Euro Tour. N.H. Collection Open. Nixon Nudges Ahead. April 05 2014
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Matthew takes a one shot lead into the final round of the NH Collection Open in Spain following his third round -7 under par 65, which included two bogey's. He sits proudly at the top of the leaderboard at -8 under par for the tournament.
So far this year Matthew has made only one cut, and he said everything about this round was nice;" I really enjoyed it, the sun’s been shining and I played really nicely. I don’t remember much about it apart from the fact that I kept knocking them close and knocking the putts in. If I could do that again tomorrow it would come in handy." “Today the conditions are obviously a little better, but it was just one of them days. I had a nice start and it just kept going. Exactly the same day tomorrow would be nice!” Marco Crespi also had a better round three, shooting -6 under par 66, which left him alone in second place at -7 under par. He is now full of confidence and is going to fight for the title tomorrow; “I am very happy because I played great all day long. Always in the middle of the fairway, hitting for the pin, just waiting for birdies, and finally they came, five in a row. And that’s it, that’s the way to make six under. I was patient; normally I am a very patient person." “Tomorrow I am going to fight for the title, that’s for sure, and I am pretty confident because I am playing very good. The weather forecast is good and if it’s a day like this I think I can do well.” Felipe Aguilar is in third place, a third round of -2 under par 70 giving him a tournament total of -6 under par. One shot behind Felipe is Ricardo Santos, who put together a tidy third round of -5 under par 67, giving him fourth place on his own at -5 under par. Ricardo spoke about the tough first three holes on this course and his good putting; “I was very consistent off the tee, which is very important on this course and really solid into the greens. I putted quite well, not really well, but quite well. Today is warmer, with less wind but the course is still tough, specially the holes into the wind." “The course is tough because we start with three very strong par fours and if you don’t start really well you are struggling. That’s probably the reason that we don’t have really low scores under the better conditions.” A tight leaderboard means the winner will need a very good round of golf tomorrow, probably have to shoot the lowest round of the week to lift this trophy.