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Brits dominate proceedings in Valencia

ESPN staff
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Marc Warren hit six birdies in his third round at the Parador de El Saler course © Getty Images

Marc Warren shot to the top of the Open de Espana leaderboard after carding a four-under-par 68 to sit eight-under-par overall, two shots ahead of fellow Scot Craig Lee as the Brits were the stand-out performers in round three.

Warren succeeded with a series of tremendous up-and-downs as his short game thrived in windy conditions at the Parador de El Saler course, but Lee could have closed the gap if it had not been for a poor finish to his round.

Lee suffered successive bogeys at the 16th and 17th to taint an otherwise-flawless third round, which dropped him back two shots off the lead carding a three-under 69.

"I played well early on and manged to get a couple of birdies," Lee said. "But the end was difficult with the wind and I threw a couple (of shots) away.

"It is always frustrating (to end poorly). There were a couple of easy up and downs and I did not quite make the most of them.

"But I am delighted with the position that I am in; the game is pretty good and pretty steady."

David Horsay hit the round of the day, shooting a six-under-par 66 to move within three shots of Warren's lead, while English compatriot Paul Waring also sits at five-under after shooting a three-under-par 69.

Elsewhere, overnight leader Peter Uihlein dropped two shots after shooting a 74, and Sergio Garcia hit three birdies and a solitary bogey to card a two-under 70 and move one-under-par overall.

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