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Damien McGrane takes the lead in the Dutch Open

AP , ZAANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS

Ireland's Damien McGrane birdied his last four holes to shoot a 7-under 64 on Saturday and take the lead in the Dutch Open at the end of the third round.

Australia's Richard Green played a course -- and Dutch Open -- record with a 9-under 62. It came just hours after he completed his rain-delayed second round and narrowly made the cut.

McGrane has a three-stroke advantage as he goes into the final day seeking his first title on the European tour.

McGrane bogied the first hole, but made up for it with eight birdies on the day.

"I got myself around the lead and pressed on and the birdies kept coming my way," he said. "Tomorrow is another big day for me and I'm hoping for the same again."

Fellow Irishman Peter Lawrie, also looking for his first win, was tied for second place with France's Jean-Francois Remesy and England's Simon Dyson, who has improved each day.

Green credited his record round to a minor alteration in his putt, and said the tight course and rainy conditions showed off his strengths as a player.

"I played just as good as I can play today, nine birdies and no mistakes," he said."Just one little thing needed to click and it all fell into place for me."

Green finished the day four strokes back, along with Christian Cevaer of France, and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen.

Play was halted for the third consecutive day due to thundershowers, but the Dutch weather service forecast sun for yesterday.

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