Brilliant Bekker bursts ahead in Catalunya

Apr 30, 2022 | Featured, South Africans abroad

From DP World Tour

Oliver Bekker will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 2022 Catalunya Championship as he looks to turn his fine form into a first DP World Tour victory.

The South African had a share of the lead after an opening 66 but entered the weekend one shot behind Laurie Canter at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness.

The playing partners did battle throughout round three and it was Bekker who finished on top, carding a 67 to get to 11-under and sit two ahead of Canter, who carded a 70.

Italian duo Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were then at eight-under, a shot clear of Kiwi Ryan Fox and Pole Adrian Meronk.

Bekker has five top-10s in nine starts this term as he plays his first season with full playing privileges after graduating from the European Challenge Tour.

His third-place finish at the Steyn City Championship was the best of his DP World Tour career but he has seven wins on the Sunshine Tour and now has an excellent platform from which to get over the line in Girona.

“My short game really got me out of a bit of trouble today on a few occasions and I managed to capitalise on the shots that I did well so, all in all, great,” he said.

“Tomorrow I’m just going to do the same thing, it’s been working for me, I’m not going to change anything. If it’s my day, it’s my day, if not, just try to give my best and see what happens.”

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