Finally happy with putter, O'Hara ties Fisher for lead on Czech Open Day 3

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Stephen O'Hara made seven birdie putts on Saturday to storm up the leaderboard.
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Series: European Tour

Steven O’Hara of Scotland shot a flawless 7-under 65 Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Czech Open. O’Hara made seven birdies to join Oliver Fisher of England (68) at 10-under 206.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India shot a 64 for a share of third place with Gary Boyd (70) of England and Mikael Lundberg (68) of Sweden, who are two shots back.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez designed the course at the Prosper Golf Resort, which is hosting the Czech Open for the fourth straight year.

“I’ve been guilty of changing my putter every other week in the past, but I’ve found one I like and I’m in a good groove on the greens now, so I think I’m just going to stick with it,” said O’Hara, who is aiming for his first career European Tour victory.

Fisher, also winless so far, had an eagle on the 11th.

“I had a lot of fun out there,” Fisher said. “It’s where you want to be, not struggling to make the cut.”

Earlier Saturday, Lundberg completed a 68 to take a short-lived, one-stroke lead after the rain-delayed second round.

Anthony Kang of the United States shot a 69, six strokes behind the leaders.

O'Hara had a quiet start to the week before storming up the leaderboard with seven birdies in his blemish-free third round while Fisher joined him later on.

An eagle at the par-4 11th was the pick of the round for Fisher, although he dropped a shot after bogeying the 12th hole.

"I'm really enjoying my golf at the moment, and I've got a great caddie on the bag," he said. "I had a lot of fun out there -- it's where you want to be, not struggling to make the cut.

"It's been a while since I've led a tournament, but I'm holding it together pretty well at the moment," he added. "I'm looking forward to it tomorrow. I've always held my own whenever I've been in contention in the past.

"Obviously I haven't won before, but I've given myself a good chance tomorrow, and that's all I can ask for," he said. "There are times this season when I haven't enjoyed being out there, so I'm going to make the most of it now. I've just got to stay in the present. What will be, will be."

O'Hara was also happy with his performance so far as the 31-year-old looks for his first win on the European Tour.

"I've been making my fair share this week, and my scores have reflected that," he said. "My driving and greens in regulation stats have been pretty good, so if I could just become even an average putter, I probably wouldn't be struggling like I have done.

"I've been guilty of changing my putter every other week in the past, but I've found one I like and I'm in a good groove on the greens now, so I think I'm just going to stick with it."