China Open: Alexander Levy holds three-shot lead heading into final round
Alexander Levy remains in the driving seat at the China Open with a three-shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.
Last Updated: 26/04/14 3:18pm
Sweeping rain and gusting winds meant that Levy's brilliant second round 62 was always going to be out of reach, but he maintained a healthy lead as he battled through the elements.
His second round 62 had fired the Frenchman into a four-shot lead on Friday, and although he could not repeat that feat a solid round of 70 took him to 16-under for the tournament and good enough for a three-shot lead.
It could have been even better for Levy after three straight birdies early on the back nine, but he dropped two shots with bogeys on 14 and 16 to give the chasing pack a chance.
"My target was to do a good job, like the first two rounds, but it was difficult with the rain coming," said the 23-year-old, who will go for his maiden European Tour victory on Sunday.
"I'm going to play good golf and take some pleasure from the golf course, because it's a very nice course to play. I want to continue to play like I have for the first three rounds and to enjoy the moment.
"I will be nervous, but because you're nervous doesn't mean you can't play well."
Alvaro Quiros shot 68 to close the gap and move to 13-under, and the Spaniard will join Levy in Sunday's final group.
The six-time Tour winner has not claimed a trophy since 2011, but knows he has a good chances despite dropped shots at the 15th and 18th left him further back than he would have liked.
"It has been a tough day, especially with that finish," said Quiros.
"I am three shots back going into the final round but that is nothing in this game. The only thing that I can say is that I am trying with all that I have. Tomorrow I have a chance and that is good to know."
Finland's Miko Ilonen and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood both shot 67 to move to 12-under and 11-under respectively as they lead the rest of the chasing pack.