Ole­sen is out on his own

Dane will take a seven-shot lead into fi­nal round in Turkey

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT - By Adrian Back @aidy­back adrian@7days.ae Adrian Back is at the Turk­ish Air­lines Open cour­tesy of Turk­ish Air­lines

Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen could af­ford to bo­gey the last and still ex­tend his lead to seven shots af­ter three rounds of the Turk­ish Air­lines Open.

The Dane started the day lead­ing by six and de­spite drop­ping two shots was still able to pull away from the rest of the chas­ing pack af­ter card­ing a three-un­der round of 68 to leave him on 18-un­der.

Mean­while, Eng­land’s David Horsey, China’s Li Hao­tong, Amer­i­can David Lip­sky, Mat­teo Manassero of Italy and Aus­tria’s Bernd Wies­berger will all be hop­ing to shoot low to­day in or­der to try and put Ole­sen un­der pres­sure and deny him a fourth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle. Also hop­ing they can cap­i­talise on any mis­takes from Ole­sen on the fi­nal day will be Thai­land's Thongchai Jaidee who is on 10un­der along­side South Africa’s Ge­orge Coet­zee who con­tin­ued his roller-coaster tour­na­ment card­ing a round of 66 to go with rounds of 64 and 73. “I felt a bit ner­vous when I went out be­cause I’ve never been that many shots clear,” said Ole­sen. “I’ve never had a seven-shot lead so it’s a bit of a weird feel­ing but I know it won’t be easy. “There’s a bunch of guys there and it’s pos­si­ble to shoot a re­ally low one out here. “So I’ll stay ag­gres­sive and keep plug­ging away. “There’s still 18 holes left and I re­ally have to stay con­cen­trated out there and stay in my own lit­tle zone.

“This is the Fi­nal Se­ries and it’s a mas­sive event and ob­vi­ously it would be great to win it.”

De­spite his size­able ad­van­tage there could yet be some nervy mo­ments for Ole­sen who came into the tour­na­ment at Reg­num Carya Golf & Spa Re­sort hav­ing made just three of his last 12 cuts.

The 26-year-old did see his lead re­duced to four at one point dur­ing the third round but three con­sec­u­tive birdies from the 14th saw him move away from the rest of the field. There was a bo­gey on the 18th but that did not pre­vent Ole­sen from se­cur­ing the largest 54-hole lead of the sea­son so far.

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