Colsaerts takes third-round lead at China Open, thanks to first-hole eagle

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Nicolas Colsaerts carded five birdies and a bogey to go with his opening eagle on Saturday.
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Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011 | 8:24 a.m.

Nicolas Colsaerts eagled the first hole and went on to shoot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a one-shot lead after the third round of the Volvo China Open on the European Tour.

The Belgian added five birdies to go with a single bogey for an 18-under total of 198 at the Luxehills International Country Club in the southwestern city of Chengdu.


This year's China Open is the first to be played in Sichuan Province, and features four major champions.

“I’m pleased the way I played, and it is always nice to get off with an eagle start,” said the 28-year-old from Brussels, who regained his European Tour card last year. “I don’t mind going out in the lead because any advantage you have over the other guys always helps, but there will be some more low scoring out there on the final round, so we’ll see what happens.”

South Korean teenager Han Chang-won was one stroke back after chalking up seven birdies on his way to a bogey-free round of 65.

“I’m a little surprised to be where I am after such a short time as a professional, but I am very pleased to be in a position to win my first pro title,” Han said.

Peter Lawrie of Ireland and France’s Gregory Havret both shot a 68 to lie another shot back in a tie for third, followed by overnight leader Jamie Donaldson of Wales, who shot a 70.

China’s top player, Liang Wenchong, had a disappointing round of 72 to end eight back at 206, while the event’s 2003 winner, Chinese veteran Zhang Lianwei, remained in contention after a round of 70 at 209.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia shot a third round 72 to sit at 205, while 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell was 15 off the pace at 213.

Westwood takes five-shot lead at Indonesian Masters

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Lee Westwood took a commanding five-shot lead after the third round of the Indonesian Masters on Saturday, shooting a second straight 6-under 66 despite a bogey on the last hole in thr Asian Tour event.

Westwood can reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Martin Kaymer with a victory if Luke Donald fails to win the Heritage on the PGA Tour. Donald has a one-stroke lead after 36 holes.

Westwood started with three straight birdies Saturday before dropping a shot on the fourth. He added five more birdies before faltering on the par-5 18th -- which he had birdied in the last two rounds -- for a 16-under total of 200.

“This course is one of the best courses in Asia and the greens were great after last night’s rain,” Westwood said.

Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand and Park Hyun-bin of South Korea were tied for second.