Welshman Jamie Donaldson carded a 69 on moving day to edge one shot clear of a crowded chasing pack as the inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open headed towards an exciting climax on Sunday.
I’m not getting any younger so it’s a case of just deciding what you want to do, and what I want to do is play golf.Jamie Donaldson
Former Ryder Cup hero Donaldson birdied the closing hole to reach 14-under par, and secure the narrowest of margins over Finnish duo Kalle Samooja – who fired the low round of the day 64 – and Sami Valimaki (68), Scotland’s David Drysdale (68), England’s Marcus Armitage (70) and Thomas Detry (67) of Belgium.
“I’m just working hard, really,” said the 45-year-old Donaldson, who is playing on a medical exemption this week after being laid low with a persistent wrist injury. “I’m not getting any younger so it’s a case of just deciding what you want to do, and what I want to do is play golf.
“It’s a case of working really hard to get back to playing decent again and contending, which is what I’m doing now and it’s great. I was really happy with the way I’ve been playing recently, it’s just a case now of getting match fit towards winning tournaments again, which I’m doing, getting better all the time again.
“It just took a long time after the wrist injury. You think it’s going to be quite quick and it just took a long time. Even when I was back playing, I wasn’t ready, but you don’t know that until now and now it’s good. We just keep going.
“I played nicely today, have played good for three rounds. Tomorrow is the most important day, so tomorrow is the day I need to produce my best golf if I’m going to win. There are a lot of guys up there. I just need to go out there and play as well as I can play.”
An exciting final day beckons with no fewer than 15 players within three shots of the leader.