Wales Open: Joost Luiten takes lead at Celtic Manor

Joost Luiten
Joost Luiten birdied the last two holes to take the third-round lead at Celtic Manor
Wales Open third-round leaderboard
-14 Luiten (Ned), -12 Lowry (Ire), -11 Havret (Fra), Jaidee (Thai) -10 E Molinari (Ita) -9 Webster (Eng), Warren (Sco), Fleetwood (Eng) Selected others: -8 Donaldson (Wal) -3 Westwood (Eng) -2 Bjorn (Den)
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Dutchman Joost Luiten holds a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

A six-under-par round of 65 ensured the 28-year-old moved to 14 under par and took over from Shane Lowry (-12) at the top of the leaderboard.

Ireland's Lowry shot a three-under-par 68 to remain in contention but missed a birdie putt on the 18th to narrow Luiten's advantage.

Jamie Donaldson is the leading European Ryder Cup player on eight under par.

Fellow team members Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn had mixed rounds.

Westwood shot a three-under-par 68, including an birdie, eagle finish, but Bjorn's struggles continued as he could only manage a level-par 71.

Shane Lowry
Overnight leader Shane Lowry saw his one-shot lead overhauled despite a third round of 68

Stephen Gallacher missed the cut after shooting six-over-par in the first two rounds.

Luiten, who was considered for a Ryder Cup wildcard by European captain Paul McGinley, started the day one shot off the lead.

He holed from 10ft for a birdie on the first and 30ft on the third before finishing with back-to-back birdies on the closing two holes.

It was a continuation of form for Luiten, who finished fourth in the Italian Open, the last qualifying event for the Ryder Cup, and fifth in his defence of the KLM Open title on home soil last week.

"If you had these last couple of events counting for Ryder Cup qualification maybe I have a chance," he said.

"But you know when the date ends and the qualification stops and you have to play well before that and I didn't do that.

"I'm just happy that I'm playing good again and just want to keep going again."

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