Friday, 19 March 2010

After a round of 65 at the Ypsilon Golf Challenge by Alex Cejka moved him to within two shots of the lead held by Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain, England’s Seve Benson has targeted both his second Challenge Tour title and the Number One Spot in the Rankings.

But the man standing in his way is in sizzling form. Cabrera Bello, who finished tied 11th at last week’s Trophée du Golf Club de Genève, posted seven birdies in a round of 65 at Ypsilon Golf Resort in Liberec, the Czech Republic, to move to 17 under par.

The Spaniard, who also has one Challenge Tour title to his name, said: “I just feel really comfortable out there. I’ve been playing well for the past couple of weeks now, and I’ve carried it on this week. I’m leading, so if I said I didn’t want to win the tournament, then obviously I would be lying – or stupid! But it doesn’t just depend on me, because there are a lot of good players just a couple of shots back. Whoever shoots low tomorrow will probably win. I just hope it’s me.”

After another flawless round – he has dropped just one shot in three days at Ypsilon Golf Resort in Liberec, the Czech Republic – Benson is on 15 under par.

With current Number One David Horsey five shots back in a tie for tenth, there is an added incentive for the 21 year old had to add to his one Challenge Tour victory.   

Benson, a product of the Academy at Wentworth Club, said: “I’ve been working really hard on my game away from the course. On the course, I’ve been staying patient and taken most of the chances which have come my way. I just try to improve every week – that’s all you can do. Obviously if I play well again tomorrow I’ve got a great chance of going to the top of the Rankings, which would be very nice. But it’s important to take one step at a time. I’m just going to give it my best shot on the final day, and hope it’s good enough. If it’s not, then at least I can say I gave my all.”

One shot behind Benson in a tie for third are England’s Richard Bland and Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, who both carded rounds of 67.

Maybin again kept the bogeys off his card for the third day in succession – but a double bogey at the tenth hole briefly checked his charge.

The man from Belfast, whose round of 67 moved him to 14 under par, said: “The double bogey was a bit of a kick in the teeth, but I bounced straight back with a birdie, which was pleasing. And another birdie on the final hole was a great way to finish the round. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow now – it should be fun. This course gives you plenty of chances, so you can shoot anything if you’re playing well. May the best man win.”

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
T1BENSON, SeveENG18-16
T1GRACE, BrandenRSA18-16
T1CABRERA-BELLO, RafaelESP18-16
T4SANTOS, RicardoPOR18-15
T4MAYBIN, GarethNIR18-15
T6KORHONEN, MikkoFIN18-14
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