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McGowan maintains advantage in Czech Republic

McGowan maintains advantage in Czech Republic

Ross McGowan will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the D+D REAL Czech Challenge, as he goes in search of his first professional win since 2015.

Ross McGowan during the third round in at Kaskáda Golf Resort (Ota Mrákota/Relmost)

The Englishman, who clinched the Zambia Open on the Sunshine Tour four years ago, carded his third successive round of 66, five under par, aiming to return to the winner’s circle with a victory at Kaskáda Golf Resort.

McGowan, a two-time European Challenge Tour winner in 2007, started the third round with a two-stroke advantage and continued his assault on the Brno course with a birdie on the first hole to maintain his momentum. With the chasing pack closing in, the 37-year-old gave himself breathing space with two gains before the turn on the seventh and eighth holes.

Daan Huizing, champion of the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla, broke out from the chasing pack and moved level with the former Oceânico Developments Pro-Am Challenge and the Estoril Challenge de Portugal champion, but a bogey for the Dutchman and a fourth birdie of the day for McGowan on the 13th saw the lead remain at two shots.

McGowan, who claimed the 2009 Madrid Masters, picked up another shot on the par three 16th, en route to carding a bogey-free round of 66 to lead in Brno by two shots ahead of the final round.

“It would be good to get the win,” said McGowan. “I’ve won on a few smaller tours and won on the Sunshine Tour as well. Winning is winning. It means you’ve played the best out of everyone during the week.

“Today was the best I’ve played all week – my third consecutive round of 66. It was a very good first round in the wind, but I gave myself a lot of chances today and it could’ve been even better.

“I saw a couple of guys going low, but I stuck to my game plan and tried to hit as many greens as possible.

“I had to play a percentage game for the yardages into the greens. It was warmer and the ball was flying a lot earlier, which caused me to over club on the first three holes, so I was struggling, but I took a few yards off every shot and I got back to scoring well again.”

Huizing carded an eight under par round of 63, recording the lowest round of the week to sit in second place two shots behind McGowan. While Portugal’s Ricardo Santos surged up the leaderboard with a round of 65 to sit a further two strokes back with Adrian Meronk of Poland a in fourth place on ten under par.

The final round of the D+D REAL Czech Challenge will get under way at 7.00am local time.

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