ATZENBRUGG, Austria — Joost Luiten of the Netherlands shot a 5-under 67 Saturday, extending his lead to three strokes heading into the final round of the Lyoness Open.
Holding a one-shot overnight lead, Luiten bogeyed two of his first five holes. He recovered with seven birdies to finish at 16-under 200, three strokes ahead of Spanish pair Jorge Campillo (66) and Eduardo de la Riva (69).
Luiten is in contention for his second European Tour title.
“I like to be in front,” said Luiten, who won at the Iskandar Johor Open in 2011. “Before I won in Malaysia, I had been up there a couple of times, but I couldn’t finish it off.”
Thomas Bjoern of Denmark had a 64 to join Romain Wattel of France (69) at 11 under. Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (69) and Paul Waring of England (72) were another stroke back.
Defending champion Bernd Wiesberger had three bogeys on his back nine for a 72. The Austrian dropped to 29th, lowering his chance of reaching the top 10, which could earn him a berth at the U.S. Open next week.
“My putting wasn’t what it should be,” Wiesberger said.