee shot found its way into the woods and he had to take a penalty drop, but recovered well to make par. It had been a tough day for Hennie, carding two bogey’s and a double to record a -1 under par 71 third round at Circolo Golf Torino and post a tournament score of -16 under par ;
“It was a rough day to be honest, my back started to tighten after eight holes but I managed to get it round even though I couldn’t swing it properly. I got a little lucky at times as well but you need that in this game if you are going to win a tournament.”
“It’s uncomfortable but not painful enough to stop me playing. I’m not really worried about it. I was in serious pain before the operations but this is nothing like that and I can get it fixed with some stretching and physio just now.”
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay is in second place at -14 under par, a third round -6 under par 66 elevated him into position to make a charge in the final round tomorrow. He has some sympathy for Stephen Gallacher, who was hoping to move into the last automatic pick place for the Ryder Cup;
“It’s a tough one because I know Stevie well and am down at Kingsfield a fair bit where he practices, which is about a mile from his house.”
“It’s a big, big ask for him but he has shown how good a player he is and if he did not qualify automatically he would be an asset to the team, not only because of his ball-striking but his attitude as well. His record at Gleneagles is impressive too.”
“I would hate to be the person to deny him a place on The Ryder Cup but I know if it comes down to it, he plays to win and that’s the same attitude I have to have.”
Bernd Wiesberger is in third place, a further shot back on -13 under par, he too could only post -1 under par 71 in the third round. English duo of Lee Slattery and Ross Fisher are sharing fourth spot on -11 under par.
Ryder Cup hopeful Stevie Gallacher needs a top two finish to grab that last automatic place, but at -10 under par it is a big ask, but not impossible;
“It keeps me in touching distance, the worst thing I could have done was open up a big gap which was insurmountable. I’ve not done that so a good day on Sunday and I am still right in there. I had about four lip-outs today but they went in on Friday and I holed a couple of good putts at the end so it evens itself out.”
“It’s all to play for. You never know what happens in this game and guys have won from further back than this. I’ll just go out and try and get as many birdies as possible and see what happens.”
“This is the only time in my career that I would be happy not to win a golf tournament. Second will do me fine on Sunday.”