Jordan Smith surges to the top in Germany

Jordan Smith takes a one-stroke lead into the final round after carding a bogey-free 66 in the BMW International Open. Chawrasia (+1) is at T46 and Bhullar (+3) is at T53

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Jordan Smith leading rd 3 of BMW International Open

June 22, 2019: Jordan Smith will go in search of his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open, taking a one stroke lead into the final round after carding a bogey-free 66 at Golfclub München Eichenried.

Hole-in-one winner, Gaganjeet Bhullar shot three over 75 in the third round. Bhullar shot three birdies, two bogeys and two double to close at T53.  S.S.P Chawrasia is the only other Indian in the field ahead of Bhullar, carded one-over-par 73. He shot three birdies and four bogey and lying at T46.

The Englishman Smith, hasn’t dropped a shot since a bogey at the start of his second round on Friday, playing the next 35 holes in 12 under par, reaching a 13 under par total with his final birdie of the day on the 15th hole.

Smith has previous form in Germany, having won his first European Tour title in Hamburg at the Porsche European Open in 2017.

He is one stroke ahead of compatriot Matt Fitzpatrick and Austria’s Matthias Schwab. The pair both carded seven under par rounds of 65 – the lowest of the day – to move into second place.

 “It was a lot better out there today. I had control of the ball a lot better than I did yesterday. I’ve been driving it great, I don’t think I missed many fairways which is quite key with the greens being fairly firm. They were pretty soft today so you were able to attack the pins. I had the ball under control, a bit of a shame about the two pitches onto 16 and 18 but apart from that it was all good.

“I won in Germany a couple of years ago so I like Germany. Hopefully I can take two years and everything into account for tomorrow and see how it goes. I missed my first cut in Denmark a couple of weeks ago but the game was still looking good for that week. It’s been feeling good for a long while so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Defending champion Matt Wallace remains in the hunt in Munich after a four under par round and is joined by Christiaan Bezuidenhout in fourth place on 11 under par.

Former World Number One Lee Westwood is sixth alongside Frenchman Matthieu Pavon and Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg.

 

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