Grace leads in China

by Nick Royle , 21 April 2012

South African Branden Grace leads going into the fourth round of the Volvo China Open after an eight-under-par third round of 64.

He leads Nicolas Colsaerts by three shots in Tianjin, while Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti hit a bogey-free 64 to go into third place.

Grace was five under for the front nine, taking a birdie at the second before two further birdies sandwiched an eagle at the sixth.

He dropped a shot with a three-putt at the 14th but he recovered and birdied three of the last four holes.

Grace, who is looking for a third European Tour win after successes in the Johannesburg Open and the Volvo Golf Champions in January, was pleased by his third round showing.

"I've really hit the ball good," he said. "This year the putting has really been standing out and I'm making a lot more putts.

"I'm really positive at this stage and getting those first two wins under my belt is great - I just want to really push on from here.

"It is hard to believe that I am going for third title of the season. I don't think may people expected me to do that and I probably didn't myself.

"I knew that one win was round the corner but to win two back-to-back was amazing. Now I am looking good for the third at the moment but I have to try and not think about that too much tomorrow and go out there and play the way I have been all week."

South Africa's George Coetzee and Sweden's Alexander Noren share fourth place on 13 under after rounds of 64 and 63 respectively.

Overnight leaders Gary Boyd and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet slipped down the leaderboard. Boyd could only manage a one-under 71 and slipped to a share of ninth place on 12 under, while Gonnet was one shot better off with a 70.

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