Entering the final day at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg, England’s Jordan Smith was one of six players to take the top spot alongside David Law of Scotland and Tom McKibbin of Northern Ireland; watch the fourth day of the Porsche European Open from noon on Sunday on Sky Sports Golf
18:20, UK, Saturday, June 3, 2023
England’s Jordan Smith, bidding to win the tournament title for the second time, was one of six players to take the lead to advance to the final round of the Porsche European Open.
The Briton shot 72 in the third round to sit alongside Alexander Bjork, David Law, Tom McKibbin, John Axelsen and Julien Guerrier at the summit with a six-point tie on Saturday.
Smith, who has won two DP World Tour titles, said: “I’m pleased with the way I’m trying to get there and get things going.
“I’ve enjoyed my week so far. I haven’t had to worry too much. So much of the same tomorrow.
“Everyone will say [winning] will mean all, but it will mean all. It would be nice to win in front of my wife and it would be great if I got that third win.”
Scotland’s Rule ended his 72nd Saturday with consecutive birdies to take the lead, while Northern Ireland’s McKibbin followed a rollercoaster ahead nine with eight strokes before finishing. End your round with a birdie.
McKibbin, a 20-year-old Challenge Tour graduate who hails from the same golf club as Rory McIlroy, is looking forward to the final round battle.
“I’m so excited,” McKibbin said. “Look forward to going out there and playing golf.
“I’ll just go hole by hole and see where it takes us at the end of the day.
“[Winning] means the whole world to me. I’ll try not to think about it, go out and play my own game and see where that takes me by the end of tomorrow.”
Law, who is aiming for a second win, said: “It was a great tournament. The crowd today was amazing.”
Guerrier started day one with the first six shots but plunged into contention after recovering from a hit on Friday with five birdies over the next six holes.
The Frenchman dropped another shot on the 13th but closed his round with a record of 15, 16 and 18 to shoot 67 and put himself in a strong position when searching for the title. its first DP World Tour on Sunday.
Sweden’s Bjork made a birdie-eagle finish, while Dane Axelsen scored four birdies in his last six holes.
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