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Thorbjørn Olesen opens up two-shot lead in Thailand

Thorbjørn Olesen opens up two-shot lead in Thailand

Thorbjørn Olesen will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the 2023 Thailand Classic after firing a flawless 64 on Saturday.

The Dane began the day three shots off the lead but made four birdies on each nine on Moving Day to reach 18 under par and take over at the top of the leaderboard.

The 33-year-old has made a strong start to the 2023 campaign, finishing in the top 20 in all three of the events he has played so far.

And he will bid to convert that fine form into a seventh DP World Tour title in Sunday's final round.

His countryman Nicolai Højgaard and Germany's Yannik Paul were Olesen's nearest challengers on 16 under, with Joost Luiten another shot further back in solo fourth.

Olesen opened his third round with a birdie at the first before picking up another shot from around 15 feet at the third.

A beautiful approach into the sixth set up another birdie there, and he holed from ten feet at the ninth to close the front nine with his fourth gain of the day.

After making another birdie from around ten feet at the tenth, Olesen gave himself a good eagle chance on the 11th but had to settle for a third straight birdie.

And he made it four in a row at the 12th before pulling off a good par save on the 13th to keep his card clean.

Olesen then got his eighth birdie at the par-five 15th, having reached the green in two from a fairway bunker and two-putted.

He continued to give himself chances on the way home but parred the final three holes.

Olesen said: "I think overall it was a pretty good round. 

"I didn't get in a lot of trouble and at some of the par fours and par fives I hit it pretty close and could two-putt for birdie.

"I made it fairly easy today for myself, which is nice. It's not always like that."

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