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Day three digest: 2021 Dutch Open

Day three digest: 2021 Dutch Open

Everything you need to know from Moving Day in the Netherlands.


Kristoffer Broberg raised hopes of a 59 but instead had to make do with a course record 61 and an eight shot lead on day three of the 2021 Dutch Open.

Here is everything you need to know from round three at Bernardus Golf.

Fine frontrunning from brilliant Broberg

Broberg began day three with a slender one shot advantage but ended it a whopping eight strokes clear after producing two remarkable bursts of scoring either side of a sticky patch in which he showed his mettle. An eagle and four birdies in his first six holes gave Broberg significant breathing space at the summit but he had to hang in there shortly afterwards as he dropped his first shot of the day at the ninth and saved par on the tenth to avoid further damage. He then reeled off six birdies in seven holes from the 11th to give himself an outside chance of a 59. But he could not get the eagle he required at the last and had to settle for a course record instead.

Cañizares comes close at the eighth

We're used to seeing plenty of aces on the European Tour this season, with Toby Tree holing a three iron from 231 yards at the sixth to claim the 30th hole-in-one of the campaign yesterday. We're not, however, expecting to see one at the tricky par three eighth this week but Alejandro Cañizares very nearly managed it. How good was this?

And the Spaniard then went on to make six birdies in a row from the 12th, courtesy of two lovely bunker shots at the 15th and 16th, to move into a tie for third on 14 under.

Van Driel puts on a show

Local favourite Darius van Driel found himself in the spotlight on Saturday as the home crowds gave him their support. But he definitely did not crumble under the pressure, instead firing an eagle, five birdies and just the one bogey in a third round 66 to climb up the leaderboard.

Shot of the day contender

Ondrej Lieser probably had damage limitation on his mind when he found himself in the thick rough after two shots at the ninth. But he produced a tremendous recovery shot, using the slope to ease the ball down to tap-in range. He might even count himself a bit unlucky that it didn't go in for a birdie!

Helligkilde feeling at home

Marcus Helligkilde is alone in second place after Saturday's 68, and the Dane is having a great time. He said: "It’s nice being up there with all the crowds, I love playing with the big crowds to be honest. It is my first tournament with all the people watching and I just enjoyed today and I do not know why but I felt so comfortable, and it felt like home in some way just being out there and I played some pretty decent golf."

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