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Santos on the cusp of second Swiss success 

Santos on the cusp of second Swiss success 

Ricardo Santos will take a four-shot lead into the final round at the Rolex Trophy as he goes in search of his second Swiss win of the 2019 European Challenge Tour season at Golf Club de Genève.

Ricardo Santos

The 36-year-old won the Swiss Challenge Presented by Swiss Golf in June and is in pole position to seal a second victory in Switzerland after recording an eight under par round of 64 to lead at the end of day three.

Santos, who shot opening rounds of 67-66 without dropping a shot, continued his excellent form at the Geneva layout by signing for another bogey-free round. The Portuguese star made four birdies in six holes from the par three third hole to join the early leaders on day three.

He then surged into the lead on the back nine, starting with a birdie at the tenth hole before gaining two further shots at the 12th and 15th.

Even after finding the water hazard off the tee at the 16th hole, he remained unfazed, getting up-and-down for a par before making his eighth birdie of the day at the par three 17th.  

With 18 holes to play and a four-shot advantage over the field, Santos is looking forward to the chance of more glory on Swiss soil.

“Sure, it would be great,” he said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.

“It was an amazing day. I played even better than the first two days, so I’m really happy with my game.

“I stood on the 16th tee box with driver in my hand and I thought it was probably too much, because I would be able to reach the bunkers and then it is not an easy shot. But on the first two days I didn’t reach the bunkers with my driver, so I thought I would grip down and hit it normally but then I had that thought in my mind.

“In the end I cut the ball too much and went into the water, but it was a good up-and-down to save par.

“I will try and stay calm like I have done until now. I will go out and play my game and see what happens tomorrow.” 

Hill, who has won twice during the 2019 Challenge Tour season, is going in search of his third win, and with that, immediate promotion to the European Tour. He followed up his opening rounds of 67-66 with a four under par 68 to sit four shots back in a share of second place with Darius van Driel.

The Dutchman recorded the lowest round of the day, a bogey-free nine under par 63, to move up 17 places into tied second with the Scotsman at 15 under par total.

Fellow Dutchman Daan Huizing, Northern Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin and Englishman Richard Bland sit a further stroke back at 14 under par following rounds of 67, 68 and 65, respectively.

Overnight leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen, who recorded his lowest career round of ten under par 62 on day two, could not continue his form, as he signed for a third round of 74, two over par, to drop down the leaderboard to tenth place.

The final round at the Rolex Trophy will begin at 7:30am local time with Santos teeing off at 1:30pm.

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