A group of four shares the 54-hole lead at the European Tour’s Volvo China Open, including defending champion Alexander Levy and 19-year-old China native Hao-Tong Li.
Levy carded a third-round 71 at Tomson Shangai Pudong Golf Course in China, moving to 8 under for the tournament. The 24-year-old Frenchman is even with Li, Ashun Wu and David Howell with 18 holes to play.
Levy struggled on the back nine during his third round, playing it in 2 over after starting his day with four straight birdies.
“It was the perfect start for me, but after that I got a little bit nervous, because I haven’t played well for three months now so I haven’t been in this position for a while,” said Levy in a European Tour release. “It’s nice to be back at the top of the leaderboard, but I have to get used to it again.
“I’m just really happy to be playing some good golf again, that’s more important than me worrying about winning the trophy again. I’ll need to have a good round again tomorrow, but it’s not easy on this course because you can’t be too aggressive.”
Levy is vying to become the first golfer to win the Volvo China Open twice. Li, who is playing in his second European Tour event in 2015, lost in a playoff to Kiradech Aphibarnrat last week at the Shenzhen International. Aphibarnrat is tied for 25th at 1 under.
Four golfers are two shots back heading into Sunday’s final round, including Richie Ramsay, Prom Meesawat, Magnus A. Carlsson and Seve Benson.