RIFFA, Bahrain (AP) — Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Volvo Champions.
Casey finished a bogey-free round and Hanson dropped just one shot — on his first hole. They were at 16-under 200, while Darren Clarke (67) and James Kingston (67) were another shot back.
The leading eight players were separated by only three shots in the new European Tour event in Bahrain.
Casey and Hanson shrugged off slow starts and made many birdies in the middle portion of the Colin Montgomerie-designed Royal Golf Club course. They both missed putts from inside 5 feet on the final hole.
Miguel Angel Jimenez, back with a new putter after breaking it in two midway through the second round, was in fifth place at 202 after a 69. Another stroke back were Italian teenager Matteo Manassero (66), Johan Edfors (68) and Stephen Gallacher (69).
Casey will try for his first win since the 2009 BMW PGA Championship.
"I just need to play like I did today," the No. 9-ranked Casey said. "I gave myself lots of opportunities."