Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal didn’t match his sizzling 63 from Friday’s second round at the BMW International Open in Germany, but his 5-under 67 was more than enough to open up a three-stroked lead heading to Sunday’s final round.
Of course, as much as the leader board has changed throughout the first three days in Koln, Germany, no lead is safe, particularly when a full eight players, including two of the best in the world, are all tied for second place, three strokes back at 14-under.
Larrazabal, who has yet to make a single bogey in the entire tournament, was just 1-under through 12, then rattled off four birdies between 13 and 17 to separate himself from the pack.
The eight men tied for second place include Australia’s Richard Green, who started the day in 53rd place, but fired a 10-under 62, the best score of the tournament to date, to move way up.
Green was 8-under on the back nine, featuring a fantastic sequence between No. 12 and No. 17 that went birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie.
Also in the tie are Race to Dubai leader Thomas Bjorn and world No. 2 Henrik Stenson, both of whom shot a 66 on the day to gain one stroke on Larrazabal.
Day Two co-leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Emiliano Grillo are also in the mix at 14-under.
Another eight players are four strokes back at 13-under, including Day Two co-leader Danny Willett of England.