Wattel in last day hunt
Article posted: 25 August 2012
I needed a really good score to be back in the game and that’s what I did
Romain Wattel fired a brilliant nine under par 63 to move into contention at the Johnnie Walker Championship.
The Frenchman made an electric start in his third round at Gleneagles, rattling off six birdies in his first nine holes.
He made four more on the back nine, recovering from a single bogey at 13 to go second, one shot off the lead on 11 under.
"It was nice; I really enjoyed it," Wattel said. "Every time you go low it is enjoyable but today was especially so.
"It’s a tough course and in the third round I needed a really good score to be back in the game and that’s what I did so I’m really happy.
"I didn’t focus on the score, I just tried to focus on each shot and play my best.
"When I made a good putt on seven, it was a good moment for me because it was three or four metres. It gave me a lot of confidence."
In New York, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel are four under at the Barclays.
World number four Westwood and Masters runner-up Oosthuizen shot three under 68s, while Schwartzel finished two under.
Back in Scotland, Gregory Bourdy is tied seventh on seven under after signing for a 71, while David Howell, who also finished one under, is poised one shot behind in tied 13th.
Scott Pinckney built on Friday’s 70, shooting a three under 69 to go tied 17th on five under.
Fredrik Andersson Hed is four under after finishing two under. He is joined in tied 23rd by Matt Nixon. Richard Finch is two under, while Chris Wood is one under.
In Switzerland, Chris Lloyd claimed fifth place at the Rolex Trophy on 21 under after carding a five under 67 in his final round.
Peter Uihlein was one place behind him on 20 under after recording a two under 70.
Simon Wakefield enjoyed a fine round at Golf Club de Genève, shooting a six under 66 to finish 16 under. He was joined in tied 11th by Alexandre Kaleka after his three under 69.
Michael Lorenzo Vera’s 68 ensured he was inside the top 30 on nine under, while Charlie Ford was seven under.