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THONGCHAI SETS BAD EXAMPLE; Jaidee leads Euro Open pack GOLF.

Thongchai Jaidee will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the European Open after a birdie-filled 64 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

The 45-year-old from Thailand posted four birdies in a five-hole stretch along the back nine to set the clubhouse target at 13 under in Germany.

Pelle Edberg is one of three players lurking one shot back thanks to a round-of-the day 63.

Jaidee reached the turn in 31 but briefly lost his advantage to Ross Fisher when he bogeyed the 10th and the Englishman holed a 30-foot birdie at the 11th.

But he returned to form with back-to-back gains at the 12th and 13th with another pair from the 15th.

Jaidee said: "I've played solid golf all three rounds but today I putted much better.

"You have to have good tee shots here as the greens are tricky. I enjoy playing this course and my game is good right now.

"I'm confident and I hit a lot of good shots. The course is not very long so being in position is important.

"I've been confident with my irons and I've got a good score. Seven under is very good for me today. I've not had seven under for a long time."

Consecutive blemishes from Fisher at the 15th and 16th saw him drop back into a tie for second alongside Swede Edberg and Graeme Storm, who would have held a share of the lead had it not been for a dropped shot at the last.

Mikko Ilonen and Jamie Donaldson both recovered from an opening-hole bogey to card four-under 67s and join Magnus Carlsson two off the pace, with Soren Kjeldsen and Peter Uihlein in a tie for eighth on 10 under.

Overnight joint-leader Charl Schwartzel carded two doublebogeys in the space of three holes just before the turn to slide down the leaderboard, dropping into a group on six under after his four-over-par 75.

The South African is joined seven shots off the pace by German Max Kieffer, on a run of 22 consecutive cuts made this season, and veteran Bernhard Langer, who posted three gains on his back nine.

Meanwhile, Scots Peter Whiteford (70) and Scott Jamieson (71), each at four under par, look to be out of contention as they head into today's final round trailing nine shots off the lead.

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HIT AND MISS Leader Jaidee (right) and Fisher (left)

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 27, 2015
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