Sep 5th, 2015
Russian Open Day 3 Wrap
A day for the Lees
Words: Connor Froud Photography: Getty Images
On a rain interrupted Day 3 at the Russian Open it was the Lee's who came out on top, defeating the weather to produce some spellbinding golf.
37 year old Lee Slattery, who hasn't won since his maiden win in 2011, recovered from some early setbacks, including a double bogey, with a four under par round to move to thirteen under par. Lee admitted he was still taking it "one shot at a time" and trying to not get ahead of himself, which is understandable considering it's been four long years since his last win.
"I'm just going to go out and try and enjoy it." Doesn't it sound like every Sunday morning golfer? Well Lee's gonna give it a good go in a bid to end his glory drought in Russia.
In second place, Scotsman Craig Lee produced a beautiful round of 66 to set him in good stead for Sunday's round. However, if history is anything to go by, the omens are not good for Lee who is the only player in the top 7 yet to win a European Tour Event! Maybe his time will come tomorrow?
Lee said "I'm delighted with five under. I certainly would have taken it before I went out."
Englishman David Horsey started with a bogey on the second, but recovered with 6 birdies to shoot a five under par round and is now in a standalone fourth place at 10 under par. Horsey was delighted with his round acknowledging that "Saturday is moving day". Well, he moved alright.
With Horsey being the defending champion, he will be going into the final day full of confidence knowing he has won this title before and that he can do it again.
"I'm playing nicely at the moment so I just have to stick to my game plan tomorrow and see where I end up."
Overnight leader Bradley Dredge struggled on Saturday and was moving in the wrong direction after a one over par 72. He was two under par standing on the ninth tee, but it was all downhill from there as he dropped shots on 9, 12, 14 and 17 to leave himself four shots back. It's an uphill battle from there for Bradley.
So it's a big day for the Lee's tomorrow. Can Lee Slattery book only his second European Tour victory ever, or will Craig Lee have something to say about that? It's all set to be a cracker.