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Sunday, 16 September 2018
Chris Wood  (Getty Images)
Chris Wood (Getty Images)

Chris Wood turned in 34 to maintain his one-shot lead in the final round of the KLM Open at The Dutch.

The Englishman entered the day with a narrow lead and while he was overtaken by Wu Ashun in the early stages, birdies on the second and sixth moved him to 14 under.

China's Wu was one under through ten holes to sit a shot off the lead, one clear of Japan's Hideto Tanihara.

Welshman Bradley Dredge, Scot David Drysdale, three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington and England's Jonathan Thomson were three shots off the lead.

Wood bogeyed the first after finding the sand to make it a four-way tie for the lead but Wu's approach to the second was inside three feet and he was the solo leader.

A response was needed from the overnight leader and he produced one straight away, putting his second to the second to five feet for a bounceback birdie.

Thomson dropped a shot on the second and fell two shots off the lead alongside Drysdale who had birdied the third.

Wu had found his range and he hit an excellent tee-shot into the par three fourth and rolled home from 15 feet to get back in front.

Tanihara then slipped into the group at 11 under after finding sand off the tee on the fourth.

A Drysdale birdie at the par five sixth got him within two shots and the easiest hole on the course also bore fruit for Wood, who got back into a share of the lead.

Tanihara took advantage to get back to 12 under and he was joined there by Harrington who was making a move.

The Irishman had bogeyed the second but he holed a monster on the fourth, capitalised on the sixth and made another long putt on the seventh.

Wu hit his tee-shot right into thick rough on the same hole and a bogey meant that Wood was the solo leader.

Drysdale put his second on the ninth into a bunker and failed to get up and down, with Harrington three-putting the same hole to also drop to 11 under.

Thomson dropped another shot on the fifth but birdied the sixth to be at 11 under alongside Dredge.

The 45 year old had birdies on the first, third, fifth, sixth and ninth with a bogey on the second in his first 13 holes.

Belgian Thomas Detry and France's Benjamin Hebert were at ten under.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WU, AshunCHN18-16
2WOOD, ChrisENG18-15
T3DETRY, ThomasBEL18-14
T3TANIHARA, HidetoJPN18-14
5HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-13
T6PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-12

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