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Chinese golfer Haotong Li in strong position going into BMW International Open final day

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Chinese golfer Haotong Li goes into the final round of the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in a strong position at the top of the leaderboard and with a chance of beating a longstanding tournament record.

Li shot another round of 67 (-5) to move 20-under-par at the top of the leaderboard. Li now has one eye on bettering the tournament record of 27-under-par, which was set by legendary golfer John Daly in 200.

Despite Li’s strong performance, a number of players remain in striking distance of the 26-year-old. Leading the chase is Belgian Ryder Cup player Thomas Pieters (-17), who trails the leader by just three shots ahead of the final round. Jordan Smith (ENG, -16) tees off tomorrow in third place, followed by Darius van Driel (NED) and Ryan Fox (NZL, both -15, T4). Romain Langasque (FRA, -14) is sixth going into day four.

The best-placed German after 54 holes is Nicolai von Dellingshausen (-13), who shot a round of 66 (-6) to move into a tie for seventh place with Sami Välimäki from Finland and Japan’s Kazuki Higa.

Haotong Li said: “When I won in Dubai, I was playing with Rory and I thought I was trying to finish second that week. There’s no expectations for tomorrow. I still have a three shot lead, but tomorrow will be a tough day. I just need to hang on in there and play my game.”

Second place Thomas Pieters said: “You know people are going to shoot 64 here, so I was getting a bit frustrated after about six or seven holes, because I was only one under and I had to save par a couple of times. It was very nice to shoot 31 on the back nine. I just look forward to a lovely day tomorrow and hopefully a lot of birdies.”

American Billy Horschel said: “Overall, a really strong day of golf. I was a bit disappointed with the back nine after a great first nine holes, but it was a solid move today. With the leader at 20 under, it is going to take something pretty special to have a chance of winning tomorrow.”