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Friday 19 September 2014

McGrane two shots off KLM lead

Damien McGrane is eight under - two shots off the lead - ahead of the final round

Ireland's Damien McGrane returned a flawless 67 to move into a share of third place after the third round of the KLM Open at Zandvoort.

McGrane sits on eight under - two shots off the lead - alongside France's Julie Quesne, with three-time winner Simon Dyson and fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher a shot further back after matching 71s.

Holland's Joost Luiten rewarded the home fans for braving some miserable conditions by claiming a narrow lead with a four-under-par 66 at Kennemer Golf Club to finish 10 under par, one ahead of overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez who battled to a level-par 70.

Luiten bogeyed the opening hole but chipped in twice for birdie - on the sixth and 16th - and also holed from 40ft across the 17th green for another birdie to delight the large galleries.

Jimenez, already the oldest winner in European Tour history after his win in the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days last November, carded 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey in his round, but fellow overnight leader Pablo Larrazabal slumped to a 77.

Larrazabal's round got off to a nightmare start with a triple-bogey seven on the first and although he birdied the seventh after a bogey on the fifth, a back nine of 38 ended his chances of a third European Tour title.

McGrane, whose sole European Tour title to date in the 2008 China Open came in similar conditions, said: "It was really enjoyable, my short game was razor sharp which you need in tough conditions. I managed not to drop any shots all day which was a great achievement I am very content.

"I enjoyed it only because I was able to hang in there and picked up a couple of birdies close to the end which turned it into a very good day. When the conditions get tough it falls back on chipping and putting and today I was pretty good at it.

"Some of the holes are brutal, especially on the front nine, and when I weathered as far as number six I knew it would get a little easier. I've been showing reasonable form so I am looking forward to getting to this time tomorrow evening and see what it brings."

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