Stadler widens lead at French Open

Kevin Stadler during Saturday's third round of the European Tour's 2014 Open de France.

Despite failing to break par Saturday, Kevin Stadler widened his French Open lead to four shots as wind gusts and rain showers inhibited the field at Le Golf National.

Stadler shot 72 to slip a notch to 9 under, one birdie at No. 10 overshadowed by a bogey on each nine. But his lead grew by a shot as his closest pursuer, Victor Riu, struggled with six bogeys on the back nine on his way to a 73. Thongchai Jaidee shot a 2-under 69 to pull even with Riu in second.

A day earlier, Stadler said he feels like the course suits him well. That theory was difficult to interpret amid Saturday's difficult weather.

Should he wrap up the wire-to-wire victory, Stadler would become the first American to win the French Open in 42 years. Barry Jaeckel claimed the French Open title in 1972.

Martin Kaymer, the reigning U.S. Open champion, shot 70 to move into solo fourth at 3 under. Matthew Baldwin and Bernd Wiesberger are another shot back.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell is among five players T-7 at 1 under.

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