mai 24, 2022

DP World Tour: Ryan Fox one ahead of Sam Horsfield heading into final round of Soudal Open | Golf News

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Fox holds the 54-hole lead as he chases a second victory of the DP World Tour season; Horsfield one back after impressive par-save on his final hole – watch the final round of the Soudal Open on Sky Sports Golf on Sunday from 12.30pm

Last Updated: 14/05/22 5:18pm

Sam Horsfield is a shot off the lead and chasing a first DP World Tour title since 2020

Ryan Fox produced an impressive finish to take a one-shot lead over Sam Horsfield into the final round of the DP World Tour’s Soudal Open.

The New Zealander birdied five of his last eight holes to close a five-under 66 at Rinkven International GC, lifting him to 11 under and seeing him set a clubhouse target that wasn’t matched.

Fox faces a final-round pairing with Horsfield, who posted a two-under 69, with Germany’s Yannick Paul two strokes back in third after a birdie-birdie finish kept his hopes of a maiden DP World Tour title alive.

Fox also won the Ras al Khaimah Classic earlier in the year

Fox also won the Ras al Khaimah Classic earlier in the year

« I played really solid on the back [nine], » Fox said. « I didn’t really miss a shot to be honest and holed a couple of putts. I hope I’ve figured something out after a couple of scrappy drives early in the round and it felt pretty good from that tenth hole on, so hopefully I can take that into tomorrow. »

Fox was level par for his round until he holed from 15 feet at the 11th for the first of back-to-back birdies, with the two-time DP World Tour winner then followed a 15-foot birdie at the 15th by picking up further shots over both his final two holes.

Horsfield made three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the third and responded to bogeys at the seventh and ninth by converting from 10 feet at the 11th, temporarily taking him two clear, before continuing a run of pars with a superb scrambled save on his final hole to stay at 10 under.

« It [the performance] wasn’t the best, » Horsfield said. « I made some really silly mistakes and I definitely had a lot of adrenaline running through me, so I was hitting some shots that were going so far.

« I know Foxy really well, he’s a great dude, so it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be really good to battle with him. He definitely hits it far, so there will definitely be some long drives and hopefully we’ll play well and have some fun. »

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A round-of-the-day 65 from Fabrizio Zanotti jumped the Paraguayan to within three of the lead and in tied-fourth alongside Marcel Schneider, Oliver Bekker and Ireland’s Niall Kearney, while overnight leaders Matti Schmid and Dale Whitnell are on seven under after third-round 72s.

English duo Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring also head into the final day four strokes back, with home favourite Thomas Pieters – the highest-ranked player in the field – in tied-35th on three under after a level-par 71.

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