Source: The PGAs of Europe England and Wales tied on -11. France -10 and Switzerland -9. Who will take the title? Keep up to date with all the news and scores of The International Team Championship at Roda on the official PGAs of Europe website.
Round 3 - Thrilling climax in store at Roda.
Switzerland, Italy and France have gate-crashed the anticipated showdown between England and Wales to set up a thrilling finale to the PGAs of Europe International Team Championship at Roda.
England began the third day at the PGA-branded academy and course in Murcia, Spain, boasting a two-stroke lead over Wales.
They ended it, however, sharing pole position on 11-under-par with Wales and, instead of preparing for a final round head-to-head, both teams are looking over their shoulders at the threat posed by the French, Swiss and Italians.
With just three strokes separating the leading five teams it would need the prophetic powers of Nostradamus to predict the winners of the Glenmuir and Calidona-sponsored tournament.
In terms of the scores, the French team represents the biggest danger to the joint-leaders after Benjamin Nicolay (five-under) and Francois Lamare (two-under) took them to 10-under for three rounds.
A stroke adrift of France is Switzerland, a team that has yet to win the competition. A third round total of seven-under, however, has given them a superb platform from which to end the drought and pocket the 6,000 euros first prize. Ironically, the Swiss were indebted to two non-nationals for their climb up the leaderboard. France’s Jean-Yan Dusson (five-under) proved their major contributor while James Johnson of England weighed in with two-under.
Italy, like the Swiss, has yet to win the tournament. Unlike them, the Italians did not need any help from beyond their borders in posting a tournament-best round of 11-under to go eight-under.
Fernando Pasqualucci led the way by equalling the tournament-best individual round of 66 that had been set by Switzerland’s Johnson and Paul Simpson of England. He was aided an abetted by former European Tour player Massimo Florioli (five-under).
While the Italians were responsible for the best combined score of the tournament, Sweden’s Claes Bjorklund produced its most memorable moment with a hole-in-one at the par three 198-yard second hole.
It was the fourth ace of the Swede’s career but, unfortunately, he did not see it drop.
“My two playing partners did but I didn’t,” said Bjorklund, who used a six-iron to exceute the shot. “They said it bounced and then rolled in.”
Source: The PGAs of Europe
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