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Højgaard sticking to the plan in Birmingham

Højgaard sticking to the plan in Birmingham

Rasmus Højgaard has no intention of changing a successful formula as he heads into the final 18 holes of a European Tour event in the hunt for victory for the second week in a row.

Rasmus Højgaard

The Dane grabbed headlines earlier in the season when he became the third youngest winner in European Tour history at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritus Open and he is already stalking win number two.

The 19-year-old carded a bogey free 66 on day three of the Hero Open, just seven days after finishing second at the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood.

A victory at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club would also take Højgaard to the top of the mini Order of Merit for the UK Swing, and he enters the final 18 holes one shot behind leader Sam Horsfield.

"It feels good," he said. "I'm confident out of the tee box which is very important.

"I trust my numbers with my iron shots now so it's easy for me to commit to the shots out there and it's nice.

"It's always exciting to be in contention. I'm looking forward to it. I just have to keep doing what I'm doing right now and try to shoot a low number tomorrow."

Oliver Farr is another man looking to stick to what he knows as he looks for a maiden European Tour victory.

The Welshman sits alongside Højgaard at 13 under and is hopeful his three victories on the European Challenge Tour will provide him with valuable experience.

"It’s a nice position to be in going into a Sunday," he said. "Played really nicely today, I’m more pleased about that to be honest.

"I try and treat it as another tournament. I played a lot on the Challenge Tour and have been in contention out there. It’s a bit of a step up being on the European Tour, but I’ll try and treat it as another tournament and a position I’ve been in before."

Finn Mikko Korhonen completes the group in second after matching Farr with a 67 on day three.

"I’ve been good off the tee, most of the time and I’ve been putting well," he said. "Making a lot of six-footers and pars.

"I think I just need to hole a few putts and stay on the fairways, that’s pretty much it."

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