Saturday, 30 September 2017
 Rory McIlroy   (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)
 The statisticians have been crunching the numbers and here's some of the headline stats at the end of round three at Close House

– times Robert Karlsson has held the 54 hole lead and he has gone on to win seven of them

4 – fairways from 14 hit by Karlsson, but 12 Greens in Regulation and 6 out of 6 scrambles.

9 – years since Karlsson last held the 54 hole lead, at the 2008 Mercedes Benz Championship

64 – by Rory McIlroy. Rory's last 64 or lower on the European Tour was his 64 in the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic, where he went on to win.

3 – times Rory has won when two behind going into the final round

26 – times Rory has been within two of the lead in his European Tour career

14 – greens hit by Rory with 100 % scrambling on the four he missed. Only 27 putts as well.

62 – by David Lingmerth, the lowest round of the week so far

83 – per cent of greens hit in regulation by Lingmerth during his round of 62

– low nine score by both David Lingmerth and George Coetzee

– holes before Lee Westwood dropped his first shot of the week

302 – yards for the ninth hole today with the tee pushed forward with Ashley Chesters hitting the pin. So close to an

8 – eagles on the par four ninth thanks to the new tee position

3.30 – average score for the ninth, compared to 4.14 in round 2. That made it the easiest par four of the season:

•    2017 Brit Masters Rd 3 #9, 3.30
•    2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship Rd 3 #6, 3.32
•    2017 Commercialbank Qatar Masters Rd 4 #16, 3.40

6 – birdies on the par three 18th, the hardest hole on the course this week.

14,328 – fans flocked to Close House for day three, taking the total attendance of the week to 53,687.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DUNNE, PaulIRL18-20
2MCILROY, RoryNIR18-17
3KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-16
T4FRITSCH, FlorianGER18-14
T4STORM, GraemeENG18-14

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