Luke Donald seven shots behind leader Nacho Elvira at the Soudal Open after a 65 in the third round | golf news

Luke Donald shot a six-under third-round 65 to move within seven of the lead at the Soudal Open, where Spaniard Nacho Elvira leads by four strokes after shooting a 67 in Belgium.

Donald raced out of the blocks with six birdies on his front nine, before making three around the corner to bounce back up the leaderboard after going two under par on Friday.

Meanwhile, compatriot Sam Bairstow produced one of the rounds on day three by shooting an eight-under 63 to join Donald on 11 under.

Elvira entered the weekend with a two-stroke lead after a pair of bogey-free 64s and was still unblemished when he shot 32 to lead by five.

There were some spotty swings on the back nine, but he returned home at par despite making his first two bogeys of the week and will reach the fourth round at 18 under, four ahead of English duo Joe Dean and Ross Fisher, the Frenchman Romain Langasque and the Danish Niklas Norgaard.

Elvira’s only DP World Tour victory to date came three years ago at Celtic Manor, when she needed a play-off despite leading by six shots into the final 18 holes, and she was hoping to build on that experience in Antwerp .

“So I was leading by six, I’m leading by four,” he said. “I could have taken three or four more to be relaxed, but this game is fun sometimes.

“I can’t do it as well as I want and to be leading by four, it’s just a strange game. I learned a lot about being patient that day, so hopefully I can continue that on Sunday.”

Elvira was threatening to break away as she started with three birdies and added another at the eighth, but a dropped shot at the 13th halted her momentum.

He got it back on the next and was back five ahead after a birdie on the 17th, but he missed a shot on the last and appeared to be holding his wrist in pain after playing away from a tree root.

Dean was a delivery driver for Morrisons the week before finishing second at the Magical Kenya Open in March, but revealed this week that he gave up the day job and a 66, including two chip-ins, put him in contention for a victory that will change life. .

Fisher, the 2010 Ryder Cup winner, is seeking his first victory in a decade and is well ahead of another Englishman, Andrew Wilson, who remained bogey-free during the week in his 68.

Watch the final round of the DP World Tour Soudal Open in Belgium live on Sky Sports Golf on Sunday from 9am

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