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Denmark's Kjeldsen takes 2-stroke lead at Irish Open as players struggle on wind-swept greens

  • Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lines up a putt on hole 2 during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lines up a putt on hole 2 during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lines playing his second shot on the 9th hole during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen lines playing his second shot on the 9th hole during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen tees off on the 8th hole during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

    Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen tees off on the 8th hole during round three of the Irish Open Golf Championship at Royal County Down, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)  (The Associated Press)

Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark shot a 4-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead Saturday in the third round of the Irish Open.

The 40-year-old Kjeldsen used superior putting to break free of a six-way tie as gusting winds at Royal County Down sabotaged many players' short games.

He rolled a long eagle attempt on the 12th to within 18 inches, settling for his fifth birdie. On the next hole, his curling 30-yard putt for a sixth birdie left Kjeldsen punching the air in jubilation.

But Kjeldsen, ranked 303rd, bogeyed the final two holes to reduce his lead over Rafa Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Maximilian Kieffer of Germany.

Kieffer shot a course-record round of 65, one shot lower than the previous best set in 1939 and matched Friday.