Storm in control at KLM Open

Graeme Storm continued his hugely impressive form at the KLM Open as he opened up a five-shot lead during the third round at Hilversum.

Graeme Storm continued his hugely impressive form at the KLM Open as he opened up a five-shot lead during the third round at Hilversum.

The 34-year-old Englishman has led since day one and came into the weekend boasting a three-shot advantage over his nearest challengers Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Sweden's Peter Hanson.

Fernandez-Castano had threatened Storm's lead early on with birdies on the second and fifth today, but he dropped back to level par for the round following a double-bogey at the par-four ninth.

Storm, meanwhile, picked up shots at the seventh, 10th and 12th to move to three-under for the day and 14-under overall.

He had still to drop a shot in the tournament heading into the final six holes of his third round.

Jamieson and Hanson were both one-under midway through their third rounds to remain Storm's closest challenges, five behind the leader, while joining them in joint second place was Scotland's Richie Ramsay following a hugely impressive day.

Ramsay, fresh from claiming the second European Tour victory of his career after winning the Omega European Masters last weekend, was six-under after 16.

Ramsay suffered a poor start as he bogeyed the first, but three successive birdies from the third saw him build momentum and four birdies in five holes following the turn rocketed him up the leaderboard.

Ryder Cup new boy Nicolas Colsaerts was ninth on seven-under after 13 holes, while his European team-mate Martin Kaymer was six-under after 14, both players two-under for the round.

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