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SA's Dean Burmester in the hunt at Italian Open

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English duo Laurie Canter and Ross McGowan both produced big finishes to share a three shot lead heading into the final round of the Italian Open, with South Africa's Dean Burmester three shots adrift in second spot.

Canter entered the weekend at Chervo Golf Club with a two shot lead and three closing birdies moved him to 19 under after a 69 as he looks for a first European Tour win.

But McGowan made gains on three of his last four holes in a 67 that saw him join his countryman at the summit.

Burmester was the closest challenger after a solid 68, a shot clear of Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and German Sebastian Heisele, and two ahead of Spaniard Adri Arnaus and Finn Tapio Pulkkanen.

South Africa's Louis de Jager shot 67 and shares fifth position with four other players.

Leading third round scores in the European Tour's Italian Open in San Vigilio di Pozzolengo near Brescia on Saturday (GBR/IRL unless stated; par 72):

197 - Laurie Canter 60 68 69, Ross McGowan 66 64 67

200 - Dean Burmester (RSA) 64 68 68

201 - Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 68 67 66, Sebastian Heisele (GER) 68 67 66

202 - Adria Arnaus (ESP) 65 70 67, Tapio Pulkkanen (FIN) 67 68 67

203 - Jonathan Caldwell 67 68 68, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 67 68 68, Louis De Jager (RSA) 68 68 67, Martin Kaymer (GER) 69 66 68, Darius Van Driel (NED) 71 64 68

Selected:

208 - Lee Westwood 72 67 69

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