Turkish Airlines Open 2017: Day Three

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat share the lead at 14 under par going into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Irishman Lowry built on Friday’s 66 with a third round of 65 to move to the top of the leaderboard along with Thai player Aphibarnrat, who carded a bogey-free 66.

Aphibarnrat has won three times on the European Tour but believes victory at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort would be the biggest victory of his career.

He said: “I really want to win, I just want to enjoy the best moment of my golf career. To be playing well end of the season, to show all the golf fans that come out and support, just want to be myself.”

Lowry has not won since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2015 and admits that finishing first in Turkey would be a significant moment in his career. 

“It would mean a lot,” he said. ”It’s been a while since I've won so I can't really remember what it was like. 

“I just have to get out there tomorrow and play my game and do what I do every day. If it's good enough, it's good enough. If it's not, so be it and that's the way it is.”

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts led by four shots going into the weekend but shot 73 to slip two shots back.

He was joined at 12 under par by Padraig Harrington and Justin Rose, who both carded rounds of 64 to force their way into contention.

Rose, winner of last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions and third in the Race to Dubai, feels Sunday could throw up plenty of surprises in Antalya.

He said: “Everything (the leaderboard) is condensing. You know someone in that pack is going to play well tomorrow. From my point of view, it still means it's a day to be aggressive in mind-set and go and chase it.

“I think there might be a bit of an unknown with some weather tomorrow and there might be some rain in the forecast. We'll just wake up and see what the day gives us, but it's nice to have a chance.”

Belgian Thomas Pieters is sixth on 11 under and last year’s champion Thorbjorn Olesen is in a six-way share of seventh place at 10 under.

Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick are nine under par and 13th, Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood is 27th and Henrik Stenson shot 66 to move to three under par and 37th.

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