Derksen tied for third-round lead at Mallorca Classic
MALLORCA, Spain -- An early bogey left Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen with only a share of the top spot at the end of a weather-disrupted Mallorca Classic third round on Sunday morning.
Derksen had missed a five-foot birdie putt in near-darkness the night before on the 15th and when he resumed his round at the 16th, he put his approach into water to bogey.
Two pars then gave him a one-under 70 for a nine-under 201 total to tie Frenchman Gregory Bourdy.
The pair are a stroke better than another Frenchman, Jean-Francois Lucquin, and Ireland's Peter Lawrie. British duo Richard Finch and Sam Little, both battling to keep their playing rights in their final event of the season, are a stroke further back.
Derksen admitted he did not enjoy getting up early to finish off his round.
"It was a little bit too early for me. I haven't been able to pack or have breakfast," he said.
"It's always difficult to find your rhythm in that kind of situation and I was too far back with my tee shot on the 16th.
"But two solid pars to follow kept me in the final group and that was important."
He added: "The tournament's still in my own hands and I feel I should be able to finish the job."
Playing-partner Lucquin drove into the water on the 16th but scrambled a par by holing a 20-foot putt.
However, the Frenchman then bogeyed the short 18th by three-putting from a similar distance to deny himself a share of the third round lead.
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