BMW International Open: Haotong Li extends lead to three shots before final round | Golf News
China’s Haotong Li continues to lead the BMW International Open for the third straight day and will head into the final round three strokes ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and England’s Jordan Smith, who remains in contention until Sunday.
Last update: 25/06/22 20:48
The best of the action from day three of the BMW International Open in Munich
Haotong Li took a three-stroke lead with a solid 67 to head into the BMW International Open final in full control.
The Chinese player held the lead at the end of each round in Munich, with his score of 20 under par on Saturday, leaving him three shots ahead of Belgian Thomas Pieters.
Li tied the course record with 62 in a remarkable first round on Thursday, before carding 67 on Friday for a one-shot lead.
Saturday’s third round of 67 gave Li a bigger advantage over the rest of the field. Pieters’ eagle and four birdies allowed him to sit alone in second place, one shot ahead of Jordan Smith.
Li had an eagle on the sixth hole for the third straight day, this time with a 21-yard chip on the hole, finishing five under for the day and he would have had another lead had it not been for a bogey on the 18th.
“Somehow he managed to get in,” he said. “In fact, it’s a lot [more] comfortable than I thought. Quite surprised. It’s just another perfect day for me.”
Li has already won two victories on the European tour at the 2016 China Open and the 2018 Dubai Desert Classic. This latest victory, when he beat Rory McIlroy by one stroke, made him the first player on his country to be ranked in the men’s top 50.
Pieters moved up to second with a six-under 66, including an eagle and three birdies on the back nine. “I’m looking forward to a great day tomorrow and hoping for lots of birdies,” he said.
England’s Smith extended a regular week with his second round of 67, to stay in contention, just four strokes off the lead – while Darius van Driel and Ryan Fox were another stroke back after Van Driel had a successful joint best score of the day with an eight under 64.
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