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Karlsson keeps up his red-hot form

AFP , HONG KONG

Sweden's Robert Karlsson kept up his red-hot form at the UBS Hong Kong Open yesterday, hitting a four-under 66 to lead by four shots, as his rivals tried but failed to catch him.

Karlsson never looked back on his four-shot overnight advantage, with four birdies on the front nine helping him maintain his advantage over a star-studded field.

The smooth swinging Swede's only slip up came at the ninth hole, where a mishit four-iron approach left him 90 feet from the hole.

But the bogey -- his first of the tournament -- was a blip in an otherwise relentless display that leaves him on 16-under going into the final round.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, Karlsson's playing companion, moved into second place with five birdies in a 66 yesterday to sit at 12-under, ensuring they will play together again in the final group today.

South Korea's K.J. Choi is one of four players one further back at 11-under.

The popular Choi shot a 65, which included six birdies, but it could have been even lower after several good chances narrowly slid by on the back nine.

Choi was joined by India's Shiv Kapur who shot a third round 65, and Australia's Marcus Fraser, who did even better with a 64.

Mike Weir, the 2003 US Masters Champion, stayed in contention with a 67 to lie 10-under.

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