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SA's Walters one behind leader Korhonen

Mikko Korhonen produced a big finish to sign for a flawless 67 and take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Shot Clock Masters in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

The Finn earned his stripes on the European Tour the hard way, making 12 trips to the Qualifying School - winning the Final Stage in 2014 and keeping his card in every season since.

He is still searching for a first European Tour win and if he were to do it this week he would make history as the first winner of an event where every player in the field is on the clock for every shot.

Players are penalised a stroke if they do not play their shot in the allotted time, with three-balls getting round Diamond Country Club considerably faster than the season average so far.

Korhonen birdied three of his last four holes to stay bogey-free for the week and get to nine under, one shot clear of England's Steve Webster and South African Justin Walters.

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Local hero Matthias Schwab, 2016 champion Wu Ashun, veteran Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez and Dane Jeppe Pape Huldahl were then two shots off the lead.

“That was pretty good but I didn't feel as good hitting the golf ball today as I did yesterday so I'm very happy with the score,” said Korhonen.

“I'm sticking to my game plan, hitting a lot of fairways. I'm hitting a lot of irons off the tees here, just hitting the middle and taking it from there.

"It's a bit breezier today, the greens are getting harder, the fairways are getting harder, it's a bit tougher. I just need to stick to what I've been doing and hopefully that gets me there.”

Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, English pair Charlie Ford and Ross McGowan, Swede Oscar Lengden and Dane Jeff Winther were four shots off the lead.

Article source: www.europeantour.com


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