Scott Hend takes a one-shot lead in to KLM Open final round
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 11/09/16 7:03pm
Scott Hend fired a seven-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in to the final round of the KLM Open.
The Australian, who won earlier in the season at the True Thailand Classic, birdied the last to edge ahead of nearest challenger Nino Bertasio.
Resuming three strokes adrift of midway pacesetter Bernd Wiesberger, Hend recovered from a bogey-five at the second to birdie four of his next six holes and reach the turn in 32.
A gain at the 14th was followed by a four-foot eagle at the next, before the world No 66 finished his round with a two-putt birdie at the last.
"It was just all about hanging in there today, I wasn't really on top of it but I got the most out of it that I could." Hend said.
"The swing felt a little bit off out there today but I managed to hang in there and just stay patient and then I started hitting some really nice shots and that presented me with the opportunity to make some putts.
Hend, who also led going in to the final round of last week's European Masters, moved top of the leaderboard when Bertasio found the bunker and carded a final-hole double-bogey.
The Italian had held a two-shot advantage after mixing four birdies with an eagle during an impressive display in Spijk, only to slip back in to second after making a blotch on his card at the last.
Home favourite Joost Luiten joins English trio Richard Bland, David Horsey and Ben Evans two off the pace, while South Africa's Brandon Stone lies in the group a further stroke back thanks to a round-of-the-day 63.
Nicolas Colsaerts birdied his final four holes on his way to a six-under 65 to get to eight under, with top seed Alex Noren nine strokes adrift following a birdie-four at the last.
Ryder Cup rookie Chris Wood, the only member of Darren Clarke's side in the Netherlands this week following defending champion Thomas Pieters' withdrawal, is one under for the tournament following a one-over 72.
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