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Friday, 19 March 2010
Erik Andersson of Sweden has romped into the lead with a six-under-par 65 on the third day of the Tusker Kenya Open in Nairobi.

On another day of perfect weather and low scoring, Andersson was upstaged by fellow Swede Jorgen Aker and Jeff Remesy of France who both equalled the course
record with 64, Remesy's card including a hole-in-one at the fifth.

But Andersson leads on 13-under-par 200, one shot ahead of Aker and Dutchman, Maarten Lafeber, who returned 69, and two ahead of English duo Iain Pyman and John Hawksworth.

Andersson, 29, might have bettered the course record and commanded an even bigger lead but he ran up a double-bogey six at the 14th when he duffed a shot
and the ball finished behind a tree.

Aker rounded off his 64 in perfect style with an eagle-three at the last, hitting two 1-irons to 40 feet and chipping-in.

Pyman, who led after the first round, carded five birdies and credits his improved form to spending three weeks in Dubai working on his game.

Hawksworth, who led overnight following a 64 of his own, made the best possible start with three birdies in the first four holes. That put him three strokes ahead. But despite going out in 33 he ran into trouble on the back nine, three bogeys in the last six holes spoiling an otherwise perfect day.

Yet the cheers of the day were reserved for Ulsterman David Jones, the 51-year-old former Kenya winner who rolled back the years by carding a 65 including two eagles.

Playing his 29th Kenya Open and doubly determined this time after missing the cut a year ago, the only time he has not been involved over the weekend, he went out in a level-par 36.

The fireworks came in a back nine of 29 with two birdies and that brace of eagles when he holed a 2-iron second shot at the 14th then hit a 3-wood to 20 feet before draining the putt for a three at the last.

It leaves Jones in eighth place on nine-under-par 204 and with high hopes of pipping the youngsters for the title again.

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