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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Martin Kaymer  (Getty Images)
Martin Kaymer (Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer will go in search of a second win on home soil on Sunday as he leads the local challenge at the Porsche European Open.

The two-time Major Championship winner heads into the third and final round at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach six shots off the lead of Alexander Levy alongside fellow German Florian Fritsch and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger.

The fans in Bavaria may have been robbed of 18 holes of golf by the lengthy fog delays over the first three days but with plenty of fans having made the trip from Austria this week, the penultimate group is sure to have a large and loud following.

Kaymer won the second of his 11 European Tour titles at the BMW International Open in 2008 and, while he admits the delays this week have not been ideal, that will not prevent him from giving his all for home glory.

We don't have many chances to win in our home country and if you do, I know how nice it feels so I wouldn't mind winning this event too - Martin Kaymer

"It's just long mornings," he said. "I played solid today, the same as how I played the first round. I putted really well yesterday, didn't miss any putts for the chances I created.

"I just need to keep going and obviously Levy is playing great golf. He played well last week too and you have to give him credit.

"It's a little bit of a different approach now from playing four rounds. I'm not here to finish second or third but it's a matter of trying to win a golf tournament.

"We don't have many chances to win in our home country and if you do, I know how nice it feels so I wouldn't mind winning this event too."

Wiesberger had got within four of the lead after 11 holes but a lost ball on the 12th resulted in a bogey and stalled his momentum in a round of 68.

The 30 year old secured his third top ten of the season as he finished second at the KLM Open two weeks ago and while he knows catching Levy will be a tall order, he believes there is a very low round out on the course.

"I kind of had a turnaround when I had a long, long wait on 12 that really broke my rhythm," he said. "That second shot, I don't know how it didn't clear and I feel that cost me three or four shots at least. That puts me a long way back unfortunately so it wasn't quite what I wanted today.

If we can find some magic tomorrow, you never know - Bernd Wiesberger

"I had to wait a whole day yesterday, didn't play any golf and had to come out today to try and make a number. I did up until 11 and then obviously those holes you feel like you're going to shoot three or four under coming in rather two over but all in all, still somewhere about and if we can find some magic tomorrow, you never know.

"He [Levy] obviously likes the course and it's not going to be easy but I had a similar sort of situation at the KLM. Just go out as hard as we can and keep pushing and looking forward and you never know what is going to happen. I think there is something around 60 out there if you really get it going, it's just a matter of doing it."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1FISHER, RossENG18-19
T1LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-19
T3KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-16
T3JONZON, MichaelSWE18-16
5WIESBERGER, BerndAUT18-15
6KAYMER, MartinGER18-14

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