Saturday, 20 May 2017
Zander Lombard  (Getty Images)
Zander Lombard (Getty Images)

Alvaro Quiros will take a five-shot lead into the final round of The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura, Sicily after firing an impressive 70 in tough conditions on Saturday.

Here, we take a look at what some of the chasing pack had to say after their third rounds.

Zander Lombard (72, -11)

"I'm hitting it phenomenally. It's tough in the wind, the course really showed its teeth today but I was hitting great shots out there. The putts didn't fall but it's so difficult to putt with this wind. Putting and chipping was really tough today but I think I handled it really well. I had a stretch where I made an eagle and just three stupid drops but I'm very pleased with my round. Overall, I'm in it for the weekend, five behind. I'm going to go out there and try my best. I've been in a couple of final two-balls and three-balls and just didn't manage to see it through. Hopefully this time I'm in better shape mentally, the golf has been amazing so I'm just going to go out and do my thing and see if it's good enough."

Pep Angles (68, -10)

"I am very pleased with that. It was a really tough day. It blew from 7am non-stop and tomorrow it's expected to be worse. But it was a good fight out there, some nice recoveries and a couple of silly mistakes but overall I'm really pleased. It was a good comeback after my double-bogey at ten, it was a loss of concentration - I was standing over a par putt from about 25 feet and the wind was blowing straight into my face. My last thought was don't come up short, because it was blowing so hard, but I left it six feet short and missed that. Besides that I was able make three birdies coming home and it was one of those days that was just all about patience, you just need to keep plodding along and keep fighting. It was definitely like playing a different course out there. I didn't play too well the first day but I played well the second day and it was quite easy those days. Today I was able to get some spots right and I'm happy with how I played."

Renato Paratore (70, -10)

"Today 70 is a very, very good score because the wind is blowing a lot out there. I played really consistently so I am very happy about that. It's a good score. On the holes on the sea it affects you a little bit because the wind is very strong. I can take everything positively because I had good touch and I made more or less everything well. I enjoy it a lot, It's a very, very nice place to make a tournament and also to go on holiday. It's very nice."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1QUIROS, AlvaroESP18-14
2LOMBARD, ZanderRSA18-14
3LI, HaotongCHN18-13
4ANGLES, PepESP18-12
T5FRASER, MarcusAUS18-11

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