Matthew Jordan. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Matthew Jordan and Johannes Veerman carded rounds of 64 to finish top of the leaderboard after the Saturday shootout at the Cyprus Showdown but Gavin Green will take the momentum into day four after a big finish sealed his place for the final 18 holes.
According to the European Tour’s official wesbite, the week started with 105 players and that was reduced to 32 when the second round was completed on Saturday morning, before round three saw the final field trimmed to 19, with the scores reset to par for the Sunday showdown.
While Jordan and Veerman were comfortable in the clubhouse at seven under, Jorge Campillo and Thomas Detry were left sweating four shots back in a tie for 16th as the final group of Green and Richard Bland came up the last.
A birdie or better for Bland would push the Belgian and the Spaniard out of the top 16, while if he were to par and Malaysian Green make an eagle on the par five, the Englishman would also be heading home.
Bland found sand off the tee at the last but managed to save his par and, with Green hitting an incredible second from the rough and making a two putt birdie, both men advanced alongside Campillo and Detry at three under.
Green’s chances had looked gone when he bogeyed the 16th but he put his tee shot to five feet at the par three 17th for a birdie before that final gain handed him a 68.
“It feels amazing. A great shot on 17 and again a great shot on 18 but you kind of had to to it, it’s either do or die pretty much. I just went at it,” he said.
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