The long-standing friendship enjoyed by Spaniards Carlos Quevedo and Carl Suneson may be put to the test in the final round of the Tusker Kenya Open after they finished round three as joint leaders.
The pair travel together, are room-mates on tour, and live close by in the Canary Islands. Strangely, they have never been paired together in a tournament, but when they go out in the final match tomorrow both will hope to outdo the other.
In round three, Quevedo returned a superb 66 and Suneson 69 to hit the front on 206, four under par, to lead by a stroke from Ireland’s David Higgins, another to shoot 66, and Michael Kirk from South Africa with 67.
After a day of kinder conditions at Karen, just four strokes separate the leading dozen players so it is anyone’s guess who will emerge as champion.
But Quevedo and Suneson, also members of the same club in Gran Canaria, are in the box seat and a repeat of their third rounds will take some beating.
Quevedo’s 66 was near perfect with four birdies and no dropped shots after going out in 32 strokes. Having never won on the Challenge Tour, the 34 year old will be doubly determined to break his duck.
On the other hand, Suneson won the Challenge Tour in 1999 and has four titles to his credit. Nevertheless, he will be firing on all cylinders and will be hoping not to suffer the dropped shots he did in his 69.
The 37 year old campaigner was a clear leader on six under with four to play only to bogey three holes in a row from the 15th but recovered to birdie 18 for a share of top spot.
Higgins will also be a man with a mission. He hasn’t won since 2000, the year he won a European Tour card, but more than that, he hopes to emulate his father Liam, who won the Kenyan title back in 1977.
Another 66 might do the trick and his was also flawless with four birdies and no dropped shots.
Kirk, a winner last year in Zambia, went round in 67 but also fell foul of the closing holes, dropping shots at the 17th and 18th.
Three players share fifth place on 208, England’s Richard McEvoy and Sam Walker and Michele Reale from Italy.
But it wasn’t a good day for overnight leader Daniel Vancsik. The Argentinean enjoyed a three stroke halfway lead but crashed to a 75 to slip back to one under par 209.
He only managed one birdie but was still on six under with four to play. But he spilled five shots over the final four holes, including a double-bogey at the 15th.
Anton Haig from South Africa and Spain’s Alvaro Salto, joint second overnight, also suffered. Both carded 74s for 211 to slip to joint 17th.