Saturday, 07 October 2006

Martin Kaymer continued his unbelievable Challenge Tour season at the Golf International Open de Toulouse with a third round of seven under par 65 to join Frenchman Anthony Grenier in a share for the lead going into the final round at the Golf de Toulouse-Seilh.

Kaymer has been a revelation since winning on his Challenge Tour debut at the Vodaphone Challenge in August. He has since won again, at the Open des Volcans – Challenge de France, and notched three top five finishes in just six appearances.

Such a record has made the German, who carded a 59 while playing on the EPD Satellite Tour in June, a quite frightening presence on Challenge Tour and he can confirm his status as European golf’s most exciting new talent by winning a third Challenge Tour event here in Toulouse and securing immediate promotion to The European Tour.

Under Challenge Tour regulations, any player who wins three times in a single season will gain immediate and automatic promotion to The European Tour for the remainder of the season in which the wins take place and for the whole of the next season.

The way he is playing just now, it would be no surprise if Kaymer became a force to be reckoned with on The European Tour.

He began the third round four shots off the lead held by Grenier, Fredrik Andersson-Hed of Sweden, Englishman Shaun P Webster and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford, but soon demolished that four shot deficit by birdieing five holes in a row on his from nine. A further two birdies on the back nine ensured Kaymer a third round 65, and a share of the lead with Grenier.

The Frenchman posted a third round 69 to move to 12 under before summing up Kaymer in one perfectly chosen word – “phenomenal”.

“He has been incredible since he came on to the Tour,” Grenier continued, “but tomorrow I have to go out and try to play my game and not think about what he is doing. I will probably be a little bit nervous but you have to be a little bit nervous if you are leading going into the final round, especially if you have never been in this position before. 

“I have played my own game so far this week, and today I played perfectly from tee to green. I hit every green in regulation but the putter was not working as well as it had been for the first two rounds.”

Webster and Johan Sköld of Sweden will lead the chasing pack behind Grenier and Kaymer after respective third round scores of 70 and 67 took them to 11 under par.

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