28th April 2019 | Sunshine Tour
Van Rooyen hits the front in Rabat
From The European Tour
Erik van Rooyen will be looking to use all his experience when he takes a one shot lead into the final round of the Trophée Hassan II on Sunday.
The South African is looking for his first European Tour win at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam but tasted victory on both the European Challenge Tour and the Sunshine Tour in 2017.
His victory at the Hainan Open came when he took a two shot lead into the final round, and he led by four after 54 holes in the Rolex Series at last season’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.
The 29-year-old went on to finish fourth as Russell Knox won in Donegal, and he will have some experienced players chasing him down in Rabat.
Spaniard Jorge Campillo is his closest challenger at seven under, a shot clear of American Sean Crocker and two ahead of Scot Grant Forrest, Australian Wade Ormsby, England’s Lee Slattery and American Julian Suri.
“I was quite nervous last year,” said Van Rooyen. “I think I’ve been in this position a bunch of times now. The nerves will be there again tomorrow but I love to be in this position.”
Van Rooyen birdied his final three holes as he carded a third round 68 to get to eight under and he was delighted with his day’s work.
“I didn’t switch any gears,” he added. “I struggled with my rhythm, my tempo in the beginning and I think I just kind of found my flow on the back nine.
“What we’ve been doing up until now has been great, so we’ll just keep doing that.”