Saturday, 20 August 2011
Steven Tiley   (Getty Images)
Steven Tiley (Getty Images)

A hat-trick of birdies gave England's Steven Tiley the outright lead midway through the final round of the ECCO Tour Championship presented by Thomas Björn and Mercedes Benz on Saturday.

After the tournament was reduced to 54 holes following a lightning delay on Wednesday and a day without play on Friday due to rain, the second round was finished on Saturday morning before a two-tee start in the third and final round later in the day.

And in much kinder weather, the scoring began low as Tiley shot to the top on seven under par, going three under par after birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes after starting with a birdie on the first and a bogey on the second.

Benn Barham of England and Frenchman Charles-Edouard Russo both went to two under par for the day and six under for the tournament to share second place with another Englishman, Daniel Denison, who was one under par for the day.

Overnight leader Alessandro Tadini fell back to tied for fifth spot with German Bernd Ritthammer and Danish pair Knud Storgaard and Lasse Jensen as a lone bogey on the third left the Italian at one over par through seven holes, two shots behind the leader on five under par.

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