Matthias Schwab in control as he bids for first European Tour win | Golf | Sport

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Matthias Schwab is gunning for his first win on the European Tour as he goes into the final round of Turkish Airlines Open with a three-shot lead after a day where Justin Rose’s title defence went up in smoke.

Austrian Schwab shot a six under 66 despite a double-bogey on the 12th to extend his lead from day two as he sits on 18 under.

But Rose, who was looking to win this event for the third time in a row, shot one over and will start the final day nine shots back.

Rose declined to comment after his round which featured a rant towards a cameraman as he found the water on the ninth before a double bogey of his own.

Schwab has now shot just four rounds over par in his last 34 and insisted he will be going for more birdies on the final day.

He said: “I’ll just try and do the same stuff that I’ve been doing the last few days, and I’m sure pars will not be enough tomorrow because it’s usually pretty gettable out here. I’ll just be aggressive and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”

Schwab is being hunted by a pack of five three shots back which includes Brits Tyrrell Hatton, Robert MacIntyre and Ross Fisher.

Fisher’s involvement however is causing a stir after it has emerged he will now receive the full points and money he earns during the week after initially arriving as an invite due to two drop outs changing his status to first reserve.

The European Tour have also revealed they will extend the fields in the next two Rolex events should Fisher qualify for them. The Tour have emailed the players to explain the situation although it is understood some are unhappy.

“I’m trying not to think about it. I’m just treating it as if I’m here as an invite,” Fisher said.

“As soon as you starting ‘I need to finish this to get into next week’ your mind starts to wander, so I’m going to get that as far from my mind as possible and just go out and enjoy it. Obviously it’s great for me that my points count, so I’ll finish higher at the end of the season going into next year, and there’s a sniff of getting into next week.”

Hatton meanwhile is in the mix despite booking in an operation for a wrist injury that his been troubling him since he fell over at the Masters two years ago.

Hatton hasn’t won since October 2017 but kept with the pack with a third round 65.

However despite his good form he insists he will stick to his miserable persona that has become something of a trademark.

Asked if he will become happy-go-lucky, light-and-fluffy Tyrrell Hatton, he said: “No, never. I’ll be the miserable, negative person, which is standard me, but I’ll embrace it.”

And when quizzed if he thought relaxing a little would help him, he added: “Yeah, of course. There’s times where I can’t help myself, but that’s just me. Obviously if I can keep myself as cool as I can be tomorrow, then I’ll give myself the best chance possible and that’s all I can ask for.”



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