Lyoness Open 2017: Felipe Aguilar Tops the Leaderboard After Round 3

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2017

ATZENBRUGG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 10:  (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image.)  Felipe Aguilar of Chile tees off on the 10th hole during day three of the Lyoness Open at Diamond Country Club on June 10, 2017 in Atzenbrugg, Austria.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Felipe Aguilar holds a two-shot lead after shooting 72 in Round 3 of the 2017 Lyoness Open at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, near Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

A bogey on the final hole reduced Aguilar's lead by one, but at nine-under, he still has a commanding advantage over Austrian Sepp Straka, Swede Johan Carlsson and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli.

Round 2 leader Aguilar was in inspired form early on. The Chilean holed this birdie ahead of the turn to open up a four-shot lead, per the European Tour official Twitter account:

This was one of three birdies Aguilar made over the first 14 holes. However, the South American was also guilty of three bogeys, including one at the par-three 14.

The inconsistencies on Aguilar's scorecard meant there was still a chance for others to pinch top spot. Among them, Straka was impressive in patches.

He hit consecutive birdies on the back nine to help cut the gap by a shot:

However, a failure to make even par on the par-four 17th left Straka on seven under. It also meant Aguilar stayed three shots in front of the chasing pack.

Straka found himself in a tie for second with Frittelli, who hit five birdies as part of an impressive round of 68. Yet a brilliant chip by Straka from the far edge of the green put him in a position to take par on the final hole.

The Austrian duly completed the par putt to finish on a creditable 70.

Straka and Frittelli were joined in second by Sweden's John Carlsson. Birdies at the 15th and 17th holes put Carlsson in the mix, but he couldn't repeat the trick on the 18th, falling just short on a birdie putt for a round of 71.

Carlsson, Straka and Frittelli all hoped for a slip from Aguilar, vut the Day 2 leader continued his fine form by sinking another birdie, this one on the par-five 15. A deft par putt on the 16th kept Aguilar in firm control.

Carlsson was successful with a late push for second.
Carlsson was successful with a late push for second.Warren Little/Getty Images

Another well-judged and measure shot let him seal par on the 17th, but Aguilar didn't have things all his own way on the final hole. He dragged his tee shot to the left of the green, setting up an unwanted and difficult approach.

Unfortunately, Aguilar put too much into his chip onto the green, making the putt a long one. A drop shot meant Aguilar finished with a bogey for the second day running.

Even so, Aguilar still maintains a healthy lead ahead of Round 4. Two shots is a solid advantage for the final day.

All Scorecard information per the European Tour official website.