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Kaymer, Canizares share lead at Austrian Open

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Martin Kaymer and Alejandro Canizares will share the lead heading into the final round of the Austrian Open as they both look to end a seven year winless run on the European Tour.

Canizares has led since an opening 67 at Diamond Country Club and a 70 on "moving day" took him to nine under in his quest to be the 2021 Race to Dubai's first wire to wire winner.

Kaymer is a two time major champion but his last win was his emphatic 2014 triumph at the US Open and he carded a third round 69 to join the Spaniard at the summit.

German Maximilian Kieffer was at eight under after a 68, a shot clear of American John Catlin, who carded a 71.

According to the European Tour's official website, Canizares' last victory was at the 2014 Trophee Hassan II, and the two time European Tour winner has had to come through the last two Qualifying Schools, winning in 2018.

Catlin was two over for his round after 11 holes but birdied the 12th, 15th and last to sit a shot ahead of England's Daniel Gavins, South African Jacques Kruyswijk and Dutchman Joost Luiten.

German Nicolai von Dellingshausen fired the lowest round of the week with a 65 to sit at five under, one ahead of local favourite Matthias Schwab, Englishman Marcus Armitage, Australia's Austin Bautista, South African Garrick Higgo and Frenchman Adrien Saddier.

Leading third round scores in the European Tour's Austrian Open at the Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria on Saturday (GBR/IRL unless stated, Par 72):

207 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 68 70 69, Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 67 70 70

208 - Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 72 68 68

209 - John Catlin (USA) 68 70 71

210 Joost Luiten (NED) 71 70 69, Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 68 72 70, Daniel Gavins 69 74 67

211 - Nicolai von Dellingshausen (GER) 74 72 65

212 - Austin Bautista (AUS) 74 67 71, Matthias Schwab (AUT) 71 75 66, Garrick Higgo (RSA) 72 71 69, Adrien Saddier (FRA) 71 72 69, Marcus Armitage 73 69 70

213 - Richard Mansell 69 71 73, Justin Walters (RSA) 71 68 74, Jeff Winther (DEN) 69 73 71, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 70 72 71, Shiv Chawrasia (IND) 72 68 73, Dale Whitnell 74 71 68, Wil Besseling (NED) 72 71 70

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