Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, leads the D+D REAL Czech Masters after 54 holes at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague.
Thomas carded a third round -7 under par 65, despite receiving a two shot penalty for playing the wrong ball ! With a -17 under par total he will take a two shot lead into the final round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters tomorrow.
Thomas started with an Eagle, and followed that with four birdies, before the bizarre incident on the par four 11th. He had found the rough off the fairway, found what he thought was his ball, and hit it out. Only to then see his ball still in the rough some feet away. Thomas still carded a six, even with the two shot penalty, but said it was a stupid mistake, especially as he was playing and putting well;
“The 11th hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have been a lower one but I’m still really happy with the way I played, and seven under is a good score on a Saturday.”
“I was hitting it well and putting well. There was no reason to get too upset. Things happen, it’s just a shame it happened today.”
“It was nice to fight back and finish off with a couple of birdies, but I need to learn from it obviously and not make stupid mistakes like that.”
“I was a little impatient in Spain when I was up there, especially the first six holes, so I need to stay patient tomorrow. “
“There will always been some nerves but I’ve been there before in Spain and I just need to stay as calm and patient as I can.”
Sweden’s Pele Edberg is in second place, just one shot behind at -16 under par, a bogey free -5 under par 67 keeping him in touch with the leader;
“It was a lot better than the previous two days. I was a lot better off the tee and took care of the par fives better.
“I didn’t hole as many putts but it is a good score. Thomas and I had a great day. We hit pretty much the same distance off the tee and with irons, so it helped me out and probably helped him out too.”
“I’ve not felt this comfortable in this position in past years. I’ve been extremely nervous. I’m feeling more confident in the stuff we are working on and the results I’m getting.”
“I’ve been up there a few weeks now and it is getting easier to adapt to the situation. I’m excited to get going and that is a good feeling.”
Third spot belongs to Thorbjørn Olesen, he too shot -5 under par 67 today, and has third to himself at -13 under par. Thorbjørn had a magical last hole, sinking a 68ft birdie putt on the 18th hole, after only just clearing the water with his approach shot;
“I felt great out there today and tried to play as aggressive as I could. I went after all the pins. It paid off. I hit some great putts.”
“I was much more loose today. I felt good on the range warming up.”
“I didn’t have too many worries out there. If I can get out there tomorrow and get the same feeling, I can be aggressive again. “
Matt Fitzpatrick, who shared the lead at the start of play, mixed four birdies with three bogeys to finish on -12 under alongside Robert Dinwiddie, tied in fourth.
Mikael Lundberg fired an eagle and six birdies as he equalled the course record, -8 under par 64 to finish in the large group on -9 under.