Huddersfield’s Chris Hanson faces one of the most important rounds of his golfing career today as he takes a one-shot lead into the final 18 holes of the Trophée Hassan II.
A five under par 67 at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam handed the 30-year-old Woodsome Hall Qualifying School graduate a lead on six under for the week.
He tees off at 2pm today, looking to add another solid round to his 72,71,67.
Hanson, who finished fourth in a Challenge Tour event in Madrid last week, has never finished higher than 39th on The European Tour, but carded five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on the par-five 12th to sit just ahead of compatriot David Dixon and Clément Berardo of France.
Having carded three birdies over his first 11 holes, Hanson suddenly found himself leading when his chip on the 12th hit the pin and dropped for eagle.
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And while bogeys at the 13th and 17th followed, Hanson bounced back on both occasions as he finished his third round with a birdie from five feet.
“It’s not something I thought I was going to go out there and shoot, but I played some really nice stuff and took my chances when I got them,” he said.
“I felt I got rewarded for some good golf.
“It was a little bit of a lucky chip – it hit the flag and dropped - but you need those sort of things and hopefully it will set me up.
“I drove the ball really nicely and kept myself in play a lot of the time. From there you can score on this golf course.”