CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — As all of South Florida saw strong winds on Monday, Hannes Ronneblad, a Texas Tech golfer from Sweden, toughed it out for a slim lead at the Dixie Amateur entering Tuesday's final round.
Ronneblad posted 1-over par 73 in the third round and will tee it up in the final group at Heron Bay Golf Club with Clemson freshman Bryson Nimmer and Malone University junior Ryan Troyer. Ronneblad played Monday with fellow Sweden National Team squad member Hampus Bergman, who was near the top of the leaderboard entering the third round but was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.
Nimmer shot 74 on day three at TPC Eagle Trace and is a stroke behind Ranneblad while Troyer came in with 71 and is now two back of the lead, tied with Fredrik Nilehn — another member of the Swedish National team.
"It was pretty solid. Nothing spectacular, but solid," Ronneblad told the Sun Sentinel of his third round. "The first day, I struggled with my approach shots. It feels like I can handle the wind better. If I can bring that to the course, I can go really low."
Nimmer struggled playing TPC Eagle Trace's par-5s on Monday, making two pars, a bogey, and a disappointing double bogey en route to his 3-over par round.
"I played them pretty poorly and I had that problem all day," Nimmer told the Sun Sentinel.
Despite it, Nimmer should be confident in his game heading back to Heron Bay, where he shot a bogey-free 67 in round one.
"I hit it well," he told the Sun Sentiel. "I didn't putt very good and I didn't play the par-5s very well, which was the difference."
Five players are three behind at even par, including three more Swedish golfers, Marcus Svensson, Tim Widing, and Albin Bergstrom, as well as Illinois State's Zach Burry and University of Louisiana-Monroe senior Velten Meyer of Germany.