Dutch Open: Emerson holds on to lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

England's Gary Emerson eagled twice in a one-under third round of 69 to maintain a one-shot lead at the Dutch Open on Saturday.

Dutch Open: Emerson holds on to lead

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England's Gary Emerson eagled twice in a one-under third round of 69 to maintain a one-shot lead at the Dutch Open on Saturday. Cool and breezy conditions greeted the golfers which meant low scores were going to be at a premium. Alessandro Tadini, who started the day two shots off the lead in third place, found the going difficult despite a long birdie at the fourth hole. The Italian slipped down the leaderboard after a one-over 71 and was four shots off the pace at five-under. Home favouriteAlso on the same mark was home favourite Maarten Lafeber.The Dutchman was one-over for the day, but a birdie at the 17th allowed him to end with a level par 70 for a three round total of 205. Austria's Markus Brier was alone in fourth place at six-under, which left him in contention for the first prize. He had a double bogey six at the 14th, but recovered to birdie the 15th and 17th for a round of one-under 69. Back on trackEnglishman Paul Broadhurst, one behind Emerson at the start of the day, dropped shots at the fifth and sixth, but he got his challenge back on track with a birdie at the 16th and followed that with another at the 17th. He ended with a 69 which left him in a tie for second place at eight-under, one shot off the lead. Broadhurst shared second spot with Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who shot the best score of the day, a four-under par 66, which included five birdies, one of which came at the ninth hole. Emerson, ranked 298th in the world, had a remarkable round. Spectacular eagleHe began with a spectacular eagle at the first hole when he holed his second shot from 115 metres. That was followed by a bogey at the fifth hole and a double-bogey at the next.But the 41-year-old collected another eagle when he holed a three-metre putt at the 12th. Emerson, who won his first full tour title at last year's Russian Open on a similar wooded course near Moscow, finished with a round of 69 to lead by one stroke with a 201 total of nine-under par. (AP)



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