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Paul Casey & Peter Hanson share lead

World number nine Paul Casey, searching for his first European Tour win since 2009, powered into a share of the lead after the Volvo Golf Champions third round on Saturday.

The Briton cruised to a six-under-par 66 to tie with Swede Peter Hanson (67) on 16-under 200 in the inaugural event at the Royal Golf Club.

Britain’s Darren Clarke and South African James Kingston carded matching 67s to take joint third place on 201 while Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (69) was fifth on 202.

Casey, without a European Tour victory since landing the flagship PGA Championship title in May 2009, bagged four birdies and an eagle in his round.

“I just need more of the same (tomorrow) and to play like I did today,” he told reporters. “I gave myself lots of opportunities and took care of my own game.

“I will go out there, have fun, enjoy it, try and post five or six under, something like that, and we’ll see if that’s good enough.”

Hanson won twice last year to earn his first Ryder Cup cap but predicted a difficult day on Sunday in his bid to claim the stunning crystal trophy.

“I am expecting a tough day especially when you have players like Casey and Darren Clarke also in contention,” said the Swede who reeled off three birdies and an eagle in five holes from the seventh.

“I have to say I’m very happy with the way I fought around this course. I made some really good putts today … so I’m feeling good standing over the putter.”

Former British Open champion Todd Hamilton, an early starter, enjoyed a brief spell at the top of the leaderboard after firing a course-record equalling 64 for an 11-under tally of 205.

The American picked up eight birdies including a chip-in from off the green at the par-four 15th and spurned the chance to take the outright record when he could only par the ninth, his final hole.

“Given the calm conditions the course was very much there for the taking this morning,” Hamilton told Reuters. “The greens were very receptive and also still pretty slow.

“I knew coming down the last that the course record was 64 so given it is a par-five I thought I had a good chance of a 63 or maybe even a 62.”


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