DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (NWN) – Joachim B. Hansen and Francesco Laporta, players outside the top 150 in the world and a win between them on the European Tour, share the lead in the final round of the Dubai Championship.
Hansen came up and down for par from a greenside bunker at No 18 and shot 5-under 67 in the third round on Saturday to cross 19-under overall in the next-to-last event in the 2021 season.
The Danish players were soon joined by the lead of Italian Laporta, who scored 67 in par-5, a long way from the front of the green.
211th-ranked Laporta is looking for her first European Tour title, while 170th-ranked Hansen’s only win on the Tour came last season’s Joburg Open.
Both players started the day with second-round leader Antoine Rosner and each posted six birdies – three on the front nine and three on the back.
“It was great from tee to green, the best I’ve ever played,” said Hansen, whose only big mistake on the 18th when his second shot from the fairway went to the left and settled on a kart track, Which led to him pitching. straight into the bunker.
“Overall, 5 under is a good score but it could have been much better.”
A shot back features defending champion Rosner, who extended his advantage by hole-out for the par-4 third-placed Eagle and dropped his first shots of the week with a double-bogie 7 to number 7. After making a birdie in the last, the Frenchman scored 69 runs.
“In the end, it’s not a disaster,” Rosner said. “I’m still in the mix and everything is in place until tomorrow. That’s what I wanted when I started this tournament.”
Kalle Samuja alone is fourth – after a two-shot lead – after 68, while Tommy Fleetwood (68) and Min Woo Lee (66) still have three strokes to spare.
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