Ivo Giner waved his magic seven iron to produce one the shots of his life and help him conjure a third round 64 that opened up two stroke lead in the Golf Club Padova Terme Euganee International Open.
The 27 year old Spaniard – already a European Challenge Tour winner this season following his victory at the Open des Volcans Challenge de France two weeks ago – put himself in prime position to pick up his second title of the season with a 54 hole total of 195, 21 under par.
His magic moment came on the par five seventh when, after driving his ball behind a tree, he deliberately hooked his seven iron fully 200 yards and onto the putting surface. It was a classic piece of Spanish ingenuity.
“That was an unbelievable shot – I got a fantastic feeling after it because it was really difficult but I played it perfectly,” he said.
“My drive landed just behind this big tree so I thought I would try and play the hook. It flew about 200 yards, pitched once and ran onto the green where I two putted for birdie.
“It was a typical Spanish trick shot – you can’t really practice shots like that, but for some reason Spanish players always seem able to pull them off.
“I’m extremely happy with the way I have been scoring recently as well. I’m consistently playing my back nines better than the front and that shows that I’m not getting anxious or uptight if things aren’t really going my way – I’m just letting my game go and eventually getting the rewards.”
The next time the seven iron came out of his bag was different story, though.
“After playing one of the best shots I’ve ever hit, I shanked my next seven iron at the ninth,” he said. “And I mean a real shank! But I’ve forgiven it – the seven is my favourite club, it always has been.
“I’ve had three holes in one in my career and two of them have come from that seven iron, so I think I’ll be holding onto it for a little while longer.”
Giner is two shots clear of Argentinean Rafael Gomez and three ahead of Martin Erlandsson from Sweden who scored 65 and 66 respectively.
Sitting on 17 under are Marcel Haremza from Germany and Finnish player Pasi Purhonen, whose 63 was the lowest round of the day – matched only by Italian Massimo Florioli.
His compatriot, Gianluca Baruffaldi, and David Patrick from Scotland are a further shot back on 16 under, 200.