Elson grabs third-round Saint-Omer lead

LUMBRES, France, June 19 (UPI) -- Jamie Elson made a bid for his first European Tour victory Saturday, shooting a 3-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Saint-Omer Open.

Elson, a 29-year-old Briton, has only one career win in the European Challenge Tour to his credit. He finished 54 holes at 7-under 206, one stroke in front of second-round leader Robert Dinwiddie (even-par 71) and Raphael Jacquelin (66).


Dinwiddie got hot on the back nine, forging a first-place tie with Elston after tallying three birdies in a four-hole span, ending with the 16th. But the top money winner on this year's Challenge Tour missed a short par putt on 18 while Elston parred his final two to fall a stroke behind.

Mark F. Haastrup shot an even-par 71 to share fourth place with Martin Wiegele at minus-4.

Matt Haines (72) finished at 3-under 210, good for sixth place, while Joakim Backstrom (70) was one further back at minus-2.

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