Larrazabal leads Avantha Masters, still behind schedule after more fog

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Pablo Larrazabal produced an up-and-down round Saturday, but finished with an eagle on his final hole.
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Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011 | 11:37 a.m.

Pablo Larrazabal held the clubhouse lead at the end of the third day of the Avantha Masters at DLF Golf and Country Club on Saturday. The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India.

While fog continued to dog the tournament with another 90 minutes' play lost on Saturday morning, Larrazabal fired a 6-under-par 66 to take the third-round clubhouse lead.

2011 AVANTHA MASTERS

The second edition of the Avantha Masters is co-sanctioned by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India.

Spaniard Larrazabal fired four birdies in five holes before dropping a shot at the 12th, but he regained the shot at 14th and finished with a flourish as he reached 11 under par in the Indian capital thanks to an eagle at the par-5 last.

England's Robert Coles was also 11 under with two holes of his third round remaining as a result of the fog.

"I have been working very hard on all the aspects of the game that you need these days to succeed,” said Larrazabal. “Not just the golf, but you have to be physically and mentally fit and I have been working hard on all of it.

"I have been seeing the results -- I finished 11th in Abu Dhabi and that was good for the confidence, but now that I am in this position with a great chance to win going into the final round,” he added. “Tomorrow will be a big test to show me exactly where I am because it will be a tough day with a lot of pressure. I hope that the work that I have done over the winter is going to really show up tomorrow."

Coles also enjoyed an eagle when he managed to drive the par-4 15th.

"This is why you play the game -- to get into contention to win tournaments,” he noted. "I'll have all the emotions going tomorrow -- nerves, excitement, everything, and I just hope that I can give a good account of myself and play well because I have a great chance to win."

Home hopes are led by SSP Chowrasia and Sujjan Singh on 10 under, alongside Argentina's Rafa Echenique.

Jeev Milkha Singh, the leader after 36 holes, is 9 under with five to play, along with U.S. Open runner-up Gregory Havret, first-round leader Robert-Jan Derksen, Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and Thaworn Wiratchant, and Filipino Angelo Que.

Eight groups were unable to complete their third rounds, and they will resume at 8:00 a.m. local time. There will be no redraw for the fourth round, which will start at 8:25 a.m.