Friday, 19 March 2010
England's Philip Golding goes into the final round of the Terme Euganee International Open in Italy with a two stroke lead and seeking his first tour victory in two years.

The 39 year old Englishman carded a third round 68 for 19 under par 197, and is two shots clear of another Englishman, Chris Gane, one of six players to return best-of-the-day 65s.

Golding was on the course at Padova early to complete three holes of his second round and collected two birdies for a 63 which put him a shot clear starting round three.

Now he has a good cushion to take his first title since the Open des Volcans in France in 1999 and take a major step towards regaining his European Tour card.

Gane, 27, could also be on the regular tour next year, his 65 including seven birdies and a back nine of 31.

Italy’s Federico Bisazza and Johan Skold share third place on 200 after 67 and 68 respectively, while three more Swedes, Martin Erlandsson (66), Mattias Nilsson (70), and Mattias Eliasson (65) are a stroke further back in joint fifth with Spain-based Englishman, Miles Tunnicliff, another with 65.

The other 65s were returned by Ireland’s Paddy Gribben, Dennis Edlund from Sweden, and England’s Andrew Marshall.

But it was a disappointing third round for Simon Hurley. One stroke behind Golding at the start, he slipped to a 75 and is now eight strokes off the pace.

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PosPlayer NameNatHolePar
1GANE, ChrisENG18-23
T2DAMBERG, MattiasSWE18-22
T2GOLDING, PhilipENG18-22
4ELIASSON, MattiasSWE18-21
5BISAZZA, FedericoITA18-20
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