SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – In challenging conditions, Kevin Stadler shot a 1-over 72 and still managed to extend his lead to four strokes over Victor Riu and Thongchai Jaidee after the third round of the French Open on Saturday.
Leading since the first round, Stadler endured wind gusts and brief showers and made two bogeys and a birdie for a 9-under 204 total.
Riu wasted a solid front nine after the turn with six bogeys to card a 73, sharing second place with Thongchai, who shot 69.
U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer signed off a 70 to move into fourth, six strokes off the lead.
Stadler could become on Sunday the first American to win this tournament since Barry Jaeckel in 1972.