20th October 2018 | Alps Tour Golf
Borda retakes the lead before decisive final round
David Borda (ESP) regained the lead today of the Alps Tour Grand Final with a total of -14.
Borda finished round 3 with a score of 67 (-4), with 5 birdies and a bogey.
The Spaniard is followed by the overnight leader Hugues Jr Joannes (BEL, -12 total) and by Conor O’Rourke (IRL) who also thanks to an eagle on hole 17 finished the day at -11 total.
Alexandre Daydou (FRA), Leo Lespinasse (FRA) and Gato Bertinotti (ARG) turned in the best cards of the day (65, -6) at the Golf Club Des Iles Borromées
« I played pretty solid today on the front 9, everything came together. I hit good tee shots, good second shots and I putted well. Things were kind of under control but this is golf and I missed a few shots on holes 12 and 13. I finally made a good birdie on hole 17 so I’m pretty happy, I’m looking forward to tomorrow » Borda said. « Everybody is feeling the pressure this week. Tomorrow is going to be the day. I’ll just go out there and try to play my best and we will see what happens » he concluded.
« My day did not go as well as yesterday obviously. I did not hit the ball as well, I imagine I felt a bit of pressure at the start of the round » Joannes said. « But I made some good pars at the beginning, I made a good birdie on hole 6, that’s the only one I made today. I did not make any mistakes and I’m rather satisfied with my day knowing I did not hit the ball as well as yesterday » he explained. « I still have a chance tomorrow, I’m 2 shots behind the leader and there is still something to be done » he added.
Tomorrow’s much anticipated final round will crown the winner of the last tournament of the 2018 season. But it will also determine the top 5 of the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking, that will obtain a full category to play on the Challenge Tour next year. 70 000 points are due to be distributed tomorrow to give the opportunity to players not in the top positions of the Order of Merit to move up in the ranking. The winner of the Grand Final will get 11,000 points while the runner up will grab 7,000 points.
Today’s weather conditions were overcast in the morning before the sun came out with pretty warm temperatures and some wind gusts throughout the day.
Tomorrow’s final round will tee off at 09h20 local time.