France’s Wattel Takes Over KLM Lead

France’s Romain Wattel shot his third successive improved round on Saturday to take a 3-stroke lead at the KLM Open in Zandvoort, The Netherlands on Saturday.

Wattel fired a 67 on Thursday, a 65 Friday and a 64 on Saturday to drop to 14-under. He has a 3-stroke lead on Scotland’s Richie Ramsay.

Wattel was at even par through the first five holes, then rattled off three straight birdies. His bogey on 17 broke a 33-hole streak of birdies and pars. He has just three bogeys in the entire tournament so far.

Ramsay fired his second straight 65 to stay within striking distance.The back nine continued to be Ramsay’s domain. He was 3-under in the nine holes with four birdies and a bogey.

Through the first 54 holes, Ramsay has shot a combined 9-under par on the back nine, including his ace on Friday, but just a combined 2-under on the front nine.

Day 2 leader Pablo Larrazabal shot 13 strokes worse on Saturday with a 75 after his course record-tying 62 on Friday. Larrazabal dropped from first to a tie for 13th as a result. Double bogeys on No. 8 and 11 doomed the Spaniard to a rough round.

 

 

 

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