Prague - Belgian outsider Thomas Pieters will carry a one shot lead into the
final round of the Czech Masters after carding a 54-hole total of 17-under par
following a 65 on Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who attended the University of Illinois, is chasing his
first professional victory with Sweden's overnight leader Pelle Edberg one shot
Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen is alone in third on 13-under and four back with
English pair Matthew Fitzpatrick and Robert Dinwiddie a further stroke adrift.
Pieters could have taken a stronger lead into the final 18 holes had he not
double-bogeyed the 11th hole after playing the wrong ball, but still signed for
an impressive round of seven under par.
He began his third round in sparkling fashion with an eagle at the first
before birdieing the second to lie three under after just two holes.
"The 11th hurts a little bit because it is my mistake. It could have
been a lower one but I'm still really happy with the way I played, and seven
under is a good score on a Saturday," said Pieters.
"I was hitting it well and putting well. There was no reason to get too
upset. Things happen, it's just a shame it happened today.
"It was nice to fight back and finish off with a couple of birdies, but
I need to learn from it obviously and not make stupid mistakes like that.
"I was a little impatient in Spain when I was up there, especially the
first six holes, so I need to stay patient tomorrow (Sunday)," he added in
reference to a runner-up spot at the Spanish Open in 2014.
"There will always been some nerves but I've been there before in Spain
and I just need to stay as calm and patient as I can."
Leading scores after the third round of the EPGA Czech Masters on
Sunday at the Albatross Golf Resort (GBR and IRL unless stated - par 72)
199 - Thomas Pieters (BEL) 66 68 65
200 - Pelle Edberg (SWE) 66 67 67
203 - Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) 67 69 67
204 - Robert Dinwiddie 69 67 68, Matthew Fitzpatrick 66 67 71
207 - Sam Hutsby 66 70 71, Mikael Lundberg (SWE) 72 71 64, Roope Kakko (FIN) 67 72 68, Peter Uihlein (USA) 70 71 66
- Craig Lee 68 71 69, David Lipsky (USA) 71 69 68, Eddie Pepperell 69
68 71, Michael Hoey 67 70 71, Renato Paratore (ITA) 65 73 70, Florian
Fritsch (GER) 69 70 69, Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 71 68 69
Anthony Wall 72 70 67, Lasse Jensen (DEN) 71 72 66, Kristoffer Broberg
(SWE) 67 73 69, Ryan Fox, Rikard Karlberg (SWE) 70 68 71, Jaakko
Makitalo (FIN) 71 70 68, Pedro Orial (ESP) 67 73 69