Vancsik still on top at Italian Open|
Turin, Italy (Sports Network) - After a long weather delay Saturday, Daniel
Vancsik closed out a two-under 69 to finish three rounds with a one-stroke
lead at the Italian Open.
Vancsik completed 54 holes at 11-under-par 202. He will go for his second
European Tour title on Sunday.
Roope Kakko moved within one of the lead thanks to a three-under 68 in the
third round. Thomas Aiken (66) and Gareth Maybin (70) share third place at
The third round was completed after a three-hour, 45-minute weather delay that
struck with six players still on the course. Prior to the delay, seven
different players owned at least a piece of the lead during the third round.
Vancsik, the 2007 Madeira Islands Open winner, tripped to a bogey on the
first, but recovered that lost stroke with a birdie on No. 2.
The Argentine faltered to another bogey on the par-three fourth at Royal Park
I Roveri. He rolled in a 12-footer for birdie on the seventh to regain the
lead at minus-nine.
Vancsik tapped in a three-footer for birdie on the ninth and made it two in a
row with a birdie on 10. He birdied the 11th from six feet out to extend his
lead to three shots.
After a pair of pars, Vancsik sank a 10-foot birdie effort to move to 13-
under. He was three clear of Kakko and Maybin at that point.
Vancsik knocked his second shot into a greenside bunker on the 16th just
before play was suspended. After the long delay, he could not save par from
the sand and stumbled to a three-putt bogey on 17. He parred the last to end
one ahead of Kakko.
"I was really unlucky with the timing of the break," Vancsik said. "I was
feeling very confident, but lost concentration when we went back. I'm still
happy to be leading and confident about tomorrow."
Kakko birdied the first, but bogeyed two of the next three holes to slip to
minus-six. He erased those mistakes with birdies on five and six to gain a
piece of the lead.
The 27-year-old dropped in another birdie effort on the 10th to get to nine-
under. Kakko got to 11-under thanks to birdies on the 13th and 15th. He
dropped a shot on 17 to end one back.
Raphael Jacquelin and Robert Rock both shot three-under 68s to share fifth
place at eight-under-par 205. Thomas Bjorn (68), Peter O'Malley (64), Julien
Clement (69) and Ake Nilsson (69) are tied for seventh at minus-seven.
Two-time major champion John Daly posted his third straight two-under 69 and
is tied for 11th at minus-six.
05/09 15:23:29 ET