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Aguilar chasing wire to wire victory in Austria

Aguilar in full flight today (Photo: Getty Images )
Australian Ryan McCarthy could only tread water on day three of the European Tour's Lyoness Open presented by Organic near Vienna in Austria, the Tasmanian’s third round of 71 seeing him in a share of 22nd position as the event heads into tomorrow’s final round at the Diamond Country Club.

The 27 year old Challenge Tour player improved two positions from his overnight share of 24th but is now seven shots behind the leader Felipe Aguilar of Chile. McCarthy heads the three Australians who made the cut with Terry Pilkadaris and Brett Rumford tied for 44th.

New Zealander Ryan Fox is well positioned however in a share of 10th position and five shots from the lead after his third round of 71.

Ryan Fox - file photo - Bruce Young

Aguilar is chasing his third European Tour victory and a wire to wire one at that. Aguilar leads by two over local, Sepp Straka, Sweden’s, Johan Carlsson, and South African, Dylan Frittelli. A bogey at the last kept the door open for his chasers but Aguilar, who has not recorded a finish better then 47th in eleven starts this season, appears on the verge of a significant turnaround and his first victory in nearly three years.

“Today I think I left many shots on the golf course,” said Aguilar. “I played quite well and I missed a couple of greens which is normal, and several putts I missed for birdie, so it could have been a little bit better but I’m still in contention and this is what I wanted on Thursday so we will see what happens.

“Some of the greens are going to get really quick and depending on the pin positions, the strategy for tomorrow, even though I will try and keep the same strategy I have been doing the last three days, it’s going to depend on where the pin is going to be on the green so we can have some full shots in there."

Straka played with his golfing idol Wiesberger who he bettered by four shots in round three and is excited by the prospect of playing in front of home fans despite the expectation he now carries as the leading Austrian.

“Nerves were definitely up. I did feel comfortable, I’ve felt comfortable for most of the week but I’m just trying to keep a level head.

“I played with Bernd (Wiesberger) one time maybe when I was 12 years old but we haven’t since then. It was awesome, it was great playing with an idol growing up, I always looked up to him so it was really cool. I’ve never played in front of that many fans so that aspect was great.

Frittelli, who had been in impressive form before missing his last two cuts,has been a two time winner on the Challenge Tour but has yet to win at this level. He did finish runner-up at the 2105 Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast however when losing a playoff to Nathan Holman.  

Dylan Frittelli - file photo - Bruce Young









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