Oman Open 2020 R3 { 528 images } Created 24 Feb 2020

Former champion Joost Luiten was part of a six way tie for the lead after 54 holes as the Oman Open got set for a Sunday shootout at Al Mouj Golf.

The Dutchman won the inaugural event in 2018 and a bogey free 67 on day three moved him to 11 under but he had plenty of company at the top of the leaderboard.

Finnish rookie Sami Valimaki carded a stunning 64, one shot better than countryman Mikko Korhonen who was also at 11 under. England's Callum Shinkwin bogeyed the last in his 66 to drop out of the solo lead, with South African Brandon Stone carding a 67 and Danish teenager Rasmus Højgaard signing for a 70 to complete the leading group.

Italian Guido Migliozzi was at ten under, a shot clear of French duo Adrian Saddier and Clément Sordet, and England's Jordan Smith. Sordet carded a 66, one shot fewer than Saddier and Smith to sit a shot ahead of Finn Kalle Samooja and two clear of Gallacher - who came home in 40 - two time Major Champion Martin Kaymer, Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and England's Robert Rock.

Player quotes

Joost Luiten: “I had a good start with the birdie at the first but after that I just didn’t hole any putts. I created a lot of chances but they just wouldn’t drop. The funny thing is I had putts that were further away on 11 and 12 and they went in which kick started my round.

“It was always helps when you have won the tournament before but I think winning in general helps you go through the motions and the feeling of winning a tournament.

“I’m just going to enjoy it; you’ve got to enjoy the tension that comes with trying to win. I love it here and feel comfortable so I just need to make I play simple golf tomorrow.”

Brandon Stone: “It was a very solid round that was very consistent and to be bogey-free again is sensational for me. It was good fun out there with me and Guido having a few long drive contests which I obviously won! We had some great fun out.

“It’s been three amazing days on a great golf course with plenty of good scoring. I’ll probably head to the gym tonight and do some recovery work and maybe have a cup of coffee and an early dinner. I might watch a movie and I’m sure the wife will have something planned for dinner and then back on it tomorrow.”

Callum Shinkwin: “I played great. I had a couple of good spells on the front nine and the back nine, holed a few putts, so overall my whole game has been very good, so I just have to sort that last hole out and I should be doing quite well.

“I will just do all the same things. It is more about how I am on the golf course as opposed to trying too hard. It is quite easy to go out there and force the situation, so just let it happen and hope for the best.”
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