Marco Penge leader in Challenge Tour finals

Wind and very critical conditions continue to keep the 45 golfers involved in Mallorca (Spain) company for the Challenge Tour Grand Final

by Andrea Gussoni
Marco Penge leader in Challenge Tour finals
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Wind and very critical conditions continue to keep the 45 golfers involved in Mallorca (Spain) company for the Challenge Tour Grand Final. Three rounds have already been recorded, and with eighteen holes to go the Englishman Marco Penge remains ahead of everyone with his -7 overall.

Solid Saturday for the Briton, who continues to travel in first position since the early stages of Thursday morning, for a round of par with two birdies on the 13th and 14th to make up for the two bogeys scored previously.

For Penge, victory in the tournament temporarily also means victory in the Race.

Marco Penge, results

The Golf Club de Alcanada (par 72) continues to show its teeth and after fifty-four holes there are only four golfers with scores under par.

In second position, just one shot behind the leader, we find the Frenchman Tom Vaillant (-6), who today runs in +1 and tomorrow he will play his cards for the DP World Tour card; for the transalpine the forecast speaks of a leap from 33rd to 12th place in the Race.

Everyone else is much further behind, in fact at -2 in third place we find the author of the best score in yesterday's round, the Frenchman Frederic Lacroix, who also shot 74 today, the result of a birdie on the opening hole and three bogeys scattered throughout the rest of the round.

Fourth and fifth position for the English Brandon Robinson Thompson and Sam Bairstow, respectively at -1 and equal with par. The two are among the few today to have scored under par (9 players capable of this feat in total, with the best score being -2).

In sixth position with a total of +1 we then find a group of four players: Conor Purcell, Joel Girrbach, Craig Howie and Julian Suri. For all the players on the field today was a truly rough day, in which the strong wind made it really difficult to play good golf.

Completing the top 10 are five golfers tied at +3, including our own Francesco Laporta. The Apulian started well, immediately finding birdie at 1, but then four bogeys in the following seventeen holes meant he ended the day with a score of +4.

Pavan is in 14th position with a total of +4: Andrea started from fourth position at the halfway point of the tournament, but a double bogey on 1st and a +5 in the first seven holes made it clear that the day would not be the best, for the blue today the total marks +7 and probable end of the dreams of glory for the victory of the Challenge Tour.

Difficult day also for Matteo Manassero, who sails in 26th position with a total of +7 for the tournament and a moving day in which his score marks +4. Good round for Lorenzo Scalise who manages to finish his eighteen holes in close par and remains at +8 in the tournament which means 31st place; Scalise paid for holes 1 to 9 yesterday, in which the Italian scored a +9 in which his head went out.

All four Italians will face tomorrow without too much apprehension, as it is practically impossible to remove them from a position among the top 20 of the Race, i.e. those useful for obtaining a pass for next year's DP World Tour, the true seasonal objective and weekly magazine of Italian golfers.

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