Euro Tour. ISPS HandaWales Open. Peter Uihlein Peaks.

Peter Uihlein peaked in the third round of the European Tour ISPS Handa Wales Open at The Celtic Manor.

Peter Uihlein  (Getty Images)

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Peter took control of the Handa Wales Open shooting a third round -4 under par 67 and standing clear of the field at the top of the leaderboard with a total of -7 under par. That score gives him a three shot lead starting the final round tomorrow.

Peter moved into the lead with an Eagle three at the par five at ninth hole, after a stunning long iron to nine feet. Not content with that effort, he rolled in a 50-footer putt at the next hole, before picking up a further gain at 14 following an excellent approach. He said he had played solid golf and is looking forward to tomorrow;

“I was just solid today and was able to plot my way around, I am excited for tomorrow and looking forward to it. I feel like I’ve given myself a few opportunities this year and hopefully I can stick to my gameplan.”

Tied in second place at -4 under par are Thomas Levet and Grégory Bourdy, the two Frenchmen having very different rounds. Thomas also had a -4 under par 67, and echoed Peter’s comments about sold play;

“I played very solidly today, even when I bogeyed, I was quite unlucky. It was a very good round. I have played pretty good this year, there are some weeks I have played OK and nothing has happened. When things happen on the greens and you get lucky bounces, suddenly you’re back at the top of leaderboards.”

Grégory could only managed a -1 under par third round of 70, finding the water at the par three 13th to eventually card a double bogey. He said that at the end of the day he was quite happy;

“I am quite happy after the end because I had to fight to get pars on 17 and 18. Peter is playing very well and it is going to be a great day tomorrow.”

A stroke further back, at -3 under par tournament total and tied in fourth spot are Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Joost Luiten and Peter Hedblom.

Peter shot the day’s outstanding round, -5 under par 66. He had birdies on one, six, nine, thirteen, fourteen and seventeen, with his sole dropped shot coming at the sixteenth.

Tomorrow should be a good day for the American Peter Uihlein, a three shot lead is a comfortable margin to take into the last round at The Celtic Manor.


European Tour, Wiesberger Wins Lyoness Open

Wiesberger seals fairytale triumph

Bernd Wiesberger (Getty Images)

Bernd Wiesberger won the Lyoness Open  after a brilliant seven under par 65 gave him victory with a tournament total of -91 under par, on home soil at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg Austria, on Sunday.

Bernd called it the best day of his life after chasing down overnight leader Thorbjørn Olesen and Frenchman Thomas Levet with four birdies in five holes around the turn, then remembered José Manuel Lara having a similar putt to win;

” It’s the best day of my life so far. It seems like it went my way, especially the last two holes. I had such a great country and such great fans backing me. I’m very proud to be following in such big footsteps, as Brier. I’m sure I’m not going to be the last home winner.
When José Manuel Lara holed a similar putt to win the tournament two years ago, I always imagined I’d have a putt like that to win here. I actually said that to my caddie walking up the 18th hole, and when it went in, I just couldn’t believe it.”

Shane Lowery and Thomas Levet shared second spot at -16 under par, Thomas making a mistake with a bogey on the 17th hole, which allowed Shane to equal his score. Shane was disappointed to start the last round poorly, but satisfied with the way he fought back and climb up the leaderboard;

After an awful start I’m delighted with how I fought back. I was two over after five holes, but then managed to go eagle-birdie-birdie, which really got my round back on track. I’ve played lovely all week, and today was no different, I just wish I was playing again next week. Still, a holiday in Portugal’s not a bad consolation.”

Congratulations to Thomas Levet for his effort in this tournament, Thomas used to play at my club back in England, Blue Mountain Golf Club, and I have spoken to him many times. It is nice to see someone you know performing well.

Lee Westwood, World Number Three, heads back to France

Lee Westwood  (Getty Images)

World Number Three Lee Westwood (Getty Images)

World Number Three Lee Westwood returns to contest the Alstom Open de France next week in what appears to be one of the strongest fields in the history of this tournament.

Lee is seeking  back-to-back victories on European soil after capturing  his 22nd European Tour title in the Nordea Masters in Sweden at the start of the month, just before he achieved a top ten finish in the US Open Championship at Olympic Club. He has a strong record in the Alstom Open de France, with four top ten finishes in nine appearances. He really came close to winning this title at the Le Golf National in 2009, eventually losing in a play-off to Germany’s Martin Kaymer. Martin will  join Lee in the field next week, along with  four other players who currently occupy Ryder Cup spots, they are;

Race to Dubai leader Justin Rose, 2010 US Open Champion Graeme McDowell, Swede Peter Hanson and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño. Other players from the Worlds top fifty rankings are, Englishman Ian Poulter and Scotland’s Martin Laird, Graeme McDowell and European Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal, who was the 2001 champion in this tournament. There will also be an appearance from  Open Champion Darren Clarke, who is in a group of those players travelling from this week’s Irish Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club.

The defending champion is Frenchman Thomas Levet, the former Ryder Cup player who delighted the home support last year when he finished one shot clear of Dane Thorbjørn Olesen and Englishman Mark Foster to lift the trophy. The victory for Thomas came in front of packed galleries, just six weeks after Le Golf National was awarded The 2018 Ryder Cup.

I am a great fan of Thomas Levet, he used to pay at my club in Berkshire, England when I lived there. His son went to the same school as my grandson, and a more pleasant fellow and Professional golfer you could not wish to meet.