Trophée Hasan II. Commanding Lead for Cañizares. March 15 2014
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Alejandro shot a third round -3 under par 69 to increase his advantage at the top of the leaderboard at -17 under par on the Golf du Palais Royal course. His nearest rival is still Seve Benson, who could only post a miserable third round score of +2 over par 74. It was good enough to keep him alone in second spot, but he is now way too far back to mount a challenge for this title at -11 under par.
Alejandro spoke about how tough it was today, especially putting;
"It was tough today, especially on the front nine the pins were difficult to get close to and some even difficult to two-putt. It's a good round, I kept it going. I was a little not so sharp off the tee today, my misses were right quite a bit so I have something to work on but overall I'm happy to shoot a round in the 60s and hopefully tomorrow I will keep it going.""My idea was to get to twenty under, that was my focus. I was trying to look forward all the time not behind me. It was a pity I started missing some shots right at the end and I could not take advantage of the par fives on the back nine."
"Hopefully I will keep calm and keep my rhythm and focus on every shot tomorrow. In this game anything can happen. Everybody saw that you can go low on this golf course, I have to keep going forward and do the best I can on every shot."
Seve admitted he struggled today, but was happy with a good finish to the round, and not given up hope just yet;
"I struggled really today just to get the ball pin-high.I was happy with the way I came back with five or six holes to go so there are positives going into tomorrow."
"I always know that if I am not playing well that my best golf is just around the corner so I was just trying to stay patient. Tomorrow is another day and I am feeling confident. The key will be to try to get a couple of shots back on Alejandro on the front nine, because that is the most difficult part of the course."
Robert-Jan Derksen is another stroke back after his third round -5 under par 67, the only bogey-free round of the day, giving him third place at -10 under par.
Only a mishap of calamitous proportions can stop Alejandro from winning this tournament from this position.