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Italian Open 2013 Leaderboard: Biggest Surprises of Tournament so Far

The Italian Open is set for a thrilling final day.
The Italian Open is set for a thrilling final day.Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Aidan ReynoldsContributor IIISeptember 22, 2013

The Italian Open has produced some excellent golf so far as well as a few surprises along the way.

There are bound to be some more as the tournament reaches its close, but let's take a quick look back at the moments that have raised some eyebrows up to this point.

 

Marcus Fraser's Consistency

Marcus Fraser has produced some decent performances in the past, but he's rarely been consistent enough to cap it off with a victory.

Yet he stands on top of the Italian leaderboard following a series of consistent rounds. He carded a three-under 68 in Round 3 to finish the day 11 under par.

As reported by EuropeanTour.com, Fraser attributed his success to the course's similarity to those he grew up on:

I grew up on a very tight, tree-lined golf course with tiny little greens and the emphasis was on getting it in play and hitting little shots around the greens and that's exactly what this demands. I think it's a brilliant golf course and wish we could play it every week of the year.

Whether or not he can maintain his momentum will be an intriguing storyline to follow.

 

The Italian Support

Of course the Italian Open is bound to attract Italian support, but the way the crowd has responded has been incredible. The success of Francesco Molinari has undoubtedly helped, but in turn he has fed off their energy and produced some great golf as a result.

Molinari has won the event in the past, so he would obviously love to do so again. The crowds can sense a famous victory as Molinari lies joint second just a shot back from Fraser. The support is only going to increase in the final round.

It's not just Molinari the crowd is cheering for, either. There has been sizable support for 16-year-old amateur Renato Paratore, who shot a 66 to move up to ninth place. 

It's great to see so much support for an event which hasn't always pulled in the crowds. 

 

Joakim Lagergren

Joakim Lagergren is currently tied for second place at 10-under, but that's not the most surprising thing about the Swede's performance. Of all the golfers near the top of the leaderboard, Lagergren has also been one of the most erratic.

His 67 in Round 3 was impressive, but it included three bogeys and a series of shots that demonstrated why he sits at 590 in the world rankings. 

It's been a good few days for Lagergren, but including him as a true contender for overall victory remains difficult.

It'll take something really special on the final day, and the feeling persists that he always has another couple of bogeys in him.

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