European Tour

Unheralded Smith takes lead into European Open final round

2017-07-29 20:40
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Hamburg - England's Jordan Smith will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the European Open in Hamburg after shooting a second consecutive 67 on Saturday as he targets a first tour title.

Smith's bogey-free five-under-par round left him on 12-under overall with Sweden's Jens Fahrbring and France's Alexander Levy his nearest challengers, each on 10 under par.

Levy is still in contention to retain his title after a day on which he was forced to complete his second round before a third round of 69.

The Frenchman was one of a number of players who had been forced to come back early on Saturday after lengthy rain delays on Friday had brought a premature end to play.

Smith's fellow Englishman Ashley Chesters had led in the clubhouse overnight but he could only manage a level-par round of 72 on Saturday and is one of six players in a tie for fourth at nine-under.

Further back, US Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed sits at seven-under after a colourful 70 that featured an eagle and four birdies but also four bogeys on the Green Eagle course, just to the south of the German city.

South Africa's former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, the highest-ranked player in the field at world number 21, slipped back to five-under after a 73.

Leading European Open scores after the third round at the Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg on Saturday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 72), (a) denotes amateur:

204 - Jordan Smith 70-67-67

206 - Jens Fahrbring (SWE) 68-68-70, Alexander Levy (FRA) 67-70-69

207 - Julian Suri (USA) 66-72-69, Ashley Chesters 68-67-72, Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 71-66-70, Ryan McCarthy (AUS) 70-69-68, Richard Sterne (RSA) 70-71-66, Johan Edfors (SWE) 71-67-69

209 - Richie Ramsay 70-68-71, Stuart Manley 67-71-71, Siddikur Rahman (BAN) 70-66-73, Trevor Fisher Jnr (RSA) 70-68-71, Luca Cianchetti (a) (ITA) 71-67-71, Patrick Reed (USA) 68-71-70

210 - Chase Koepka (USA) 69-68-73, Stephen Gallacher 68-70-72, Richard McEvoy 66-72-72, Sean Crocker (a) (USA) 69-70-71, Thomas Detry (BEL) 71-69-70

Selected others

211 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 67-71-73

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