Matthieu Pavon holds Spanish Open lead ahead of final round

by Joanne Miller

Title: Matthieu Pavon Maintains Lead at Spanish Open, Eyes First European Tour Victory

Publication Date: Oct 14, 2023

Word Count: 423

The Spanish Open is heating up, with Matthieu Pavon continuing to impress and securing a two-stroke advantage heading into the final round. Pavon, who has held the lead since his impressive opening round of 63, has positioned himself well for his first-ever European Tour victory.

On Saturday, Pavon extended his lead by hitting a 5-under 66, which included six birdies and only one bogey. The French player now sits at 16-under after 54 holes at the Club de Campo Villa in Madrid. Reflecting on his performance, Pavon expressed his determination to maintain his consistency and be himself, not letting the pressure of defending champion Jon Rahm affect his game.

Pavon, aged 30, faced tough competition from Rahm, who won the Spanish Open last year. However, Rahm is currently tied for 34th place and trails Pavon by nine shots. It seems that defending his title may be challenging for Rahm this time around. Rahm has won the Spanish Open three times in the last four years, matching the legendary Seve Ballesteros’ record. After representing Europe in their recent Ryder Cup victory, Rahm is keen to salvage his performance and make the final round more exciting.

Nathan Kimsey, hailing from England, is currently Pavon’s nearest challenger in second place. Kimsey’s solid performance, shooting a 65, has helped him close the gap on Pavon. Meanwhile, four players, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia of Spain, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Romain Langasque of France, and South Africa’s Zander Lombard, are all tied for the third position, four shots behind the leader.

Pavon acknowledges the challenge Rahm poses based on their previous encounter, where Rahm triumphed over him by six shots. However, the French golfer remains focused on his own game, drawing on the support of his Spanish heritage and his connection to Madrid. The atmosphere seems to be suiting Pavon, as he looks forward to taking home his maiden European Tour victory.

The Spanish Open has delivered remarkable performances from a range of players, elevating the excitement of the tournament. The final round promises to be an intense battle as golfers fight for the coveted title. With Pavon leading the way and seeking redemption against Rahm, spectators can expect a thrilling climax to the Spanish Open.

Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report to provide relevant information regarding the Spanish Open and the players’ performances.

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