Jonathan Caldwell shoots 68, lies just three shots adrift as Harrington slips back with disappointing 73

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Jonathan Caldwell. Photo by Golffile

Jonathan Caldwell carded a bogey free four under 68 at Fairmont Resort, St. Andrews. The Clandeboye golfer lies six shots off leader Matt Wallace on 18 under par. While that may to too much of a mountain climb heading into the final days play, he has a realistic chance of catching Garrick Porteous who lies in second place, just three points ahead

Caldwell parred the first five holes before birdieing the par 5 6th. He finished the front nine with another birdie on the par4 9th to make the turn two under par.

The 36 year old began his back nine with pars on 10 and 11 and then birdied the par 5 12th and followed it up with another birdie on the par 4 14th.

Four more pars saw out his day to leave him on 12 under for the tournament and eyeing a best ever finish on the European Tour.

“I scrambled out there pretty good today and holed some nice putts that I have been doing all week,” Caldwell said.

“I didn’t play quite as well as yesterday but then the conditions were a lot harder today with a lot of crosswinds so I needed to scramble a little bit and was pleased that I managed to get up-and-down a few times. I have fond memories playing here for the Open qualifier here last year as I putted really well for the 36-holes.

“The golf course is soft but then if you hit it in the fairways, that are a little wider, then you have a lot of good chances for birdies while if your short game is sharp enough and with the greens so good, you are going to make your four and five footers. So, I’ve enjoyed the test so far and looking forward to tomorrow.”

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Padraig Harrington. Photo by Golffile

Padraig Harrington had a disappointing day shooting a one over 73. The Ryder Cup Captain slipped back down the leader board to a share of 12th place.

Two birdies, an eagle, and two bogeys saw the Stackstown man make the turn two under par but a bogey on the par 3 11th and a double bogey on the par 3 17th saw him finish one over for the day and eight under for the tournament.

Matt Wallace carded a brilliant bogey free round of 66 to open up a three shot lead. The Englishman is chasing a fifth European Tour title and his first since the 2018 Made in Denmark, and he edged closer to that target after recording an eagle and four birdies – including two in his last two holes - to get to 18 under par, three ahead of nearest challenger and countryman Garrick Porteous.

“I enjoyed it a lot”’ said Wallace. “Especially at the end there to finish the way I did was really nice. It’s probably the best I’ve ever handled myself. I missed a few putts early on, I didn’t really get much going. I holed a nice one on four and then a good two on that short driveable hole but then nothing really happened. Sometimes I felt like I wanted to push on but I stayed really patient and it showed there by the end.  

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Matt Wallace

“It’s very simple when you’re just thinking about the process. I’m just going to go and have a nice bath, warm up, have some food and then get ready for tomorrow. Do the same things I’ve been doing practice-wise. Find out where the wind is because the wind could be different, come up with a game plan, and then process and execute.”

Porteous also signed for a round of 66 at Fairmont St Andrews as he sets his sight on a first European Tour title, after earning his card for the 2020 season at Qualifying School.

Spaniard Adrian Otaegui had a share of the overnight lead with Wallace and he sits in third place at 14 under par after a round 70. 

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