There are two players tied at the top of the Spanish Open leaderboard, English pair David Howell and James Morrison.
James and David will take a two shot lead into the final round of the Spanish Open at Real Club de Golf El Prat, both sharing the top spot at the end of 54 holes on -7 under par.
James carded a third round -4 under par 68, and David with a -3 under par 69 to reach the -7 under par totals, on another day of strong winds and fast greens in Barcelona.
James, who won his only European Tour title to date in Madeira five years ago, spoke about today’s up and down round, including a seven;
“It’s been three very silly days, the first day I was three over after five holes and today made a seven at the second out of nowhere and fought my way back again.”
“It’s what you’ve got to do really , it takes one good shot to get back in it.”
“I’ve done that all week; I’ve really maintained my process and my game plan.”
“It’s always a great week , it’s always really well run and it’s great fun.”
David came close to winning again last month in China, and is very happy to be maintaining his good form, and to be in contention once again;
“I’m delighted to be in the mix again.”
“I haven’t managed to win this year but I’ve given myself three chances and this is going to be a fourth chance, hopefully I’ll do it tomorrow.”
“It’s a real challenge and the course is really firm. But it’s very fair, you’ve got to be on the fairway.”
“As the week’s gone on it’s felt like a really, really good championship. It’s got tougher and tougher as the week has gone on and the crowds have come out so it’s just the way it should be.”
Francesco Molinari lies third alone on -5 under par for the competition, after a third round of 70, he is one shot clear of Emiliano Grillo and Darren Fichardt on -4 under par, on a day when only three players in the field broke 70, and only 15 of them are under par for the tournament.
Biggest mover on the day was last week’s joint runner-up at TPC Sawgrass, Sergio Garcia, who carded a third round -5 under par 67 in the windy conditions, and it could have been better. He is now five shots behind the leaders, and in these difficult conditions could easily catch them;
“I obviously needed a great round today, and it would have been if I hadn’t made those two bogeys on 12 and 13. But to be able to birdie 14 and 15 with two very nice shots and good putts got me back on track.”
“I didn’t play much different than the first two days. I managed to make a couple of nice putts early on, and a couple of things went my way. I missed my drive on 18 and managed to get away with it and make birdie. That made the difference between today and the first two rounds.”
“The course is playing similar. The wind is not as strong but it’s still gusty. If you play well you can post a decent score, but if you’re a little bit off, you can struggle on this course.”
“If the leaders don’t go much lower than what they are, with another great round tomorrow I have a chance. If it doesn’t rain the course is not going to play any easier.”