DP World Tour
May 1st, 2022
Bekker grabs the lead at Catalunya Championship
South African leads by two from Canter in Spain
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The South African had a share of the lead after an opening 66 but entered the weekend one shot behind Englishman Laurie Canter at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness.
The playing partners did battle throughout round three and it was Bekker who finished on top, carding a 67 to get to eleven-under and sit two ahead of Canter, who signed for a 70.
My short game really got me out of a bit of trouble today on a few occasions and I managed to capitalise on the shots that I did well so, all and all, great," said Bekker.
"That one was big (on the 17th), that could be a real momentum moment with 18th coming up as well. With the storm coming in the wind is all over the place, so to make that putt was really important."
Bekker has five top-tens in nine starts in his first season with full playing privileges after graduating from the European Challenge Tour. His third-place finish at the Steyn City Championship was the best of his DP World Tour career but he has seven wins on the Sunshine Tour and now has an excellent platform from which to get over the line in Girona.
Canter is also looking for his maiden win after three runner-up finishes, most recently at the 2021 BMW PGA Championship.
"I was happy with how I played to be honest, the front nine especially I played really solid, gave myself a lot of chances," said Canter.
"All of my birdies were more or less tap in range. Dropping a shot on nine and walking off a couple under was probably about as bad as I could have scored for how I felt I played."
Italian duo Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari are at eight-under, a shot clear of Kiwi Ryan Fox and Pole Adrian Meronk. Last week’s winner Pablo Larrazábal and fellow Spaniard Ivan Cantero Gutierrez are at six under alongside England’s Richard McEvoy, Dane Jeff Winther and Austrian Ryder Cup player Bernd Wiesberger.