England’s James Morrison handed the lead to Australian Richard Green with a desperately disappointing start to his Alstom French Open third round today.
One ahead overnight on 10-under-par after back-to-back 66s, Morrison found the lake on the short second and ran up a double-bogey five.
Green then sank a 14-foot birdie putt at the par-five third to move to 10 under, with Morrison back to eight under and then compatriot Mark Foster and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen one further back.
World number four Martin Kaymer, winner two years ago, birdied two of the first four holes, but bogeyed the 208-yard eighth to slip back to joint 12th place on three under.
Colin Montgomerie, who at halfway still entertained hopes of the top-five finish he wants to qualify for The Open the week after next, fell back to one over and 37th with dropped shots on the eighth and 11th.
There is another chance next week, however, in the Barclays Scottish Open at Castle Stuart in Inverness, although the field is much stronger there – the world’s top two Luke Donald and Lee Westwood being joined by Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington.