Fraser leads into final round in Italy
BY European Tour | European PGA Tour | 2013 70° OPEN D'ITALIA LINDT | Round Three | 22 Sep 2013
Marcus Fraser will take a one shot lead into the final round of the 70° Open d’Italia LINDT determined to spoil Francesco Molinari’s bid to win his national open around the course where he learned to play the game.
The Australian posted a third round of four under 68 to move to 11 under par and establish a one stroke lead over home hero Molinari, his Ryder Cup team mate Nicloas Colsaerts and Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren at Circolo Golf Torino.
Molinari carded a one under 71 to move into that three way tie on ten under, and the Italian is hoping to go out all guns blazing I the final round as he looks to add a second Italian Open title to his CV, having won the tournament in Milan in 2006.
“I just need a couple of those putts to drop at the right time and if I can get a few putts to drop early then we will see what happens,” said Molinari.
“I probably need to be a little bit more aggressive tomorrow with my approaches to the greens but I will be giving it everything to try and win. The support I have had has been unbelievable and I have never seen crowds like this in Italy – it has been so good to see that and hopefully everyone can have a good day tomorrow.”
Fraser, and the other leading contenders, are aware that they will be going up against a man carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation in the final round, but they are determined to spoil the party.
“I have a great chance,” said Fraser. “It is an exciting position to be in and I feel like my game is in good shape and I am playing a course that I love so I just need to go out there and play my own game as I have done for the first three rounds.
“That will be difficult with Francesco just one shot behind and with the crowd willing him over the line, but I just have to play my game and try and spoil the party I suppose.”
Colsaerts felt his third round 71 could have been better but is hoping he is saving the best till last.
“It felt like I had a good one in me but maybe I am saving it for tomorrow,” smiled the Belgian. “It has been a while since I have been up there and it certainly gets my juices flowing. I have always played well in Italy – it must be the pasta or something – so I am looking forward to getting out there.”
Lagergren is the least experienced of the men at the top of the leaderboard, but, after back-to-back rounds of 67 the Swede has certainly earned his chance to secure a maiden European Tour win.
“If I can put in a good score tomorrow then we will see what happens,” he said. “I have been in this position a couple of times now and hopefully I can handle it well.”
Leading 54 hole scores scores:
205 M Fraser (Aus) 66 71 68,
206 N Colsaerts (Bel) 65 71 70, F Molinari (Ita) 68 67 71, J Lagergren (Swe) 72 67 67,
207 F Aguilar (Chi) 69 66 72, S Thornton (Irl) 68 67 72,
208 R Gonzalez (Arg) 65 73 70, H Otto (RSA) 71 67 70,
209 R Wattel (Fra) 71 72 66, M Manassero (Ita) 70 70 69, J Quesne (Fra) 70 68 71, B Wiesberger (Aut) 69 72 68, M Kieffer (Ger) 65 72 72, D Higgins (Irl) 67 69 73, S Hend (Aus) 72 71 66, S Webster (Eng) 67 69 73, R Paratore (am) (Ita) 72 66 71,