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Antoine Rozner leads by two after superb 68

Antoine Rozner leads by two after superb 68

Antoine Rozner will take a two-shot lead into the final day of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open after firing a third-round 68 in breezy conditions at Mont Choisy Le Golf.

The Frenchman recovered brilliantly from back-to-back bogeys at the first and second on Saturday, carding seven birdies and a single bogey in his remaining 16 holes to get to 14 under par.

Rozner, who narrowly lost out to Rasmus Højgaard in a play-off at this event three years ago, saved his best until last on Moving Day, producing a wonderful tee-shot at the short 17th for a birdie there before closing his round with another gain on the 18th.

Fellow Frenchman Julien Brun was alone in second on 12 under after making six birdies and a solitary bogey in his third-round 67, with South African Oliver Bekker a shot further back in third.

France's Pierre Pineau and Finn Sami Välimäki were in a tie for fourth on ten under.

Rozner began the day in a share of the lead but bogeyed his opening two holes to slip to eight under.

He bounced back with a tremendous birdie from long range on the fourth, with the ball hitting the flag on its way into the hole.

The 29-year-old made it back-to-back birdies at the fifth before picking up another shot on the seventh to move to 11 under.

He dropped his third shot of the day on the tenth but holed matching birdie putts from close range at the 12th and 13th to grab a share of the lead on 12 under.

Rozner continued to give himself good birdie chances on the way home but had to wait until the short 17th for his next gain.

After sending his tee-shot to a few feet and rolling in the putt, he then gave himself a good eagle chance at the 18th but had to settle for a closing birdie there.

Rozner was pleased with his day's work considering the tricky conditions. He said: "It was tough out there. It was blowing a lot more than yesterday. It wasn't easy at all.

"The long game was tough and the putting was even worse, I thought.

"I struggled a little bit. I had a big putt on the fourth that helped me a lot, and made a birdie after that.

"So that helped me get the round going. After that it was very solid for the most part. I wish I could have maybe holed a couple more at the end but it is what it is and one more round to go.

"I feel like I missed a lot of opportunities but I still shot four under, so in those conditions it's pretty good.

"That helps me for the confidence and hopefully I can use that for tomorrow."

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