Renato Paratore and Sean Crocker share the lead at Crans-sur-Sierre

Croker’s 64 the round of the day as players find scoring tougher

 Sean Crocker of United States walks to the 15th green during the third round of the  Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club  in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Sean Crocker of United States walks to the 15th green during the third round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

 

The picture at the top of the leaderboard changed dramatically on moving day at the Omega European Masters as Italy’s Renato Paratore and Sean Crocker of the United States took over at the summit, with those who had led the way on Friday moving backwards.

A 64 from Crocker – the lowest round of the day – and Paratore’s battling 69 saw the pair finish the day on 10 under par at Crans-sur-Sierre.

English pair Ross McGowan and Matthew Jordan and Spain’s Jorge Campillo were in a tie for third on nine under, with halfway leader Dean Burmester among those another stroke back.

Jordan, who is aiming to secure his maiden European Tour title this week, said: “The scores suggest [how difficult it was]. It was colder, the wind was a slightly different direction, which seemed to make it more difficult.

“Sometimes the ball would get through it, sometimes it would pick it up, so compared to the first two days I found it was more difficult to hit it close, pick the yardages.

“It’s so tightly bunched, someone is bound to play well with that many good players.

“I’ll start to play as well as I can and see what happens with the chances, just try to shoot the best score I can, that’s all I can do.”

Italian amateur Pietro Bovari had a day to remember in the mountains as he made a hole-in-one at the 13th to win himself an Omega seamaster watch.

Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Caldwell carded a four-over 74 that included a double-bogey six on ther 12th to slip back to two over for the tournament.

LEADERBOARD

British and Irish unless stated, par 70

200 Renato Paratore (Ita) 65 66 69, Sean Crocker (USA) 71 65 64

201 Jorge Campillo (Esp) 68 64 69, Ross McGowan 68 64 69, Matthew Jordan 67 65 69

202 John Catlin (USA) 68 65 69, Dean Burmester (Rsa) 64 65 73, Adrien Saddier (Fra) 68 69 65

203 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 67 67 69, Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) 68 68 67, Andy Sullivan 64 66 73, Marcel Siem (Ger) 66 68 69, Benjamin Hebert (Fra) 67 68 68, Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) 63 70 70

204 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 65 74 65, Alexander Levy (Fra) 69 68 67, Rasmus Hoejgaard (Den) 68 66 70, Paul Peterson (USA) 65 73 66, Thomas Detry (Bel) 65 65 74, James Morrison 60 74 70

205 Wil Besseling (Ned) 71 66 68, Calum Hill 68 70 67, Ignacio Elvira (Esp) 69 69 67, Marcus Armitage 63 73 69, Bryden MacPherson (Aus) 69 68 68, Masahiro Kawamura (Jpn) 67 71 67

206 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 71 64 71, Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 70 68 68, Justin Harding (Rsa) 66 66 74, Richard McEvoy 70 68 68, Alexander Bjoerk (Swe) 67 69 70, Daniel van Tonder (Rsa) 66 70 70, Guido Migliozzi (Ita) 67 70 69, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp) 69 67 70, Oliver Wilson 70 69 67, Scott Jamieson 67 67 72, Jeff Winther (Den) 70 67 69, Jamie Donaldson 67 66 73, Adrian Meronk (Pol) 70 69 67, Lee Slattery 70 67 69

207 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 72 64 71, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 68 69 70, Min-Woo Lee (Aus) 66 67 74, Sebastian Soederberg (Swe) 66 67 74, Soeren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 64 71, Darren Fichardt (Rsa) 66 70 71

208 Mikko Korhonen (Fin) 71 66 71, Gavin Green (Mal) 74 65 69, Julien Guerrier (Fra) 65 74 69, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 67 70 71

209 Victor Perez (Fra) 68 68 73, Pietro Bovari (Ita) 65 74 70, Andrew Johnston 68 66 75, Julian Suri (USA) 72 65 72, Ashley Chesters 67 71 71

210 Antoine Rozner (Fra) 69 70 71, Nino Bertasio (Ita) 69 69 72, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 67 71 72

211 Andrea Pavan (Ita) 68 71 72

212 Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 69 70 73, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 69 69 74, Jonathan Caldwell 70 68 74, Carlos Pigem (Esp) 70 69 73, Hugo Leon (Chi) 70 68 74

213 Rory Sabbatini (Svk) 67 72 74, Ronan Kleu (Swi) 68 70 75, Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry) 68 69 76, Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) 68 71 74, Yi-Keun Chang (Kor) 69 68 76

214 Raphael de Sousa (Swi) 73 66 75, Robin Roussel (Fra) 68 70 76

215 Kyong-Jun Moon (Kor) 67 72 76

216 Maverick Antcliff (Aus) 69 68 79

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