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Martin Kaymer moves a shot clear

Last year’s French Open winner Martin Kaymer is poised to make it back-to-back victories at the National course after edging one stroke clear in Saturday’s third round.

The 25-year-old German looked set to trail overnight leader Alejandro Canizares before the Spaniard collapsed with two late double bogeys.

A level-par 71 for a nine-under 204 aggregate left Kaymer a stroke in front of Canizares (73) and Briton Steve Webster (70).

Canizares, son of former Ryder Cup player Jose Maria, held a three-shot lead going to the 16th but found a hazard at the par-three hole and then hit his approach into a lake at the 18th.

“It was tough to see Alejandro finish like that,” playing partner Kaymer told reporters. “You want to lead but you don’t want to see that.

“I didn’t play well but I kept it together. To win twice here would be awesome.”

Kaymer, who was reprimanded for wearing a Germany soccer shirt in last week’s BMW International final round in Munich, was delighted to hear his country had beaten Argentina 4-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa.

“I was one over par after a few holes when my caddie told me we were winning 1-0, then when I made a birdie on nine I heard it was 2-0. It kept me hanging in there, I’m sure,” he said.

A thunderstorm delayed the start for more than four hours before Canizares took early control with two birdies in the first three holes.

However, after his late mistakes the Spaniard will need to regroup if he is to claim his second title.

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