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Golf - Larrazabal maintains lead after third round at Leopard Creek

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By Reuters

MALELANE, South Africa (Reuters) – Pablo Larrazabal will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club after carding a solid 70 in hot and breezy conditions on Saturday.

The Spaniard, seeking his fifth victory on the European Tour, and first since 2015, offset three bogeys with five birdies to maintain his overnight advantage as the chasing pack battled to make up ground.

Larrazabal’s 11 under-par total puts him three ahead of Dutch player Wil Besseling (70) while South African Branden Grace (71) is a further shot back.

This year’s Alfred Dunhill Championship has made history by being the first-ever European Tour event to allow players to wear shorts due to the extreme heat in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, yet Larrazabal has been one of the few who has chosen to stay in long trousers.

(Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Ian Chadband)