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Li Haotong leads German International Open

Li Haotong has had eagle on the same hole for three successive days as he forged into a three-shot lead in the German International Open.

Starting Saturday with a one-stroke lead, Li was five under for the day and 20 under for the tournament. He would have been further ahead but for a bogey on the 18th.

Li completed the par-five sixth at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in three shots on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday was the pick of the bunch as he hit a 21-metre chip into the hole.

Li has two wins on the European Tour, at the 2016 China Open and the 2018 Dubai Desert Classic.

The latter win made him the first Chinese player to be ranked in the men’s top 50.

Thomas Pieters moved into second with a six-under 66 including an eagle and three birdies on the back nine.

Jordan Smith was one shot further back at 16 under in third place, while Darius van Driel and New Zealander Ryan Fox were another stroke back.

Wade Ormsby, the only Australian to make the cut, was 68th and last in the field after a calamitous 78.

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