Els finished with a 3-under 69 for the day at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, and shares the 54-hole lead with Alexander Noren (66) and Alexander Levy (68) at 15-under 201.
Thomas Bjorn (65) and Matthew Baldwin (69) were tied for fourth, one shot back at 202. Peter Uihlein shot a 67 and was alone in sixth place at 203.
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