European Tour

SA's Van Rooyen moves ahead in Morocco

Erik Van Rooyen (Getty Images)
Erik Van Rooyen (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Erik van Rooyen will take a one stroke lead into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II after a scintillating five under par 68 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam.

The South African, chasing his first European Tour title, finished with a flourish as he birdied the final three holes on the par-73 Red Course in Rabat to move to eight under par.

A thrilling final day is in prospect in the Moroccan capital, as four of the top seven players will go in search of maiden European Tour victories.

Jorge Campillo, who finished runner-up twice and also third in March this year, continued the run of form which has seen him move inside the top 100 in the world. The Spaniard carded a four under par round of 69 to take sole ownership of second place.

In third, Sean Crocker sits one stroke ahead of fellow 2018 European Challenge Tour graduate Grant Forrest, who shares fourth place on five under par with Wade Ormsby, Lee Slattery and Julian Suri.

 “I didn't even realise I made five birdies to be honest. I didn't switch any gears. I struggled with my rhythm, my tempo, but in the beginning I think I just kind of found my flow on the back nine. I spoke to Alex, my caddie, and said we'll just keep doing what we're doing. I think we were at level par through eight holes and things just started to click," said Van Rooyen after his round.

“I think I've been in this position a number of times now. The nerves will be there again tomorrow, but I love to be in this position. What we've been doing up until now has been great, and we'll just keep doing that.”

Scores after Round 3:

211 E Van Rooyen (RSA) 74 69 68, 

212 J Campillo (Esp) 72 71 69,

213 S Crocker (USA) 67 74 72,

214 W Ormsby (Aus) 74 70 70, J Suri (USA) 71 71 72, L Slattery (Eng) 70 72 72, G Forrest (Sco) 75 70 69,

215 D Lipsky (USA) 71 70 74, M Kawamura (Jpn) 75 69 71, J Smith (Eng) 66 76 73,

216 T Pulkkanen (Fin) 75 74 67, K Samooja (Fin) 72 76 68, R Sterne (RSA) 71 76 69,

217 J McLeod (Aus) 72 78 67, M Schwab (Aut) 70 73 74,

218 T Detry (Bel) 73 76 69, T Jaidee (Tha) 73 72 73, J Winther (Den) 74 72 72, T Lewis (Eng) 72 75 71, A Björk (Swe) 74 71 73,

219 F Zanotti (Par) 74 70 75, C Bezuidenhout (RSA) 75 71 73, M Korhonen (Fin) 72 76 71, J Luiten (Ned) 73 75 71, K Kitayama (USA) 73 74 72, A Pavan (Ita) 72 74 73, D Law (Sco) 75 71 73, M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 73 76 70, G Moynihan (Irl) 74 74 71, J Morrison (Eng) 72 75 72, A Chesters (Eng) 72 73 74,

220 D Papadatos (Aus) 70 72 78, A Sullivan (Eng) 74 73 73, C Sordet (Fra) 76 70 74, C Paisley (Eng) 75 72 73, G Migliozzi (Ita) 72 71 77,

221 A Cañizares (Esp) 67 76 78, B Hebert (Fra) 73 74 74, K Reitan (Nor) 70 73 78, M Hoey (Nir) 74 73 74, V Dubuisson (Fra) 75 70 76,

222 A Otaegui (Esp) 73 77 72, P Waring (Eng) 73 77 72, E Molinari (Ita) 69 78 75, R Langasque (Fra) 74 75 73, C Shinkwin (Eng) 74 76 72, J Hansen (Den) 75 74 73, R Gouveia (Por) 75 74 73, J Walters (RSA) 74 72 76, P Hanson (Swe) 72 78 72, J Senior (Eng) 70 77 75,

223 M Siem (Ger) 74 73 76, L Jensen (Den) 73 76 74, A Quiros (Esp) 73 77 73, O Wilson (Eng) 74 75 74, K Koivu (Fin) 74 76 73,

224 M Warren (Sco) 72 73 79, D Horsey (Eng) 73 75 76, H Park (Kor) 75 74 75, M Pavon (Fra) 68 78 78, M Kieffer (Ger) 72 78 74,

225 P Larrazábal (Esp) 70 79 76, S Soderberg (Swe) 72 78 75, S Brown (Eng) 76 74 75, J Girrbach (Sui) 74 75 76, P Dunne (Irl) 73 75 77,

226 R Jacquelin (Fra) 72 74 80, T Murray (Eng) 77 69 80,

227 R Ramsay (Sco) 77 72 78, S Gallacher (Sco) 68 82 77,

230 H Tanihara (Jpn) 76 74 80,

151 M Schmitt (Ger) 78 73 0, V Perez (Fra) 73 78 0, N Lemke (Swe) 74 77 0, P Oriol (Esp) 73 78 0, R McEvoy (Eng) 77 74 0, D Borda (Esp) 78 73 0, R Paratore (Ita) 74 77 0, N Bertasio (Ita) 75 76 0, B Evans (Eng) 74 77 0, B Ritthammer (Ger) 76 75 0, N Elvira (Esp) 77 74 0, H Leon (Chi) 73 78 0,

152 M Manassero (Ita) 76 76 0, A Karlsson (Swe) 77 75 0, N Cullen (Aus) 74 78 0, D Burmester (RSA) 73 79 0, Y Miyazato (Jpn) 72 80 0, A Levy (Fra) 75 77 0, K Johannessen (Nor) 75 77 0, R Karlsson (Swe) 76 76 0, A Saddier (Fra) 73 79 0, J Dantorp (Swe) 73 79 0, D Lawson (Aus) 75 77 0, J Kruyswijk (RSA) 75 77 0, O Raouzi (am) (Mar) 77 75 0,

153 S Kim (USA) 73 80 0, R McGowan (Eng) 75 78 0, M Orrin (Eng) 77 76 0, S Gregory (Eng) 79 74 0, S Jamieson (Sco) 74 79 0, J Singh Brar (Eng) 77 76 0, J Choi (Kor) 73 80 0, J Geary (Nzl) 78 75 0, A Wu (Chn) 75 78 0, J Wang (Kor) 77 76 0, M Kinhult (Swe) 73 80 0, J Lagergren (Swe) 75 78 0, R Evans (Eng) 73 80 0, A Lguirati (Mar) 75 78 0,

154 L Gagli (Ita) 74 80 0, R Wattel (Fra) 76 78 0, D Fichardt (RSA) 76 78 0, C Blomstrand (Swe) 75 79 0, S Vincent (Zim) 80 74 0,

155 I Cantero Gutierrez (Esp) 76 79 0, H Long (Ger) 79 76 0, B Dredge (Wal) 77 78 0, J Catlin (USA) 75 80 0, L Johnston (Sco) 77 78 0, R Macintyre (Sco) 78 77 0, A Connelly (Can) 78 77 0, H Porteous (RSA) 77 78 0, J Thomson (Eng) 79 76 0, F Serghini (Mar) 75 80 0, L De Jager (RSA) 75 80 0, J Scrivener (Aus) 74 81 0, L Canter (Eng) 73 82 0, O Fisher (Eng) 78 77 0,

156 A Rai (Eng) 76 80 0, M Southgate (Eng) 77 79 0, P Mejow (Ger) 78 78 0, A Cockerill (Can) 78 78 0, D Drysdale (Sco) 76 80 0, F Bergamaschi (Ita) 81 75 0,

157 D Gavins (Eng) 78 79 0, D Howell (Eng) 77 80 0, E Toledo (Mex) 81 76 0, P Figueiredo (Por) 77 80 0, S Manley (Wal) 76 81 0, E Kofstad (Nor) 75 82 0,

158 M Baldwin (Eng) 81 77 0, J Quesne (Fra) 77 81 0, A Arnaus (Esp) 78 80 0,

159 G Fdez-Castaño (Esp) 79 80 0, E Porter (Aus) 73 86 0,

160 P Langfors (Swe) 84 76 0,

161 S Al Kurdi (am) (Jor) 83 78 0,

163 Z Lombard (RSA) 81 82 0,

165 A Ssouadi (am) (Mar) 83 82 0,

167 A Marjan (Mar) 90 77 0, S Al Sharif (am) (Ksa) 83 84 0,

** M Nixon (Eng) 73 RT 0, A Dodt (Aus) 73 RT 0, S Kjeldsen (Den) 77 WD 0, C Wood (Eng) 76 DQ 0

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