Saturday, 09 September 2017
Matthew Fitzpatrick  (Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)

Scott Hend will return to complete round three of the Omega European Masters at 11 under after opening up a two-shot lead after 13 holes in Switzerland.

Here, we take a look at what some of the chasing pack had to say on Saturday evening.

Matthew Fitzpatrick (-9 after 15 holes)

"It was a slow start and I'm disappointed not to be a couple better really. I didn't hit a good drive on 14, missed a seven-footer for birdie on ten and I left one three inches short on 13 too so obviously if you make those shots I'm leading by one. It was frustrating and I would have liked to get 16 done just purely on a flow basis but I think it was about time we called it, it got a bit dark. It was cold and wet and at altitude the ball doesn't always go to the yardage so you've got to be switched on. I'm looking forward to tomorrow now and hopefully I can pick up one shot coming in and then go again in the afternoon and fire a low one to do the business."

Marcus Fraser (66, -8)

"It's so beautiful out there. I got off to a low restart and then finished well with a birdie on the last. I carried out my momentum out there today so it was nice to make a few birdies today. It was tricky out there even though there was no wind. It was just cold and wet. I haven't really found any form all year so it's nice to finally make some putts and feel the ball on the club face again. Hopefully this week will build some good momentum heading into the rest of the year."

Lucas Bjerregaard (67, -8)

"To be honest, I played really well today. A few silly mistakes, really. The couple of bogeys was a shame. It could have been avoided but I am still happy with the way I played. I hit a nice drive down the 18th hole and made a birdie there as well. All in all, it has been a good day. It feels pretty good overall, just a few silly mistakes out there. The ball is not going anywhere with this change in conditions. In the last two days, the ball goes about 10 per cent extra than we are normally used to because of the altitude but today it's not going anywhere at all. Luckily, there wasn't much wind to factor in but it was still difficult to figure out."

Dean Burmester (68, -8)

"I am pleased with the way I played today. I putted well and that kept my game going. It's always tough to hit the ball well in these kind of conditions. It was cold and rainy. It was nice to finish with that long one on the last. I will wait and see what happens tomorrow morning but the 64 yesterday could have been a lot better if I putted the way I did today. I am pretty happy with the way it has gone so far. I played well last week as well. Coming back from injury, I am ecstatic. The courses that we play back home on the Sunshine Tour are pretty similar to these and a lot of them are located on high altitude. It does play to our advantage this week because we kind of know how far the ball is going to go in these kind of conditions, or pretty much all kinds of conditions."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-14
2HEND, ScottAUS18-14
T3HATTON, TyrrellENG18-11
T3ZANOTTI, FabrizioPAR18-11
5ILONEN, MikkoFIN18-10
T6NOREN, AlexSWE18-9

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