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Chris Wood at the 92nd PGA Golf Championship in 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Chris Wood at the 92nd PGA Golf Championship in 2010. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

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Chris Wood played rather conservatively all day Saturday, shooting a one-under 69 to increase his lead after three rounds of the Iberdrola Open.

Wood entered the clubhouse at nine-under 201, four shots better than anybody else at Pula Golf Club. He has an excellent chance to post his first European Tour win after recording his second career 54-hole lead.

He previously led after three rounds of the 2010 BMW PGA Championship, but recorded a 77 on Sunday to finish in a share of sixth. Wood nearly captured the Africa Open earlier this year, but lost a playoff to reigning British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen.

Wood entered the day with a three-shot lead and had only two birdies and a bogey to stay atop the leaderboard comfortably the entire afternoon.

Shane Lowry made the biggest move of the day, tying Gregory Bourdy's course record set on Thursday with a seven-under 63. Lowry moved into a share of second at minus-five with Darren Clarke, who recorded his second straight even-par 70 on Saturday.

Course designer Jose Maria Olazabal moved into fourth with a four-under 66, putting him at minus-four for the tournament.

Bourdy (67) shares fifth with Scott Jamieson (69) and David Lynn (71).

 


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