Turkish Airlines Open 2016: Saturday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 5, 2016

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 05:  Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark tees off on the 17th hole during day three of the Turkish Airlines Open at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort on November 5, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Thorbjorn Olesen will take a seven-shot lead into the fourth and final round of the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open after an impressive round of 68 saw the Danish player retain his spot atop the leaderboard on Saturday. 

After shooting a course-record 62 on Friday, Olesen faced a mountainous task in reaching the same standards in the third round, but a positive approach on Saturday nonetheless saw his lead grow.

He sits seven shots in front of England's David Horsey, who heads into the competition's climax as one of six players tied for second. American David Lipsky and Austria's Bernd Wiesberger did their best to close the gap on Saturday and are also joint-second after each recording rounds of 66 on Saturday.

Here's how the leaderboard's top 10 is shaping up after three rounds of competition at the Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey:

2016- Turkish Airlines Open: Day 3 Leaderboard
Pos.GolferTo ParRound 3
1Thorbjorn Olesen-1868
T2David Lipsky-1166
T2Haotong Li-1166
T2Bernd Wiesberger-1168
T2David Horsey-1168
T2Matteo Manassero-1168
T7Thongchai Jaidee-1066
T7George Coetzee-1070
T9Pablo Larrazabal-968
T9David Drysdale-969
T9Joakim Lagergren-970
T9Adrian Otaegui-971
EuropeanTour.com

Visit the official European Tour website to see the2016 Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard in full.

      

Recap

After galloping his way in front of the competition in Belek on Friday, Olesen's charge on the Turkish Airlines Open title continued on Saturday by virtue of his own magnificent display and the fumbling of his opponents.

Seven pars and two birdies on Saturday's front nine didn't quite have the same impact as Friday's exploits, but the 26-year-old's bunker saves like the one witnessed on the ninth assured fans Olesen was in good form:

A bogey on the 10th might have seeded some doubt in his title credentials, but a three-hole streak of birdies between 14 and 16 re-established the void between him and his nearest competition.

As well as birdying six consecutive par threes across Friday and Saturday's play, Olesen ensured his putting stayed true most of all, and it was safe finishes such as that on the 17th that kept him in a place of security:

Lipsky and Wiesberger both made their best runs at the Dane's intimidating lead, but even besting the leader with scores of five under par at the penultimate hurdle was sufficient enough only to make a dent.

The former even reduced the lead to just four strokes at one point in the day, per the European Tour, although a disappointing bogey on the 16th could come back to haunt him come the tournament's close:

Further down the leaderboard, South African George Coetzee also climbed the standings after his 66 put him in joint-third at 10 under par alongside Thongchai Jaidee, who fell five places after only recording 70 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, England's Tyrrell Hatton climbed 13 places into joint-14th after shooting four under on Saturday, but 2015 runner-up Jaco van Zyl saw his tournament all but end after only managing a level-par round, leaving him tied for 71st place.

To date, two strokes is the largest margin by which a Turkish Airlines Open crown has been decided, with Victor Dubuisson having defeated Welshman Jamie Donaldson by that much to clinch the inaugural trophy in 2013.

All signs suggest the record will be blown out of the water three years later, and Olesen is on course to walk his way to the Turkish title unless his enemies can stage an almighty comeback on Sunday.

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