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Grace leads China Open

Branden Grace is in position for his third victory of the European Tour season, vaulting to the top of the leaderboard at the China Open on Saturday with an eight-under 64 in the third round.

Grace, who won a pair of tournaments in his native South Africa in January, is 18-under par through 54 holes and has a three-shot lead over defending China Open champ Nicolas Colsaerts, who posted a six-under 66 on Saturday.

Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay matched Grace with a third-round 64 at the Binhai Lake Golf Club and is alone in third place at 14-under. Alexander Noren fired the low round of the week with a nine-under 63 on Saturday and is tied for fourth with Ignacio Garrido (67), Marcus Fraser (67), George Coetzee (64) and second-round co-leader Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (70) at minus-13.

Gary Boyd, who shared the 36-hole lead with Gonnet, is six shots off the pace at 12-under after managing only a one-under 71 on Saturday.