DP World Tour: The Soudal Open final round has Ryan Fox one stroke ahead of Sam Horsfield

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Source: Skysports

DP World Tour: Ryan Fox earned a one-shot lead over Sam Horsfield heading into the fourth round of the Soudal Open on the DP World Tour.

The New Zealander birdied five of his final eight holes on his way to a five-under 66 at Rinkven International GC, putting him at 11 under par and setting a clubhouse target that was never met.

Fox will play Horsfield in the final round after the Englishman shot a two-under 69. Yannick Paul of Germany is two strokes back in third after a birdie-birdie finish maintained his hopes of a first DP World Tour win alive.

“I played really solid on the back [nine],” Fox said. “I didn’t really miss a shot, to be honest and holed a couple of putts. I hope I’ve figured something out after a couple of scrappy drives early in the round and it felt pretty good from that tenth hole on, so hopefully I can take that into tomorrow.”

Fox was even par for the day until he holed a 15-foot birdie at the 11th, the first of back-to-back birdies for the two-time DP World Tour winner, who then backed that up with another 15-foot birdie at the 15th by picking up strokes on both of his final two holes.

Horsfield produced three birdies in a four-hole stretch starting on the third hole, then replied to bogeys on the seventh and ninth holes by converting from 10 feet at the 11th, putting him two clear, before continuing a run of pars with a magnificent scrambling save on the 18th to stay at 10 under.

“It [the performance] wasn’t the best,” Horsfield said. “I made some really silly mistakes and I definitely had a lot of adrenaline running through me, so I was hitting some shots that were going so far.

“I know Foxy really well, he’s a great dude, so it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be really good to battle with him. He definitely hits it far, so there will definitely be some long drives and hopefully, we’ll play well and have some fun.”

Fabrizio Zanotti’s round-of-the-day 65 moved him into a tie for fourth place with Marcel Schneider, Oliver Bekker, and Ireland’s Niall Kearney, while overnight leaders Matti Schmid and Dale Whitnell are on seven under after third-round 72s.

Andy Sullivan and Paul Waring of England are four strokes down going into the final day, while home favourite Thomas Pieters, the highest-ranked player in the field, is tied for 35th on three under after a level-par 71.

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