19th October 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
España four clear in France
France’s Edouard España confirmed his good form and will be in contention to grab his second title of the season. Making the cut of the Masters 13, he secured his spot in the Top 5 but with a win he could climb in the ranking and make it swing.
“Today was a good, I sticked to the mental plan I elaborated at the beginning of the week. I staid very calm, patient. A great day reference to the means, and the results was ok. But I am really happy about my behaviour because it was a long day. We have been waiting a lot and we had to stay focus.”
The wind was back on Pont Royal Golf Course and it took players a while to adapt.
“As it was more windy today, I struggled a bit with distances to the greens so I played safe part of them. My driving was as well less accurate but I managed though to catch fairways. The course is very demanding, tricks are everywhere and there is no moment to relax.”
“To deal with 4 rounds is very interesting and I consider that to be able to win after 72 holes is a real test.”
“I need to be in kind of stress to putt myself in a bubble and only think about being focus. Main difference between competition in amateur events and pro’s ones is that during amateur season, you only have one event a month, so you give everything on this tournament. During the pro season, you have so many events that you can allow yourself not to be sharp one week. This week, I have no choice and I like it.”
The battle for España tomorrow will be against compatriot Frédéric Abadie, 4 shots behind and Italy’s Joon Kim, two strokes more back. But Mother Nature is expected to be tough on players as well. Rain and srong gusts of wind are forecasted, 30 to 40 km per hour.
From Pont Royal
18th October 2013 | Alps Tour Golf
Espana made his move
Edouard Espana (c) Agathe Séron
France’s Edouard Espana made his move at the perfect time. He shot 65, 7 under par to lead by 3 mid-way on Masters 13, last event of the season. A group of three players tie for second place, France’s Nicolas Joakimides, Frédéric Abadie and Italy’s Joon Kim.
Kim will take off in a week to Korea to play Q School of Korea Tour and his smile said a lot on the confidence he aggregate last days.
“I am just happy to play golf, that’s it new this year ! I know the course very well and todayy, there was no wind and the greens were a little slower than last year, so more playable”
Espana needs a good result this week to recover a place in the top 5 to gain his Challenge Tour category. Despite this goal, the native of Bordeaux did not feel or want to be disturb by the results.
“I manage to have the right behaviour on course and I don’t want to think of anything else. I played really solid but the way I think on course is much more important. The winner on Sunday won’t be the best player it will be the award of smart strategy and behaviour.”
This week, the Top 5’s goal is to keep their position. Unfortunatly, one player in the current top 5 missed the cut, Spain’s Jesus Legarrea. His place is in real danger as his margin was very narrow. Chasing precious spots with Espana, England’s Andrew Cooley double winner this season.
Palmer can not be overtaken as the 2013 winner but behind him, the ranking can swing.