Rahm seizes control

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Jon Rahm fired a brilliant six-under-par 65 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the Spanish Open, as he closes in on a third title in his home tournament.

The former world No. 1 carded six birdies in a bogey-free day, edging one stroke clear of playing partner Min Woo Lee of Australia.

The duo both birdied the par-four 18th hole, with Rahm driving the green.

Rahm is hoping to become the first three-time winner of the Spanish Open since Seve Ballesteros 27 years ago.

He is 16-under for the tournament this week.

“I wish most of my rounds could as organized as this one,” Rahm said.

“Hopefully I can play another round like that tomorrow.”

Rahm will play alongside Lee for the fourth straight round as they go head-to-head for the title.

“It’s easy to feed off each other,” Rahm added.

“You know every time one of us is in the fairway there’s going to be a birdie look. You know birdies are coming.”

A group of six players are three shots off the pace in a tie for third, including Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat and overnight co-leader Stephen Gallacher.

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