Alvaro Quiros posted an even-par 72 on Saturday at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam and will take a one-shot lead into Sunday’s final round of the Trophée Hassan II.
The Spaniard, who has led wire-to-wire, opened with a pair of matching birdies and bogeys to turn in level-par 36, and he carded the same sequence on his closing nine, highlighted by a final gain on the par-4 18th hole to move to 13-under par, good for the 54-hole pole position.
“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette. Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good, but I have to really believe that I fought very nicely and that’s the most important thing, especially with the pin positions that we have played today,” said Quiros.
“I’m happy to finish in level par today because it was my tricky day, I want to think, so hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
“I will need to see how my game is waking up tomorrow to believe in being able to shoot a decent score that allows me to fight for the title or not. That’s why we are here, to be leading tournaments and being able to develop.”
Quiros is one clear of Finn Mikko Ilonen (66), Frenchman Alexander Levy (69), and South Africans Christiaan Bezuidenhout (68) and Erik van Rooyen (71).
South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, who won here in 2016, fired a 67 to sit T6 at 5 under, alongside Canada’s Austin Connelly (71).
TOP 10 LEADERS
1 Alvaro Quiros -7
2 Alexander Levy -6
2 Mikko Ilonen -6
2 Christiaan Bezuidenhout -6
2 Erik van Rooyen -6
6 Jeunghun Wang -5
6 Austin Connelly -5
8 Andrew Dodt -4
8 Joost Luiten -4
8 Alexander Bjork -4
8 Joakim Lagergren -4
Quiros’ approach and putt on the final hole to finish even-par on the day.
The man to catch.
Quiros leads by one at the #TropheeHassanII after a 72 ?? pic.twitter.com/WQKdbVc6ij
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) April 21, 2018
“I have to recognize that it felt a little bit like Russian roulette. Suddenly great shot, suddenly not that good…”
– Alvaro Quiros
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