Hassan Trophy: Alejandro Canizares leads by six shots after three rounds in Agadir
Last Updated: 15/03/14 6:07pm
Alejandro Canizares: Solid round of 69 enough for a six-shot lead
Alejandro Canizares fired a 69 to extend his lead to six heading into the final round of the Hassan Trophy in Agadir, Morocco.
The Spaniard, who has held the lead since shooting 62 on the opening day, led playing partner Seve Benson by one overnight but after the Englishman's poor start Canizares was able to put daylight between himself and the field.
As on Friday, Canizares had a quiet front nine matching a bogey at the fourth with a birdie at the next to be out in level par.
Benson was only two back after he dropped a shot at the first but when he gave another back at the 10th Canizares made birdie, doubling the lead in an instant.
Benson then made a horror six at the par-three 12th after he overhit his bunker shot and watched as it trickled agonisingly into the water on the other side of the green, and after taking a penalty drop in the sand needed three more to get down.
Canizares, however, picked up further shots at 13 and 14 to suddenly put him eight in front.
A late rally by Benson, with a hat-trick of birdies from the 15th, limited the damage somewhat but when he gave one back at the closing hole the Spaniard led by a wide margin once again.
"It was tough today, especially on the front nine the pins were difficult to get close to and some even difficult to two-putt," said Canizares, whose previous Tour victory came in the Russian Open in 2006.
"It's a good round, I kept it going. I was a little not so sharp off the tee today, my misses were right quite a bit so I have something to work on but overall I'm happy to shoot a round in the 60s and hopefully tomorrow I will keep it going.
"My idea was to get to 20 under, that was my focus. I was trying to look forward all the time not behind me. It was a pity I started missing some shots right at the end and I could not take advantage of the par fives on the back nine."
Benson's 74 leaves him one in front of third-placed Robert-Jan Derksen, who enjoyed a bogey-free 67, with a group of five players a further shot behind.