Wattel three strokes clear

European Tour

Romain Wattel fired a superb 64 to move into the lead of the KLM Open in the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon.

The Frenchman’s round included a fantastic stretch of seven birdies, including a 15 foot birdie on the tenth, over 11 holes to surge three shots clear of Scotland’s Richie Ramsay. The round leaves Wattel on 14 under with just Sunday’s round to play.

Arriving at the sixth tee on even par for the round, Wattel racked up three birdies in a row, including a 30 foot putt on the eighth, before sinking birdies on four out of the next eight holes. The round could have been even better if it wasn’t for the bogey on the par three 17th.

“I know if I play good enough I am going to win one day; maybe it’s going to be tomorrow, maybe it’s going to be in two years, I don’t really know…” the 23-year-old is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

“The most important thing for me is to play some good golf. I am not in the top 100 in the world (he is currently 125th) so I can’t play the best tournaments like the majors and WGC events, so I am just trying to improve my game week after week.

“I am confident and even if I don’t win tomorrow it’s not a big deal, it will have been a good week for me and I am going to try to keep doing exactly the same.”

Earlier in the day, Paul Casey shot a course record equalling eight under 62, just one round after halfway leader Pablo Larrazabal did the same.

The round sees the former Ryder Cup star finish four shots off the pace on 10 under, one ahead of fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan and Joost Luiten.

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