French Open in the Balance

Alejandro Canizares Open

Alejandro Canizares Open

Spaniard Canizares has thrown away his lead at this week’s French Open with two double bogeys in the final three holes.

This leaves Martin Kaymer topping the leader board on nine under, one shot ahead of Webster and Canizares heading into the final round at Le Golf National. However six players back up the majority of the top ten all sitting on seven under including British McGrane and Donald.

Canizares had found himself in the water twice on the back nine on this most challenging of courses, which is a candidate for the 2018 Ryder Cup. First the Spaniard pushed his tee shot on the short 16th into the lake then failed to reach the green on the 470 yard par four 18th.

Kaymer, delighted with his position, said of Cañizares finishing as he did: “It was obviously a little bit tough to see. You want to play well to get into the lead and I didn’t play well, to be honest.”

The holding champion who won last year’s French and Scottish Opens only needed a 71 to take the top spot heading into the final day in France whilst Webster hit a 70 to also finish joint second. Webster had started on an edge with a double bogey on the second but put in a solid round to keep himself in contention.

Luke Donald has recorded top three finishes in his last three European starts currently holds joint third but still insists he will play the majority of his golf in the United States due to his young family.

“I’m moving in the right direction,” said Donald, who came home in 31. “I do enjoy coming over, but it would be a pretty big upheaval to play more in Europe.”

Jimenez helped himself to a round of 66 which moved him to seven under with the rest of the chasing pack.

Leaderboard heading into the final round

-9 Martin Kaymer (Germany)
-8 Steve Webster (British)
-8 Alejandro Canizares (Spain)
-7 Damien McGrane (British)
-7 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)
-7 Luke Donald (British)
-7 Francesco Molinari (Italy)
-7 Jyoti Randhawa (India)
-7 Robert Jan Derksen (Holland)