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Day three digest: 2020 Hero Open

Day three digest: 2020 Hero Open

Everything you need to know from Moving Day at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

Forest of Arden

It was a tale of two nines for Horsfield, Forest of Arden lived up to its name and the French contingent put on a show on day three of the Hero Open.

Here is everything you need to know from Saturday at Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club.

Horsfield flies and falters

Sam Horsfield started the day in a share of the lead but after a blistering front nine of 31 containing five birdies he was six shots clear of his rivals. A three putt on the tenth was quickly recovered from with a birdie but when Horsfield lost a ball off the 12th tee and surrendered a double bogey, the pack were coming back. Another three putt on the 16th was followed by a bogey on the next as the Englishman found the water and he was just one ahead at 14 under after a back nine of 40. "My caddie just said to me coming off the 18th green, 'if someone would have said to you on Thursday you can have a one shot lead going into Sunday, you would take it'," he said. "I've made it a little bit harder for myself from the position I was in but I'm still looking forward to tomorrow, it'll be a lot of fun." Oliver Farr, Rasmus Højgaard and Mikko Korhonen are his closest competition.

Spin to win

Matthieu Pavon had birdied the fourth on days one and two and on Saturday he went one better. An arrow like second flew over the pin and then spun back into the cup for an unlikely eagle. That is some shot.

And he wasn't done there. Nine holes later he did this.

Allez Antoine

Long way away, big break, from the fringe - surely not? The commentators thought it was a big ask but somebody failed to tell Antoine Rozner. A perfect start from another Frenchman.

Bon anniversaire Alex

Concluding our hat-trick of Frenchmen is one of the best of them all. Only Thomas Levet has more wins than Alexander Levy's five among his countrymen and he only turned 30 on Saturday. There is plenty more golf to come from the man who never leaves anything on the tee. Happy birthday Alex!

Can't see the wood for the trees

Trees can play all kinds of havoc on a golf course. Sometimes you get stuck behind one and have to take a risk. Callum Shinkwin did that and had to surrender his club after a brave shot. Not that he was surprised by the result.

Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez was faced with a very different arboreal challenge as he found a large twig behind his ball. With water in play, he also had to be brave and the result was very impressive indeed.

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