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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2007, 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
Hansen storms into European lead
Soren Hansen
Hansen is chasing his first Tour win since 2002
-10 S Hansen (Den)
-8 R Rock (Eng)
-7 N Fasth (Swe), P Hanson (Swe), G Havret (Fr), P O'Malley (Aus)
Selected others
-6 C Montgomerie (Sco), S Wakefield (Eng), G McDowell (NI)
-5 S Khan (Eng), St Webster (Eng), P Archer (Eng)
-2 P Harrington (Ire)
Level D Howell (Eng)

Denmark's Soren Hansen fired a stunning third-round 63 to take a two shot lead going into the final day of the European Open at the K Club in Dublin.

Hansen had six birdies and two bogeys in his opening 14 holes before finishing with three straight birdies after putts of 15, 40 and 12 feet.

England's Robert Rock is alone in second on eight under while Niclas Fasth is in a group three off the lead.

Colin Montgomerie carded a one-over 71 and is on six under.

The Scot's bid for a first victory since 2005 faded with two late bogeys.

Simon Wakefield and Graeme McDowell are in the same group with Montgomerie while Padraig Harrington had a mixed 69 to end up on two under.

It is the second time in successive weeks Hansen has led after three rounds.

Hansen was three ahead going into the final round of the French Open last week but two double-bogeys in the first six holes ultimately cost him his first victory since the 2002 Irish Open.

"Without a win for five years is a long time," said the 33-year-old. "But I will take it one step at a time because last week I was sitting here saying the same thing.

"I have been close but I just think it is getting harder to win tournaments as time goes on. I have come off a terrible season but now I am playing good golf and putting myself in contention."

Hansen forgot to enter this month's Open and a victory either at the European Open or the Scottish Open next week is his only route to Carnoustie.

Meanwhile Peter Hanson had the perfect end to his round with a hole-in-one with a six iron at the 173-yard 18th.

The hole is normally a par five but was reduced to a par three this week because of waterlogging after heavy rain.

US Open champion Angel Cabrera ran up a quadruple bogey eight on the fourth as he slumped to a 74 and is close to last on four over.



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