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Hanson leads Mercedes-Benz golf event

Sept. 12, 2009 at 5:49 PM

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Peter Hanson shot 5-under-par 67 Saturday for a one-stroke lead through 54 holes at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne, Germany.

Hanson could become the third straight Swede to win a European Tour tournament in Sunday's fourth round.

Countrymen Alexander Noren (European Masters) and Peter Hedblom (Johnnie Walker Championship) won the previous two events.

"When I stood on the first tee here this week, I decided I wanted to get into contention again," Hanson told reporters.

His bogey-less third round included five birdies, four on the front nine.

Hanson's total, 11-under 205, leads the trio of England's Simon Dyson (68), Denmark's Soren Hansen (70) and South Africa's James Kingston (70).

All three are at 10-under 206, tied for second place.

Another Swede, 2008 winner Robert Karlsson, did not return this year to defend his title because of an eye ailment.

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