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Italian Open presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna - Day three digest

Italian Open presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna - Day three digest

Everything you need to know from day three in Ravenna.

We had a big leading logjam, Antoine Rozner went low, Marcel Siem was ahead of schedule and Andrea Pavan had a dramatic finish on day three of the Italian Open presented by Regione Emilia-Romagna.

Here is everything you need to know from Saturday at Adriatic Golf Club Cervia.

Four tied at the top

We are set for a grandstand finish with Rozner, Siem, Shubhankar Sharma and Sebastian Friedrichsen all sharing the lead after 54 holes. The leading foursome will enter the final round at ten under but with 16 players within three shots of the lead, it is all to play for in Ravenna. Rozner posted a new course record and matched the lowest round of the his DP World Tour career with a 62 to take the lead early in the day. He had finished long before the final groups got under way and while it took some time for anyone to reel him in, he ended the day as part of a leading logjam. German Siem carded a 66 to join him before India's Sharma completed a bogey-free 67 and Dane Friedrichsen signed for a 68 to make it a four-way tie, one shot clear of Spaniard Adrian Otaegui. Home favourite Gregorio De Leo, Swiss Joel Girrbach and England's Andrew Wilson were then two shots off the lead, with 12 countries represented in the top 16.

Rozner takes his chance

After a bogey on the 17th hole on Friday, Rozner faced the prospect of missing the weekend, but he birdied his closing hole to make the cut on the number and made the most of his opportunity with a stellar nine under par round on Saturday morning. “Out of all the birdies I’ve made this week so far, the one on 18 yesterday was huge,” he said. “I bogeyed 17 to be out of the cut line and I had no other choice but to hit the pin and make the putt, and that’s what I did. I got back this morning with the mindset of having nothing to lose. The conditions were lovely, the greens were pure. I took advantage of it, it was an amazing day.”

Siem on the comeback trail

Siem is playing just his fourth event back after hip surgery, having not teed it up for over three months between February and May. He admitted that during his comeback event at the Soudal Open he felt like an 80-year-old man but he is right in the hunt for a fifth DP World Tour title in Italy. "I’m really, really happy," he said. "It comes earlier than I expected to play that good golf. My plan was to build up for The Open. But I’m super happy. It's a lot of work you have to put in. I’m not getting younger. I have a great team around me. My family is really standing behind me as well. It was a bit of a roller coaster. First you go under the knife and you don’t know what’s going to happen, there’s always a little bit of a risk. The first two weeks felt easy-peasy. Week four I thought it was going to take forever. Then I came back out in Belgium and played like I was 80 years old. My clubhead speed was 110-111. But people around me were saying it’s all good, there’s a degeneration of muscles. It’s crazy that I’m standing here right now talking to you guys. I’m enjoying it so much."

Not all pars are equal

If you stick your second into the hospitality, you really shouldn't be making a birdie. Nobody told Pavan on the last.

Speaking of the last.........

How's your luck, Marcel?

Girrbach didn't need any luck.

Sharma makes a monster

He's not even on the putting surface. Take a bow.

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