Austrian Thomas Feyrsinger will take a one shot lead into the final day of the Karnten Golf Open by Markus Brier Foundation after carding a one under par 71 in the third round.
Feyrsinger led by one at the start of the day and was able to maintain his advantage as several players who were just behind him overnight struggled with the breezy conditions and tricky pin positions.
Dutchman Floris De Vries needed a superb finish to post a 71 and move to ten under, while tournament host Markus Brier fell away from the top of the leaderboard with a two over par 74 leaving him at seven under overall. Australian Matthew Zions capitalised, posting an impressive seven under par 65 to join De Vries at ten under, and Spaniard Jorge Campillo shot a 67 – helped by a hole in one at the par three 15th – to go to nine under with countryman Luis Claverie and Swede Leif Westerberg.
Feyrsinger admitted his score would have been better if he had holed three good birdie chances, but was satisfied nonetheless.
“I played really well again,” he said. “I only missed two greens all day, but it was a little windier so I couldn’t get as close to the pin as the other two rounds. I left a few chances out there but overall I’m very happy.
“It’s good to be going into the final round as the leader and I’m just going to stay relaxed and enjoy it. I’ve worked so hard on my game to get to this point and I’m feeling so confident right now so I have no reason to be nervous.”
De Vries also blamed poor putting for not shooting lower, but was happy to be only one shot off Ferysinger’s lead after birdies at the 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th.
“I missed five putts from three feet or closer,” said De Vries, who won the Mugello Tuscany Open a fortnight ago. “This hardly ever happens once so for it to happen so many times today is very annoying. I played really well apart from that. I’m happy to still be up there because nobody at the top did anything fantastic today, but I can’t help but think that I would have a good lead if I had just holed those short putts.”
Zions is confident he can win his maiden Challenge Tour title after finding some form with the putter. “I started well with birdies at the first, third and fifth and had a good up-and-down at the sixth,” he said. “Then I had another great up-and-down for birdie at the seventh, and on the back nine I got a bit of momentum going with four in a row from the 14th. I finished well too by holing an eight footer for par.
“Everything has felt better and better each day. It’s a course which really suits my game. You have to drive the ball well and it really respects good golf. And there were some tricky pins out there today. I drove the ball well and the putter really came to life today.
“There’s something about this course...I’ve just got to keep in the same frame of mind. I’m feeling very calm and I’m due for a win. It would be great to win here.”
Campillo said: “I was getting very impatient before the hole in one because I was not holing anything. I just need to be a little bit more consistent with the putter and it will be better. I’ll have a day when I’m holing a lot of putts but then the next day I don’t. Hopefully it will be another good day tomorrow. Can I win? If I play as well as today, why not?”