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Perth, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Thorbjorn Olesen fired a 5-under 67 in Saturday's third round to take a 3-shot lead into the final day of the ISPS Handa Perth International.
Olesen, who held the first-round lead along with Australian John Wade, finished 54 holes at 16-under-par 200, three shots ahead of Sihwan Kim. Olesen has one win on the European Tour, which came at the 2012 Sicilian Open.
"It's been a couple of years since I won, so definitely I'll feel the nerves," said Olesen. "I've been in contention in big tournaments and I know how it feels. But it'll be great to get that victory, so it'll definitely be on my mind. I just want to be out there tomorrow, be aggressive and have fun."
Kim, who needs to finish second or better this week in order to keep his tour card, shot his third straight round in the 60s at Lake Karrinyup Country Club with a 3-under 69 and he is alone in second place at 13-under 203.
After eclipsing the course record with a 9-under 63 on Friday, a day after the mark was set when Olesen and Wade shot 64s in the first round, James Morrison also carded a 69 and he is in third at 12-under 204.
Peter Uihlein (65) is alone in fourth at minus-11, while Richard Green (70) and David Drysdale (71) are tied for fifth at 10-under 206.
Second-round leader Peter Whiteford, who also needs to finish second or better to keep his card, struggled on his way to a 3-over 75 and he is tied for seventh at minus-9.
Beginning the day one shot behind the leader Whiteford, Olesen vaulted up the leaderboard with three birdies in his first four holes on one, three and four. Olesen made the turn at minus-3 after making five straight pars to finish off his front nine.
It was more of the same on the back nine as Olesen extended his lead to six shots when he made birdies on 11, 12 and 14. A bogey on No. 15 was Olesen's first and only blemish on the day. He closed things out with a trio of pars from No. 16 to take a 3-shot lead going into the final round.
"I tried to go out there and be aggressive like I did the first two days, but I didn't have the game today," Olesen said. "I didn't feel good -- I was struggling out there. I made some great up-and-downs to keep it going. It was a fight all the way through, but I still had fun and I was fighting all the way. Five-under is a great score today."
Kim was slow out of the gate with five pars and a bogey on No. 6. He got that shot back with a birdie on No. 7, but another bogey on No. 9 put Kim back above par.
The back nine was where Kim made his move as he rattled off back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11, getting him into red numbers on the day for the first time. Kim cut Olesen's lead to two shots when he made an eagle on the par-4 14th and a birdie on the par-5 15th.
A pair of pars on 16 and 17 were followed by Kim's third bogey of the day on No. 18, dropping him three behind the leader after 54 holes.
After going bogey-free on day two, Morrison made five pars in a row before making two bogeys in a three-hole stretch from No. 6 to go along with a birdie on No. 7.
Making the turn at plus-1, Morrison ripped off five birdies in a six-hole stretch from No. 10, with a bogey coming on No. 13. Morrison made three straight pars from 16 to end his round.
NOTES: Through three rounds, there are only five players above par for the week, with four more at even par ... Olesen's best finish of the season came at the Qatar Masters, where he ended tied for third ... Jason Dufner (69), playing in his first event since withdrawing from the PGA Championship with a neck injury, is tied for 19th at 7-under 209 ... Kim has never won on tour, while Morrison has one victory at the 2010 Madeira Islands Open BPI.
10/25 04:16:36 ET
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