Crocker Looking For ‘Something Shiny’ To Celebrate Maiden Tour Win With Hero Open Victory

American Sean Crocker admits he would love ‘something shiny’ as he remains on target capture not only a maiden DP World Tour win at the Hero Open but a first pro career success at the Fairmont Resort on the outskirts of St. Andrews.

Crocker, and a month shy of his 26th birthday, has enjoyed three second-place results in his prior 106 DP World Tour starts, and now takes a two-shot lead into day four of the Euro 1.75m event

The Zimbabwe-born Crocker, who used to play Test cricket before getting into golf, added a three-under-par 69 in the  tougher windy scoring conditions to move to 18-under with Swede Jans Danthorp (69) now in second place on 16-under as he seeks a maiden victory since joining the play-for-pay ranks five years ago.

Crocker has led from the start of the event and looked still well in command until posting a double-bogey ‘6’ and the par-4 13th hole.  However, the current World No. 241st ranked golfer brilliantly made amends superbly finding the green in two at the par-5 18th and then cleary thrilled to send his 41-yard eagle putt to the bottom of the cup.

 

“That was a nice little bonus on 18”, said Crocker. “I was trying to get it up and down for a birdie but to see that ball drop was pretty cool.

“I was still trying to make birdies even though it’s pretty windy. I was just plotting around the golf course, a couple pf putts dropped. It was nice to see that putt on the par three go in, I missed a few before that and wasn’t feeling the best with the putter. That one gave me a bit of confidence. Made a few in a row, then parring along and found the back side of a wall (on the 13th).

“Saying that, it’s nice to have a bit of room but I also know those gaps can be closed very quickly. Just got to play my own game tomorrow and see what we can do.

“It would probably be the most special day of my life to win this week. I play golf for the love of it, for trophies and all that stuff. It’s been a long time since I’ve held something shiny so it would be a nice little present”.

Unlike the eagle and birdie feast of the prior two rounds, including joint course-record 61s on day two, the much windier day three conditions saw the lowest day three rounds being a pair of 67s.

 

 

 

 



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