May 12th, 2019
British Masters 2019 - Day 3
Fleetwood closes gap on Wallace
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Matt Wallace of England retained his lead of the British Masters at a windy Hillside. However, he was looking over his shoulder as the tournament host, Tommy Fleetwood, closed to within three shots. Fleetwood, who at one point trailed Wallace by nine shots, played the last eight holes in five under to close the gap to just three.
Use the force young Tommy!
Wallace was out of the traps fast with birdies at each of the first three holes to open up a four shot lead on the field but faultered on the winding back nine with a bogey, his first of the tournament, at the 12th hole and a double bogey six at the 15th. He was joined in the lead by Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult on 14 under. The Swede had a rollercoaster back nine of his own with an eagle and three birdies to go with a bogey and a double bogey. Scotland’s Richie Ramsey kept himself in the hunt with a 71 and lies in third, only two shots behind the leaders.
Start as you mean to go on, what a ripper!
"Obviously I'm frustrated with dropping a couple on the 15th hole but I think I showed a little bit of character there to not let it affect me too much and I played the last three holes really nicely," Wallace said after his two under round of 70.
Local boy Tommy Fleetwood, who is looking to be the first host to win the British Masters, had an uneventful first nine but came alive on the back nine. A fine eagle on the 11th set up a great run for home in the tricky windy conditions. Fleetwood added three birdies in the last seven holes to end the day with a 68, only three back from the leaders.
“The leaders have been that far in front of me for most of the week, that it's been easy to switch off and do my own thing,” Fleetwood said as he confessed that he had felt a little under weather over the past few days. Apparently, he may have picked up something from his 19 month old son Frankie.
Excuse me, you’re in MY house!
Tee off times for Day 4 are available here and coverage is on Sky Sports!
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