European Masters: Richard Bland three shots behind leader Scott Hend

Richard Bland
Bland is chasing his first European Tour title
Third-round leaderboard
-13 Hend (Aus) -12 Noren (Swe) -10 Bland (Eng) -9 Ilonen (Fin), Canizares (Spa), Johnston (Eng), Langasque (Fra) -8 Drysdale (Sco), Fritsch (Ger) Green (Australia)
Selected others: -5 Westwood (Eng) -4 Fitzpatrick (Eng) -3 Willet (Eng) +1 Lawrie (Sco)
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England's Richard Bland slipped to third at the European Masters and sits three shots behind leader Scott Hend.

Bland, 43, who was tied for the lead overnight, carded a one-under-par 69 in round three to go 10 under, with Sweden's Alex Noren second on 12 under.

Englishman Andrew "Beef" Johnston is in a four-way tie for fourth, while Scotland's David Drysdale is eight under after the day's best round of 64.

Defending champion Danny Willett is 10 shots behind Hend after a par 70.

Bland, searching for his first European Tour title, managed just two birdies on Saturday and had a bogey on the par-five 14th.

Englishman Lee Westwood, one of three wildcard picks for Europe's Ryder Cup team for this month's tournament, is eight shots off the pace after four birdies in a three-under-par 67.

His Europe team-mate Matt Fitzpatrick recovered from an early bogey to post a four-under 66 and go four under overall.

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