Coetzee takes one-shot lead at Portugal Masters as Guerrier limps to 75

By Sports Desk September 12, 2020

George Coetzee will take a one-shot lead over Julien Guerrier into the final day of the Portugal Masters after carding 66 on Saturday.

The South African started the day eight shots behind overnight leader Guerrier, whose five-stroke advantage at the top of the leaderboard evaporated in a birdie-free round of 75.

Masahiro Kawamura is in a tie with Guerrier for second after a superb third round of 65, which included eight birdies, took him to 10 under for the tournament.

It is Coetzee who leads the way in the Algarve, however, a fine eagle at the par-five 17th helping him to move 11 under par.

Coetzee, a four-time winner on the European Tour, was even a little disappointed he did not sink his approach for an albatross, saying: "It would have been nice.

"I kind of felt like I was in a good space today and I didn't really get going on the front nine, missed a couple of good opportunities on the back nine with the first couple of holes, but then when I started finally making them it was kind of smooth sailing from there.

"It was a bit of a grind but you just have to kind of hold on tight until you get a good opportunity."

Guerrier seemed to be in a battle with himself, clawing back a few par finishes after bogeying the fourth and producing a solid back nine having dropped another shot at the ninth.

However, back-to-back bogeys at the 15th and 16th saw the lead slip from his grasp, although pars on the final two holes kept him firmly in the hunt.

Related items

  • Streb ends title drought with play-off win at RSM Classic Streb ends title drought with play-off win at RSM Classic

    Robert Streb claimed his first PGA Tour title since 2014 at the RSM Classic, where he prevailed in a play-off against Kevin Kisner.

    Streb's sole win had come at the same event six years ago, but the American ended his drought after birdieing the second play-off hole in Georgia on Sunday.

    After trading pars on the first extra hole, Streb birdied the par-four 18th as countryman Kisner could only record a par at the Sea Island Golf Club.

    Streb became the first two-time winner of the RSM Classic, where he is the fifth consecutive 36-hole leader/co-leader to reign supreme at the tournament.

    The 33-year-old is also the first player to capture his first two Tour victories at the same event since Daniel Berger (2016-17 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic).

    A play-off was needed after Streb (68) and Kisner (63) – both playing the Seaside course – finished 19 under through 72 holes, a stroke ahead of Cameron Tringale (62).

    Streb had carried a record-equalling three-shot lead into the final round, but he was caught by the rallying Kisner, who was flawless with seven birdies and no bogeys to mark his lowest final-round score since 2016.

    Bernd Wiesberger (63) and Andrew Landry (64) finished tied for fourth at 17 under, a stroke better off than Harris English (62), Camilo Villegas (66), Kyle Stanley (66) and Zach Johnson (68), while former world number one Jason Day (65) earned a share of 12th position – five shots behind the top two.

  • Hansen holds his nerve to seal maiden triumph at Joburg Open Hansen holds his nerve to seal maiden triumph at Joburg Open

    Joachim B. Hansen produced a blemish-free final round of 67 to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Joburg Open.

    Having ended Saturday trailing leader Wilco Nienaber by one shot, Hansen held his nerve over the closing holes to triumph for the first time at the 146th attempt.

    Nienaber led by as many as three shots by the turn at Randpark Golf Club, only to see his advantage whittled away.

    Hansen birdied three of his first five holes on the back nine before a succession of pars proved enough, aided by the leader finishing with back-to-back bogeys.

    The Dane was understandably emotional after holing the winning putt, as he ended up on 19 under for the week.

    "I putted really well, almost haven't missed a putt inside six feet and holed a lot of long ones as well," Hansen – who won two tournaments on the European Challenge Tour in 2018 - said.

    Nienaber finished alone in second, two shots back of the new champion but one clear of fellow South African Shaun Norris.

    It was an eventful final day for the overnight leader, as he came close to holing a clever long-distance putt at the 15th that saw the ball sent into the first cut off the green.

    He also got a kind break on the 17th when he somehow avoided his ball rolling into the water hazard, though he still went on to record a bogey at the hole.

  • Streb grabs record-equalling lead at RSM Classic Streb grabs record-equalling lead at RSM Classic

    Robert Streb will carry a record-equalling three-stroke lead into the final round of the RSM Classic.

    Champion in 2014, Streb carded a three-under 67 in the third round on the Seaside course at the Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia on Saturday.

    The American moved into 17 under and his three-stroke lead tied the record for the largest 54-hole advantage in tournament history.

    Streb, whose only previous PGA Tour victory came at the same event in 2014, produced a bogey-free third round that included three birdies.

    Zach Johnson (65) and Bronson Burgoon (67) are Streb's nearest challengers at 14 under.

    Emiliano Grillo produced a fast finish with an eagle and two birdies on his final four holes to shoot a 65 and sit a shot behind Johnson and Burgoon.

    Kevin Kisner (66), Kyle Stanley (68) and Camilo Villegas (70) are further back at 12 under.

    Villegas dropped back into that tie for fifth after mixing three birdies with three bogeys.

    Jason Day, who missed the cut at last week's Masters, continued his consistent showing with a second straight 67, the Australian sitting at nine under in a tie for 14th.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.