September 22, 2018 / 5:03 PM / 3 months ago

Golf - Australian Herbert takes two-shot lead in Portugal

FILE PHOTO: Golf - The 147th Open Championship - Carnoustie, Britain - July 21, 2018 Australia's Lucas Herbert in action during the third round REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo

(Reuters) - Australia’s Lucas Herbert will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters after carding a seven-under-par 64 at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on Saturday.

Herbert’s score of 19-under in Vilamoura, his best after 54 holes on the European Tour, put him ahead of Englishman Tom Lewis, who struck his lowest European Tour round of 61.

Herbert had a one-shot lead after the first round and found himself in a three-way tie for first place after day two with England’s Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher, who had carded the first sub-60 round in European Tour history.

The Australian had five birdies to turn in 30 on Saturday and got two more — on the 11th and 15th — before a bogey on the par-three 16th and a birdie on the penultimate hole.

Pepperell signed for three-under and a share of third place with Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, while Fisher was a further shot back in a group of three in fifth after a two-under 69.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who will represent Europe at next week’s Ryder Cup, returned a three-under for a share of 27th place in a group with eight other players on nine-under.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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