Tyrrell Hatton takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the BMW PGA Championship after a score of 69 on Saturday.
Despite bogeys at the par-four third and 15th holes, Hatton made three birdies and an eagle at the 12th to move to 14 under for the tournament and capitalise on poor outings for Shane Lowry and Matt Fitzpatrick.
Lowry, the 2019 Open Championship winner, sits in a tie for fourth after a double bogey at the ninth put him on course for 74 for the day, while Fitzpatrick shot a four-over 76 to fall to joint-10th with Pablo Larrazabal and Masahiro Kawamura.
Victor Perez and Joachim Hansen are each three strokes behind Hatton, having carded 70 in their third rounds, while Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, David Horsey and Patrick Reed – who managed the only bogey-free round of the day – are a shot further back.
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“It felt like a fairly slow day at times and the eagle on 12 kind of kick-started it,” Hatton said to Sky Sports.
“The bogey on 15 was a bit of a low blow, to be honest; I didn’t feel like the tee-shot deserved to be in there, but all week the tee-shots haven’t bounced at all. But nice to finish with a birdie on the last.
“It would be very special [to win]. It’s been a goal of mine to hopefully win this tournament. I just have to try not to get too far ahead of myself.”
Fellow Englishman Jordan Smith enjoyed a special moment on the second, sinking a perfect nine-iron hole-in-one, a day after David Howell aced the 14th.
He will go into Sunday’s play at six under par after finishing his third round with a 71.