Avid Arsenal fan Gary Clark is hoping to make his big match experience count when he embarks on the final round of the DHL Wroclaw Open on the European Challenge Tour, an event he leads by one stroke from fellow Englishman Andrew Willett and Denmark’s Kasper Jorgensen.
This season Clark played in the final group on the last day at both the Tusker Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour and the Madeira Islands Open BPI – Portugal on The European Tour and, although he failed to win either event, he enjoyed being the centre of attention.
The Londoner, whose round of 63 at Toya Golf and Country Club gave him a 14 under par total, said: “It’s something I’m comfortable with, so it shouldn’t be a problem. I didn’t quite finish off the job in Kenya or Madeira, so it’s probably about time that I did!”
Willey, who carded four birdies and a bogey to sign for a round of 67, said: “I probably will have a few nerves, but it’s how you deal with them that’s important. I’ll sleep well tonight and come out fresh tomorrow, then let fate take its course. But I’m very determined to win, having played well until now.”
Earlier in the day Jorgensen, despite having only arrived as a reserve on Wednesday after learning of a late withdrawal, finished on 13 under par thanks to some fine putting.
The young Dane, who posted eight birdies and a solitary bogey en route to a round of 63, said: “The opening day was basically my practice round, and I played pretty well, so maybe I should arrive late more often! I didn’t strike the ball as well today, but my putter was really hot. I hope it’s working just as well tomorrow.”
The best of the morning rounds came from Germany’s Richard Treis, who has set his sights on claiming his maiden Challenge Tour title after carding his lowest ever round – a 63.
Despite suffering with back problems which saw him finish 163rd out of 176 players at last week’s Piemonte Open in Turin, Treis carded eight birdies to finish on 11 under par.
Treis said: “If I shoot another 63 tomorrow, I’d be surprised if I didn’t win the tournament. But it’s dangerous to start thinking like that. I just have to keep playing my game, and what will be will be.”
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