The Championship: Anders Hansen and Panuphol Pittayarat hold slender lead
Anders Hansen and Panuphol Pittayarat share the lead going into the final day of the The Championship at Laguna.
Last Updated: 04/05/14 9:53am
The duo are tied on 16 under par, with Denmark's Hansen enjoying a strong finish to move level with day-two leader Pittayarat.
Hansen signed for birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to take a five-under-par 67 for the day, with Thailand's Pittayarat three under.
A victory charge is a real boost for Hansen, who is playing in just his fourth tournament following a six-month absence owing to wrist surgery.
"I'm very pleased," he said. "I didn't hit the ball that great but I made a couple of good putts and I hit a lot of greens.
"Every time you are up there you have to be pleased and I am looking forward to tomorrow."
Holland's Robert-Jan Derksen, in his final season, is two shots behind the leaders, sharing third with America's David Lipsky. Gregory Bourdet and England's Chris Wood are next on the board.
"I was disappointed to drop my first shot of the week on the 16th," said Wood. "That is the longest stretch I have gone without dropping a shot (51 holes). I've hit a lot of greens this week."
England's Tommy Fleetwood is one of four players four shots off the pace, being joined by Felipe Aguilar, Terry Pilkadaris and Rahil Gangjee.
Scotland's Scott Jamieson, previously second, had another poor day. After an opening-round 64 he carded a 71 on Friday, with a disappointing 74 on Saturday casting him nine shots of the pace.