Adria Arnaus will head into the final round of the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final with a three-shot lead over a quartet of players after the Spaniard carded an impressive five under par 67 at Al Hamra Golf club to top the leaderboard for the third consecutive day.
Arnaus, who is currently ranked ninth in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah in his first season as a professional, started his third round with a bang after picking up two shots in his first three holes before making his third birdie of the day at the eighth to make the turn in 33. The 24-year-old then shot a back nine of 34 to put one hand on his first piece of European Challenge Tour silverware which could see him rise to second in the Rankings.
“I am enjoying the week and everything has been working well,” said Arnaus. “It would be very special for me to win this tournament, overall it has been a great and fun year and to end it with a victory would be awesome.
“It’s important that I get a good result as I want to finish as high as I can in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings. That could be the difference in getting into more European Tour events next season. There are 18 more holes to play and at the end of the day so we will see what happens.”
Daan Huizing, Victor Perez, Romain Langasque and Sean Crocker all share second place after a day of low scoring at the season finale.
Langasque started the week ranked 25th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah but if the tournament were to end as it is, he would rise to 15th in the Rankings and seal the final coveted European Tour card for next season.
“I feel like my game has been pretty solid this week but I seem to mess up one or two holes,” said the Frenchman. “It was difficult out there today due to the wind and the course was tough work so it’s hard to have a perfect round.
“I’ve given myself a chance of securing a European Tour card which is really special for me and I will give everything until the end. I need to stay calm and focused heading into the final round and hopefully, I can achieve my objective. ”
Max Orrin carded a five under par 67 – the joint lowest round of the day – to rise from the bottom of the leaderboard to tied 29th. The Englishman is targeting a big final round after coming into the tournament in 16th on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah and on the cusp of promotion to the European Tour.
“I’ve come into today with a fresh mindset and knowing that I needed two really low rounds to give myself a chance of finishing in the top 15 of the Rankings, “said Max Orrin. “ I played really well, hit some nice shots and holed some good putts which were a lot better than I’ve done the first two days.
“It’s special for us guys to reach the European Tour, it’s everything we play for all year. You work hard to try and climb the golfing ladder and obviously, when you’re so close coming into the season-ending event it’s an even bigger thing. I’ve played well today so at least I’ve given myself a chance.”