Date: September 09, 2012

Fraser leading Aussie at KLM Open

Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal carded a six-under 64 on Saturday, giving him a share of a four-way lead at the KLM Open in the Netherlands, with Marcus Fraser the best-placed Australian. Larrazabal, 29, got hot on the back nine in Hilversum and is locked at an overall score of 12 under alongside Scotsman Scott Jamieson, Englishman Graeme Storm and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Sweden&aposs Peter Hanson is in outright fifth, one shot off the pace, while Scotland&aposs Richie Ramsay and England&aposs Danny Willett are tied for sixth at nine under. Fraser sits at seven under and a tie for 10th after a four-under 66, while Richard Green (four under) continued his strong showing. Brett Rumford (three over) was the only other Australian to make the cut but is not in contention. Larrazabal made a good start to his third round but it was far from remarkable, as he birdied one of the first 12 holes and found par on the rest. He stormed home though, with five birdies on the final six holes giving him the equal-best score of the day. Jamieson and Fernandez-Castano also finished well, shooting three birdies on their final four holes, while Storm the overnight leader hit two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine to finish with a 69. Hanson fired two early bogeys but responded strongly to shoot a 67 and remain in contention, while Ramsay and Willett also completed solid rounds. Ramsay matched Larrazabal&aposs score with seven birdies including two hat-tricks from holes three to five and 12 to 14 while Willett carded a four-under 66. Sweden&aposs Henrik Stenson and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts are four shots off the pace at eight under and tied for eighth while German Martin Kaymer who won the event in 2010 is tied for 13th at six under. English defending champion Simon Dyson, who has won the event three times, shot a four-over 74 to slip down the leaderboard and into a tie for 52nd.