Luiten leads in Austria

European Tour

Joost Luiten is a step closer to defending his Lyoness Open title after shooting a scintillating 66 in Saturday’s third round.

The Dutchman’s six-under-par effort put him two shots clear of 2012 champion Bernd Wiesberger, who delighted his home Austrian fans with a 66 of his own at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg.

Joosten took charge on a day where overnight leader Mikael Lundberg would love to forget after he carded a four-over 76.

Lundberg’s trouble started with a double bogey at the third and he would pick up five further bogeys to fall out of contention.

A hugely satisfied Luiten said he anticipated a tough final day challenge from the local favourite who will be banking on his home support base to see him home.

“I know Bernd good, he’s a good player so it will be a very good battle,” said Luiten.

“There are a few more guys behind who are not out of it yet so it’s going to be an interesting day.

“I’m in a good position here so I just want to finish it off tomorrow.”

Meanwhile England’s Adam Gee is in solo fourth after a 70 while compatriot David Horsey jumped up 42 places to tied fifth on five-under after a best-of-the-day 65.

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