The 23-year-old shot a four-under 67 to take the lead on seven-under heading into today’s final round. And he’s ready to take that fine form into the last 18 holes today.
“It was a good round,” Uihlein said. “It was windy out there and the conditions were quite tricky. But I played solid and was able to attack where I needed to.”
He leads by three shots from two Frenchmen, Thomas Levet and Gregory Bourdy. Ever since he turned professional back in 2011 big things have been expected of the American ace. He was former No.1 ranked amateur golfer in the world and helped the USA win the Walker Cup in 2009. However, the first experience of his time in the big league didn’t go according to plan. He finished nowhere near the top 60 in last year’s Race to Dubai and failed to make an impact in any tournament.
This year’s been a different story, though. Uihlein recorded his first professional win at the Madeira Islands Open in May, and he’s looked at home on the fairways of the European Tour finishing in the top 20 seven times.
He’s currently 50th in this year’s Race to Dubai and will be only too aware that victory today will all but guarantee his place in the 60 this year and a tee time on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 14.
Second round leader Liam Bond had a day to forget. The Welshman, who is ranked 1,528th in the world and only got into the tournament at the last minute, shot 69 and 68 over the first two days to hold the halfway lead. But the 44-year-old had a miserable day on the famous Celtic Manor course, just a few miles away from his house, as he shot a seven-over score of 78 to drop to nine shots off the lead.
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