Sep 19th, 2021
Broberg eight clear at Dutch Open
Sensational 61 puts Swede on course for victory
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Overnight leader Broberg flew out of the blocks on day three, firing an eagle and four birdies in his opening six holes to stretch his advantage from one to five shots early on.
The 35-year-old had to show his battling qualities during a sticky patch in the middle of his round but soon rediscovered his form, notching further gains at the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th to raise hopes of the second 59 on the European Tour.
The Swede was unable to get the eagle he required at the last and had to settle for a sensational 61 which took him to 23 under par.
"It was a great day. I played solid in the beginning, then I was struggling a little bit from seven to ten, but it was pretty good in the end and the putter is just smoking hot. It is just rolling pure, and I see every single line, so golf is easy when it is like that," said Broberg.
"I have been struggling all year with my game and my putting, you know I was looking at the stats and I was working hard on the putting. Saw an optician in Sweden and put a contact lens in the right eye so that was key, and now I can see the lines but in the beginning I played some really good golf. Key shots into one, two, three and a really good shot on four."
Broberg announced himself to the golfing world in August 2012 as he won three events in four weeks on the European Challenge Tour, and just over three years later he was a European Tour winner at the 2015 BMW Masters.
The ride since then has been anything but smooth, with hip and knee injuries contributing to him playing just 11 events between 2018 and 2020.
Marcus Helligkilde was Broberg's nearest challenger on fifteen-under after making seven birdies and three bogeys in his 68, one shot ahead of Matthias Schmid, Alejandro Cañizares and Richard Mansell.