LATEST GOLF: Michael Hoey slips off the pace in Germany

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Michael Hoey is five shots behind the leader, Spain’s Pablo Larrazábal after a third round of low scoring at the BMW International Open.

Hoey birdied three of his last six holes to sign for a three under par 69 which left him tied for 18th at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof near Cologne.

Australian Richard Green carded the round of the day, a 10 under par 62 that gave him a share of second place on 14 under par.

Larrazábal, who has not dropped a shot during the tournament, made just one gain in his first 12 holes but then birdied four of five from the 13th.

The Spaniard, one of four players sharing Friday’s overnight lead on 12 under, had lost his advantage by the time he teed off after an hour and 40 minute delay brought about by the threat of lightning.

Larrazábal, perhaps inspired by having birdied holes 13 to 17 on Friday, almost repeated that feat. Although he could not quite manage that, he moved clear of Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, another of Friday night’s leaders.

Grillo had been outright pacesetter in a congested leaderboard on Saturday, but bogeyed the 12th and last as Larrazábal drew ahead.

Grillo therefore dropped back to a group of six on 14 under, three strokes behind Larrazábal who finished with a 67.

Englishman Paul Casey also made a strong move on Saturday, collecting nine birdies in total to end the day on 13 under par.

Casey, 110th in The Race To Dubai, started the day on five under par, having only made the cut right on the mark after hitting it stiff on the final hole on Friday for birdie and therefore qualifying for the weekend.