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Romain Wattel leads KLM Open after day three

Romain Wattel climbed to the top of the KLM Open leaderboard after a third-round 64 in Zandvoort on Saturday.

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The Frenchman, searching for his maiden European Tour victory, looks well set to break that duck after opening up a three-shot lead at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club.

Wattel carded seven birdies - several of which were from distance - and dropped just one shot as he carded a round of six-under to move clear of Richie Ramsay.

Pablo Larrazabal, who led at the halfway stage, suffered a dismal third round, including a quadruple bogey on the eighth and a double bogey on 11.

The Spaniard carded a round of five over for the day, and now sits nine shots off the lead with his chance of victory seemingly gone.

One shot behind Ramsay and four behind Wattel is Paul Casey, while Andy Sullivan and Peter Uihlein are tied at nine under, five shots off the lead.

Whilst enjoying his impressive performance, Wattel insists he is not affected by pressure to clinch his first Tour title.

"I was just trying to play as well as I could," he said. "I knew I was playing well the last few weeks, so I just said to myself to play the best golf I could.

"I don't know what the other players will do [on Sunday], the only thing I can do is to do the best I can and concentrate on my own game.

"I played really good. I struggled on the start with a poor tee shot on the first, but then I hit some good shots and got some confidence. The last few weeks, the only thing I've struggled with is the ball flight of my irons.

"This week you have some tough shots, so I really managed to play some strong shots this week.

"I'm not really affected by people saying I will definitely win on the European Tour. I know that if I play good enough I will win one day.

"Maybe that will be [on Sunday], maybe it will be in two years. The most important thing for me is to play some good golf."

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