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Thornton, Van der Walt, Chapellan lead at Najeti Open

The Canadian Press

6/15/2013 11:59:18 AM

SAINT-OMER, France -- Simon Thornton of Ireland shot a 6-under 65 to share a one-stroke lead with Tjaart Van der Walt of South Africa and Baptiste Chapellan of France after the third round of the Najeti Hotels Open on Saturday.

Thornton made two eagles, including a hole-in-one on No. 11, three birdies and a bogey for a 4-under 209 total. Chapellan shot a 69, while overnight leader Van der Walt had a 71.

Seve Benson of England shot a 70 to move into fourth place, one stroke ahead of Max Glauert of Germany, Chris Lloyd of England and Victor Riu of France, tied for fifth at 211.