Lyoness Open: Joost Luiten extends his lead after third-round 67
Last Updated: 08/06/13 7:11pm
Joost Luiten: hot finish in Austria
Joost Luiten came home in 31 on his way to a third-round 67 and a three-shot lead at the Lyoness Open in Altzenbrugg, Austria.
The 27-year-old Dutchman, who led by a shot overnight, was out in level par 36 but made five birdies in a flawless back nine, including picking up three shots in the last four holes.
That gave him a 16-under-par total, three clear of Spaniards Jorge Campillo and Eduardo de la Riva, with Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (64) and France's Romain Wattel (69) two strokes further back.
Third round leaderboard
GB & Ire unless stated
-16 J Luiten (Ned)
-13 J Campillo (Spn)
-13 E de la Riva (Spn)
-11 T Bjorn (Den)
-11 R Wattel (Fra)
-10 MA Jimenez (Spn)
-10 P Waring
Miguel Angel Jimenez, playing his 602nd European Tour event and having to win to qualify for next week's US Open, is six off the pace after a 69, while defending champion Bernd Wiesberger - who needs a top-12 finish to book his place at Merion - is in a tie for 29th after only managing a 72 to finish five under.
Earlier in the day, Bjorn had charged through the field with the aid of a "bit of a funny" eagle as he moved into contention for a 14th European Tour title.
Bjorn began the third round eight shots off the lead and dropped further back with a bogey on the second, but birdied three of the next four holes to be out in 34.
And the 42-year-old Dane then holed his second shot to the 12th for an eagle two and added four birdies to storm home in just 30 shots.
Luiten pleased with back nine performance
"It was a bit of a funny one," Bjorn said after completing a 64 to set the clubhouse target on 11 under par. I hit my drive on the 12th and the ball flew a bit funny.
"I said to my caddie going up the hole: 'Better change that ball on the next, it flew a bit funny,' so when the second shot went in he said 'Flying funny is it?'
"I was plodding along, playing all right, and then all of a sudden everything clicked into place and I couldn't stop making birdies on the last few holes.
"Patience has been the thing this week, I didn't get much out of the first two days and I stuck with it and tried to grind some scores out and today just let loose."
Bjorn, who was fourth in Sweden last week, added: "I've had some decent weeks now and I came down here with one thing on my mind, which was to win the golf tournament. The first two days was a bit disappointing but I've put myself in with a chance tomorrow.
"I'll be a few behind when we come to the end of the day, you can take advantage of the back nine, but at least I have a chance and that's the most important thing."