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Pepperell takes charge at British Masters, Burmester in the hunt

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England's Eddie Pepperell was in position to win the British Masters for the second time in four years after moving to the top of the leaderboard heading into the final round.

Pepperell holed from 40 feet for a birdie on the 18th at The Belfry to record a third-round score of 68.

At 10 under par, Pepperell enjoyed a one-shot lead over Scotland's Robert MacIntyre and Calum Hill, the Italian pair of Edoardo Molinari and Guido Migliozzo, Poland's Adrian Meronk and South Africa's Dean Burmester.

England's Andy Sullivan and Dave Coupland were part of a four-strong group on eight under, with tournament host Danny Willett and former Ryder Cup team-mate Chris Wood another stroke adrift.

Pepperell was in the world's Top 35 after winning this event at Walton Heath in 2018, but has fallen down the rankings and began the week 210th.

"I think confidence returns quite quickly, although I've been awful to be honest so I don't feel that confident," Pepperell said.

"I've still got things going on in the swing that I can feel aren't where they once were and can cause me aggro, so the game still feels difficult.

"I remember the game feeling easier when I was playing better a few years ago. That's what I'm trying to get back to and I'm confident I will."

Leading third round scores in the British Masters at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England, on Friday (GBR and IRL unless stated, par 72):

206 - Eddie Pepperell 70, 68, 68

207 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 69, 73, 65; Robert MacIntyre 71, 66, 70; Guido Migliozzi (ITA) 68, 72, 67; Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 71, 72, 64; Calum Hill 67, 70, 70; Adrian Meronk (POL) 70, 72, 65

208 - Justin Harding (RSA) 69, 69, 70; Andy Sullivan 69, 71, 68; Matthias Schwab (AUT) 66, 75, 67; David Coupland 71, 69, 68

209 - Danny Willett 69, 72, 68; Chris Wood 69, 72, 68; Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 70, 71, 68; Jordan Smith 71, 69, 69; Richard Bland 68, 69, 72

210 - Ashun Wu (CHN) 73, 71, 66; Andrew Johnston 71, 71, 68; Julien Guerrier (FRA) 72, 66, 72; Clement Sordet (FRA) 68, 74, 68; Louis de Jager (RSA) 68, 72, 70

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