DP World Tour
Mar 26th, 2022
Jordan and Meronk lead Qatar Masters
Duo battle high winds to take slender lead into Sunday
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The duo, who both graduated from the European Challenge Tour in 2019, battled the high winds at Doha Golf Club to reel in overnight leader Pablo Larrazábal and open a one stroke lead on eight under par, one shot clear of Finland’s Kalle Samooja in third on seven under par.
England’s Jordan posted a two-under-par round of 70 which included a stunning five-under-par back nine, while Poland’s Meronk birdied two of the final four holes to card a level par round of 72 and join Jordan at the top of the leaderboard. Should Meronk go on to claim victory tomorrow, he would become the first player from Poland to win on the DP World Tour.
“I find the front nine is probably tougher, it has less chances anyway," said Jordan.
"I wasn’t doing too much wrong; I couldn’t get up and down, I couldn’t hit fairways, it just wasn’t quite happening but I knew I wasn’t too far off. I just kept going because you have to."
Meronk was delighted with his level-par round of 72.
“I’m very pleased, to be honest. It was super tough. I knew it was going to be tough, it was a grinding day but I’m very satisfied with the result and looking forward to tomorrow," said the 28-year-old from Poland.
“You have to stay patient. You’re going to hit some bad shots, some really bad shots, and you just have to accept it and stay patient."
Samooja, playing in the ninth group of the day, took advantage of his early tee time and put himself into contention for his first DP World Tour title with a six-under-par round of 66, the low round of day three in Doha, before the wind picked up in the afternoon and made scoring difficult for the later groups.
Spaniard Larrazábal eventually carded a three-over-par round of 75 but remains just two shots off the lead in a tie for fourth place on six-under-par alongside countryman Adrian Otaegui and South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber. Four players share seventh place on five under par, including Scotland's Ewen Ferguson, Chase Hanna of the United States, Italy's Edoardo Molinari and Denmark's Niklas Nørgaard Møller.
The stage is set for a thrilling final day at Doha Golf Club, with 18 players within four shots of the lead.