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Saturday, 17 August 2019
Erik van Rooyen  (Getty Images)
Erik van Rooyen (Getty Images)

Thomas Pieters continued his love affair with the D+D Real Czech Masters as he posted a brilliant 66 on day three to take a one shot lead into the final round.

There was plenty of low scoring as several players made big moves on Saturday.

Here is everything you need to know from the third round at Albatross Golf Resort.

Six of the best for Pieters

Belgian Thomas Pieters knew he had work to do if he was going to catch leader Edoardo Molinari after carding a birdie, a par and a bogey in his first three holes. And he made it look easy, picking up six shots in the next six holes courtesy of four birdies in a row from the fourth and an incredible eagle at the ninth, which nearly gave the fans at Albatross Golf Resort an albatross to celebrate.

Anything you can do...

Playing partners Erik van Rooyen and Jack Singh Brar began the day five shots off the lead but set about closing that gap from the word go. Momentum was with the pair as they both fired birdies at the first and second - and seeing their balls disappear into the holes seemed to spur them on, as they both also birdied the short third. Singh Brar remained on the birdie trail, getting another at the fourth before watching Van Rooyen pick up further shots at the fifth and sixth. And when both men took advantage of the long ninth to reach the turn in 31, they briefly joined Molinari at the summit before he had started his round. After closing his round with back to back birdies, South African Van Rooyen is three shots off the lead, with Englishman Singh Brar another stroke back.

Molinari's blistering bonus birdie

With Saturday's early starters making birdies galore on the front nine, the pressure was on halfway leader Molinari to get off to a fast start when he teed off in the afternoon. After settling for pars on the first and second holes, the Italian looked likely to have to make do with another - at best - after sending his tee shot at the short third onto the bottom level of the green, some way from the hole. But he raced his birdie try towards the cup and, much to his delight, it went in...


Karlsson makes huge ninth look easy

Robert Karlsson has spent this week rolling back the years, showing he is still competitive on this stage less than three weeks shy of his 50th birthday. And he was rolling in a tremendous eagle putt at the longest hole on the European Tour this season on his way to a Saturday 67 which leaves him just two shots off the lead heading into the final round. He is pleased with his week's work so far. He said: "I’m just playing my game, that’s all I’m worried about at the moment. The other players can be 50 or 35, there’s not too much difference to me. I’m just trying to put my game together as well as I can."

Glovely stuff

Hugo Leon gave the crowds around the 18th green something to cheer about as he made a brilliant birdie at the last. But one young fan was still celebrating after Leon has finished his round after the Chilean gave him his glove...

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1PIETERS, ThomasBEL18-19
2ARNAUS, AdriESP18-18
T3PAVAN, AndreaITA18-16
T3HORSFIELD, SamENG18-16
T5SCHWAB, MatthiasAUT18-14
T5JOHNSTON, LiamSCO18-14

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