There are two players tied at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard. Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick have a two shot advantage after 54 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.
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Matt and Danny sit on top of the Omega European Masters tournament with -12 under par totals. Matt carded a third round -6 under par 66, which included two bogey’s. Danny went backwards with a +1 over par round of 71, after starting the day with a one shot advantage.
Matt, the former US Amateur Champion, thanked the dentist who sorted out his troublesome toothache yesterday;
“I didn’t get off to the best of starts, with a bogey at the first, at that point 74 was looking much more likely than 64”
“I feel like I’ve been playing well for a while now, so it’s been coming but 65-64 yesterday and today is still good going.”
“I also have to thank the dentists I visited yesterday, because I was in a lot of pain at the start of the week, but they did a pretty good job on me.”
“I’ve just got to keep it going really. It sounds really boring, but I’ll be taking it one hole at a time and trying to stay in the moment, and stay patient. Although that’s easier said than done!”
Danny on the other hand was not feeling too well out on the course, and it was a tough day weatherwise;
“Golf’s not the greatest game when you’re feeling a little bit under the weather, but I won’t be using it as an excuse.”
“It wasn’t the best of days, and the round could’ve got away from me early doors. So it was good to hang tough and finish off the round quite nicely.”
“Hopefully that’s my one bad round out the way.”
“If we get another day like today, not too many people are going to go low out there, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
“Hopefully I can commit to a few more shots than I did today.”
Raphaël Jacquelin is in third place at -10 under par, a -2 under par 68 keeping him in touch with the leaders, he carded a triple bogey seven, on the par four 4th, but recovered with eight birdies.
The defending champion David Lipsky lies in fourth place at -9 under, with the Korean pair of Seuk-hyun Baek and Y E Yang a shot further back at -8 under par for the tournament.
David reported just how bad the weather was out on the Crans-sur-Sierre course;
“It was brutal out there with the winds picking up. I made up ground with the leaders which was my goal today.”
“I thought I would lose ground shooting one-under but with this wind today, you just got to hold on and hope for the best.”
“Obviously I want to win the title and there’s lots of pressure involved with that. But whoever I’m playing with tomorrow, I’m just going to go out there and have some fun.”
“I’ll definitely be looking at the leaderboard as it helps to know what I need to do to progress through the round.”
Seuk-hyun was amazed to find he was only four shots off the lead at the end of the day;
“When I reached the last hole, I found out I was only four back. So I still have a chance.”