Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera leads the Spanish Open after 54 tough holes at Valderrama.
Mike went round the Valderrama course with a third round score of even par, to top the Spanish Open leaderboard at +1 over par. This tournament could produce the first over par winner of an event since Justin Rose won the US Open Championship in 2013.
Only Joost Luiten, -1 under 70 and Alex Noren, -3 under 68 managed to record under par rounds out of the entire field.
Mike was pretty excited to be in a position to win his maiden European Tour title;
“I’m very excited, I’m going to have a big nap tonight because it takes so much energy to stay patient here.”
“The wedge was very hot today. I holed two chips and a shot which is pretty cool.”
“I’m just going to try to relax and enjoy it as much as I can tomorrow.”
“I’m just trying to look at the pace of the leaderboard and accept that you’re going to have a lot of bogeys here.”
“A bogey on the hole is never really a bad score so you just try to accept it.”
“Take the bogey and get out of there.”
Tied in second place at +2 over par are, Joost Luiten, two-time Major championship winner Martin Kaymer, even par 71 today and Andrew Johnston, +3 over par 74.
Defending Champion James Morrison signed for a +3 over 74 to share 5th place with Ross Fisher, +1 over 72 today.
Best placed home players are Pablo Larrazábal, +7 over 78 today and Pep Angles, +3 over 74, both with +4 over par totals.
I guess the way things are going here in Spain, just about anybody could win this title, with one good low round tomorrow, even the tournament Host Sergio Garcia, who carded +4 over 75 today, to be T17 at +7 over, just six shots off the lead.