McGee best placed of Irish players at Challenge de Espana

It was another tough day at the office for Cormac Sharvin as he added a 74 to his 75 from yesterday and the first round leader in Spain currently sits in T36th place on two under par.

Of the other Irish players to make the cut, Ruaidhri McGee is best placed in T8th position after a 68 today left him on six under par while Michael Hoey carded a 69 to sit in T12th on five under.

The lead is held by Wil Besseling and Oscar Lengden on ten under par going into the final round following a sun-baked day at Izki Golf.

The duo, playing in the penultimate group of the day, passed overnight leader Julien Brun with a string of birdies on the back nine.

Swede Lengden carded a four under par 68 while Besseling went one better by signing for a 67.

Another of the day’s low scorers was Englishman Ross McGowan. The 2009 Madrid Masters winner was one under par going into the third round but shot a bogey-free 66 to share fourth place on seven under par.

Playing in one of the final groups of the day, Sweden’s Joel Sjöholm started with aplomb by carding birdies on the first three holes but he was forced to settle for a share of fifth place after three back nine bogeys.

Co-leader Lengden, 25, was happy with how he played and has given an insight into what he believes is the key to shooting low in Urturi.

“Today was an up and down round,” he said. “I started off really well but then I got a bad break on eight where I hit a tree and then bounced into the woods where I couldn’t find it.

“After that I kept on playing well and I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now.

“When I got here I thought the course was really tricky because I’ve changed from a fade to a draw. It’s really a fade course so I started off by practising my fade again when I got here and I think the key is to have a fade off the tee boxes here.

“You’ve got to hit the greens because they’ve cut the rough around the greens really tricky. Hit a lot of greens and a fade off the tee and that’s the recipe for this tournament.”

Besseling, meanwhile, believes he has a real chance of winning the Challenge de España on Sunday, an outcome which would be his first European Challenge Tour victory for ten years.

“It was a nice round,” he said. “I played nicely and felt good. The weather was a lot better today, which is always nice, and five under is very nice. I’m tied for the lead so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“The weather made it easy today. The temperature was up to 15 degrees and the ball was flying a little bit further. It was a little bit easier but still a bit windy so you still have to play well to shoot five under.

“I’m happy with the way I’m playing so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I haven’t been in this position for a long time so I’m just looking forward to it.

“The way I’m playing, I think I have a good chance to win and I’m very positive. I’m patient and mentally I’m in a good state so I think I have a good chance tomorrow.”

Scores after round three:

206 W Besseling (Ned) 69 70 67, O Lengden (Swe) 69 69 68,
207 C Braeunig (Ger) 69 72 66, J Brun (Fra) 69 66 72,
209 J Sjöholm (Swe) 70 70 69, R McGowan (Eng) 72 71 66, N Lemke (Swe) 71 69 69,
210 A Rozner (Fra) 70 72 68, R McGee (Irl) 72 70 68, M Ford (Eng) 71 67 72, T Santos Silva (Por) 74 71 65,
211 E Goya (Arg) 69 73 69, A Knappe (Ger) 73 69 69, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 71 73 67, M Hoey (Nir) 71 71 69,
212 C Feldborg Nielsen (Swe) 71 70 71, P Angles (Esp) 70 73 69, N Geyger (Chi) 70 72 70, N Johansson (Swe) 71 70 71, J Senior (Eng) 70 70 72, J Hansen (Den) 72 72 68,
213 V Perez (Fra) 72 72 69, R McEvoy (Eng) 73 70 70, P Barjon (Fra) 70 71 72, L Nemecz (Aut) 73 68 72, M Haastrup (Den) 74 71 68, M Kim (Kor) 70 73 70, S Khan (Eng) 72 70 71, S Tarrio Ben (Esp) 73 72 68, J Huldahl (Den) 72 70 71, A Meronk (Pol) 67 70 76, B Hellgren (Swe) 73 72 68, R Langasque (Fra) 72 69 72, D Boote (Wal) 71 73 69, J Pastor (Esp) 68 73 72,
214 J Doherty (Sco) 73 68 73, J Van Der Vaart (Ned) 75 69 70, R Santos (Por) 71 72 71, J Quesne (Fra) 69 73 72, R Van West (Ned) 70 73 71, C Sharvin (Nir) 65 75 74, R Enoch (Wal) 69 72 73, P Figueiredo (Por) 76 69 69, C Mivis (Bel) 71 71 72, N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) 67 71 76, P Mejow (Ger) 72 71 71, R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 72 69 73,
215 A Tadini (Ita) 74 70 71, G Stal (Fra) 71 69 75, B Virto (Esp) 71 73 71, A Arnaus (Esp) 73 72 70, P Maddy (Eng) 72 72 71,
216 M Gradecki (Pol) 70 75 71, J Maw (Eng) 74 68 74, B Parker (Eng) 75 68 73, E De La Riva (Esp) 76 69 71,
217 H Leon (Chi) 74 71 72,
218 D Berna Manzanares (Esp) 72 71 75, D Borda (Esp) 70 74 74, R De Sousa (Sui) 72 73 73, T Linard (Fra) 71 73 74,
219 P Erofejeff (Fin) 70 75 74, H Joannes (Bel) 75 68 76, J Adams (Eng) 73 72 74, A Chapman (Eng) 78 66 75,
220 M Lundberg (Swe) 73 72 75, M Galiano Aguilar (Esp) 71 73 76,
222 F Aguilar (Chi) 74 71 77, X Gorospe (am) (Esp) 73 72 77,
146 E España (Fra) 74 72 0, B Eccles (Aus) 72 74 0, S Manley (Wal) 74 72 0, P Howard (Eng) 71 75 0, J Singh Brar (Eng) 71 75 0, M Fenasse (Fra) 74 72 0, J Sainz (Esp) 76 70 0, K Samooja (Fin) 72 74 0, N Møller (Den) 72 74 0, I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp) 76 70 0, Å Nilsson (Swe) 74 72 0, V Østerby (Den) 75 71 0, J Caldwell (Nir) 74 72 0, J Rutherford (Eng) 73 73 0, Ó Serna (Mex) 76 70 0, J McDonald (Sco) 74 72 0, M Trappel (Aut) 72 74 0, J Girrbach (Sui) 71 75 0, A Garcia-Heredia (Esp) 73 73 0,
147 T Tree (Eng) 72 75 0, J Sarasti (Esp) 74 73 0, S Gregory (Eng) 75 72 0, K Koivu (Fin) 76 71 0, B Stow (Eng) 71 76 0, V Riu (Fra) 75 72 0, C O’Rourke (Irl) 73 74 0, J Lando Casanova (Fra) 75 72 0, B Evans (Eng) 76 71 0, R Davies (Wal) 73 74 0,
148 E Di Nitto (Ita) 69 79 0, A Wennstam (Swe) 76 72 0, J Davidson (Wal) 74 74 0, M Lampert (Ger) 72 76 0, S Henry (Sco) 72 76 0, R Roussel (Fra) 72 76 0, K Johannessen (Nor) 73 75 0,
149 S Garcia Rodriguez (Esp) 73 76 0, A Velasco (Esp) 77 72 0, S Matus (Cze) 77 72 0, E Cuartero Blanco (Esp) 71 78 0, D Foos (Ger) 76 73 0, B Ritthammer (Ger) 77 72 0, S Einhaus (Ger) 79 70 0, J Segurola (Esp) 76 73 0, A Plant (Eng) 75 74 0, M Ovesen (Den) 78 71 0, K Hesbois (Bel) 73 76 0, C Koerbler (Aut) 76 73 0, R Hjelm (Den) 76 73 0,
150 P Valasek (Svk) 75 75 0, E Ferguson (Sco) 77 73 0, T Murray (Eng) 77 73 0, D Perrier (Fra) 77 73 0, F Laporta (Ita) 71 79 0, D Stewart (Sco) 76 74 0, C Doak (Sco) 76 74 0,
151 L Van Meijel (Ned) 77 74 0, M Iten (Sui) 73 78 0, G Migliozzi (Ita) 76 75 0, A Boasson (Isl) 75 76 0,
152 U Coussaud (Fra) 78 74 0, C Del Moral (Esp) 76 76 0, N Marsh (Eng) 75 77 0, J Munro (Aus) 78 74 0, J Arnoy (Nor) 79 73 0,
153 D Van Driel (Ned) 79 74 0, K McClatchie (RSA) 78 75 0, J Hilleard (Eng) 76 77 0, M Ludwig (Aut) 76 77 0, J Marin (Esp) 77 76 0, O Stark (Swe) 78 75 0,
154 J Galbraith (Nir) 76 78 0, J Carlota (Por) 73 81 0, D Huizing (Ned) 75 79 0, B Hafthorsson (Isl) 75 79 0, F Maccario (Ita) 77 77 0, G King (Eng) 76 78 0,
155 M Søgaard (Den) 77 78 0, B Karatas (Tur) 75 80 0,
157 A Altuntas (Tur) 77 80 0,
158 L Robinson (Eng) 79 79 0,
160 J Carlsson (Swe) 78 82 0,
161 L Ruuska (Fin) 84 77 0,
162 J Cafourek (Cze) 80 82 0,
** S Dyson (Eng) 75 RT 0, M Schmitt (Ger) 80 WD 0, D Law (Sco) 73 RT 0,