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Wood and Fleetwood in the hunt

ESPN staff
May 3, 2014
Chris Wood has carded three rounds in the 60s at Laguna National © Getty Images

Englishmen Chris Wood and Tommy Fleetwood both put themselves in position to win a second European Tour title at The Championship at Laguna National.

Wood, who made his breakthrough at the Qatar Master two years ago, and Fleetwood, victorious at the Johnny Walker Championship eight months later, carded third rounds of 68 and 69 respectively in Singapore.

Bristolian Wood moves to 13-under par and will go into the final round just three off leaders Anders Hansen and Panuphol Pittayarat, with Fleetwood a shot further back.

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"I was disappointed to drop my first shot of the week on the 16th," Wood said. "I've hit a lot of greens this week. That is the longest stretch I have gone without dropping a shot [51 holes]."

A late hat-trick of birdies saw Denmark's Hansen, playing just his fourth event since a six-month absence with a wrist injury, join Pittayarat tied at the top on 16-under.

Hansen picked up shots at the first and eighth to move within three of the lead, before another birdie at the long par-5 15th was followed by a 25-footer at 16 and a tidy two on the par-3 17th.

"I'm very pleased," said the three-time European Tour winner. "I didn't hit the ball that great today but I made a couple of good putts on the last few holes.

"I hit a lot of greens but I just didn't hit it as close as I have done the last couple of days. It was nice to finish with those three birdies - it was a little more windy today so it was more tricky. It was a great finish.

"Everytime you are up there you have to be pleased so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I love competition and I love playing under the gun - it gets your attention."

The 21-year-old Pittayarat holed four birdies but dropped only his second shot of the week at the 17th after missing the green to the left.

"I came into this week missing three straight cuts on the Asian Tour this season," said Pittayarat, who has led at the end of all three rounds this week. "My performance so far has definitely given me a boost in confidence.

"Whatever happens happens tomorrow. I will just try and play my own game."

England's Nick Dougherty, who made his first cut in a European Tour event for two years, carded a one-over par 73 to fall back to four-under par overall.

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