The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten took advantage of a hot hand and the floundering of Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg to seize the lead on Saturday at the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Luiten shot a 6-under 66 to surge to 11-under, opening up a two-stroke lead over Austria’s own Bernd Wiesberger, who also fired a 66.
Luiten won the event last year and was in fifth place entering the round. He was 5-under at the turn and shot just one bogey on the day, giving him 13 birdies, 24 pars and one bogey in his last 38 holes.
Luiten plummeted to a tie for fifth at 5-under, six strokes off the leader, after stumbling to a 4-over 76. He fell out of the lead with a double bogey 6 on No. 3, but was only 1-over at the turn. He stumbled down the stretch with four bogeys between No. 10 and No. 17.
Austria’s Wiesberger, currently No. 46 in the Race to Dubai standings, also shot a 66 to reach 9-under for the tournament.
The best round of the day belonged to England’s David Horsey, who fired a 7-under 65 to move from a tie for 47th to tied for fifth with Lundberg and three others. Horsey finished the front nine with five straight birdies, and was within five strokes of the lead before bogeying No. 17.
Spanish Open winner Miguel Angel Jimenez had his best round of the tournament, a 4-under 68 to get to 3-under, tied for 16th. After suffering through three double bogey 6s on Friday, Jimenez turned in a scorecard featuring five birdies and just one bogey.