Caldwell with top-10 in his sights as Wiesberger leads in Denmark

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Jonathan Caldwell (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

As the last Irishman standing at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Jonathan Caldwell is six strokes off the lead on eight-under par after a third round 67 on the European Tour.

Caldwell finds himself in T14 place heading to the final round and his five birdie-one bogey haul today will give him great confidence for tomorrow where hopefully he can find a little something extra in Denmark to break into the top-10.

At the top of the table, Bernd Wiesberger will take a one shot lead into the final round as the defending champion seeks a wire-to-wire victory in the Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA tournament.

The Austrian carded a three under par 68 to reach 14 under for the week in Farsø, one ahead of Sweden’s Alexander Björk.

The 35-year-old, who is aiming to become the first player to successfully defend a European Tour title since Jon Rahm at the Mutuactivos Open de España in 2019, went to the turn in 36 with birdies at the second and eighth cancelled out by bogeys on the sixth and ninth.

However, the seven-time European Tour winner found his touch on the back nine with four gains in eight holes. Birdies at the tenth, a chip in from rough at the 12th and another gain on the 14th were followed by a pitch to three feet on the 17th.

“I feel good. It wasn’t as easy today scoring wise, obviously conditions were a lot easier but I had to scramble a little bit. Got a couple of good breaks, gutsy up-and-downs as well, you know I am not happy about the last hole obviously, but I’m still in a good position for tomorrow and I know exactly what it is going to feel like on that tee going in with a one-shot lead, so that is going to be nice”, said Wiesberger.

“Just down 12 I got a massive break, it was at least a two-shot swing really, actually hit a good shot up there, just flew forever and didn’t come down and ran over the green, so I would say it was probably one in ten thousand to get up and down and one in a million to hole it, so you take those. Sometimes it needs to happen to stay up there with the leaderboard, so I will take the bonuses and glad about that. Putted decent and the shorter holes I took advantage of on 14 and 17, but a lot of shots still left out there,” he added.

Meanwhile, Björk compiled a 66 on moving day, with England’s Laurie Canter third on 11 under after surging through the field with a seven under 64 and commented; “It is tough to one part but I think I played really well the entire round. I gave myself a lot of chances to hole birdie putts and I made quite a few of those, so overall a solid round.

“I had quite a tricky putt on 16, I had to almost hit it sideways, so it was kind of a snake I holed there so it was nice that one drop in. It was a little tougher because the hole is kind of in a bowl shape in the front part of the green and today it’s not so much to play with, so a bit tougher today to get close to the hole.

“My iron play has been quite solid all week. I feel like I have been hitting a lot of good iron shots back to where I was a couple of years ago, so it’s nice to have a good feeling again.

“I think just the same as these first three days. Try to stay patient, play the game I have been playing, hit a lot of fairways and be accurate with my irons.”

England’s Richard Bland, who at 48 became the European Tour’s oldest first-time winner at the Belfry two weeks ago, is four shots off the pace in a tie for fourth following a 68.

Bland was joined on ten under by Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, Austria’s Matthias Schwab, American Kurt Kitayama, New Zealand’s Josh Geary and Australian Jason Scrivener.

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