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Pieters leads the way in Prague

17th August 2019, 18:30 by Tom McGarry

Thomas Pieters will take a one-shot into the final round of the Czech Masters after carding a round of 66 on Saturday.

The Belgian, who is chasing his victory on the European Tour since his triumph at the Made in Denmark nearly three years ago, did the bulk of his scoring on the front nine, as he registered an eagle and five birdies, with his only blemish coming at the par-three third.

Pieters did find the going tougher on the back nine at Albatross Golf Club in Prague, as he produced a bogey and just a single birdie, but that was enough to move him to the top of the leaderboard on 16-under-par.

The 27-year-old was certainly pleased with his efforts on day three, particularly his driving, as he felt that laid the foundations for his low scoring on the front nine.

"I think the key to that front nine was the driving," Pieters was quoted as saying by the European Tour website. "I hit it really far and straight so that was presenting a lot of birdie opportunities and a lot of short clubs into the holes."

Spaniard Adri Arnaus is Pieters' nearest rival heading into Sunday's final round, as a round of 65 saw him move onto 15-under, while overnight leader Edoardo Molinari is a shot further back after struggling to a round of 70.

Molinari is joined on 14-under by Hugo Leon, Rikard Karlberg and Robert Karlsson, while Erik van Rooyen and Kristoffer Reitan are a shot further back and very much still in contention.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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