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Ian Poulter hits 64 to maintain lead at Hong Kong Open

Third round leaderboard: -19 I Poulter (Eng) -17 G McDowell (NI) -16 S Dyson (Eng) -15 R McIlroy (NI), A Kang (US) -14 JM Singh (Ind), M Brown (NZ)
Selected others: -10 D Clarke (NI) -4 C Montgomerie (Sco)


Ian Poulter
Poulter capped off a fine round with birdies at the last two holes

Ian Poulter will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Hong Kong Open after shooting an impressive six-under-par 64 on Saturday.

The Englishman followed up his amazing second-round 60 by sinking birdies on the final two holes of the third round.

The round of the day belonged to US Open champion Graeme McDowell, who hit 63 to move to second on 17 under while Simon Dyson is a shot further back.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is well placed at 15 under par after a 66.

However it was his compatriot McDowell who was the star of the show on Saturday.

The 31-year-old drove the green at the 10th, which was shortened for the third round to 287 yards, before holing a long putt.

That inspired an impressive back nine that brought consecutive birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th.

With a £265,00 first prize on offer, McDowell is therefore well placed to close the gap on Race to Dubai leader Martin Kaymer, who is skipping the event to prepare for next week's season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The Ryder Cup star was trailing Kaymer by £313,000 going into the European Tour's penultimate tournament.



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see also
Poulter shoots 60 to seize lead
19 Nov 10 |  Golf
McIlroy impresses as Brown leads
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McDowell out to cut Kaymer's lead
17 Nov 10 |  Golf
McIlroy aiming for Hong Kong win
16 Nov 10 |  Golf
McDowell joint third in Singapore
15 Nov 10 |  Golf
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