Hole-in-one helps Perez lead European Open by one point | Sports


WINSEN, Germany (AP) — A hole-in-one helped Victor Perez take a one-shot lead in the final round of the European Open on Saturday with a chance of claiming a second title in as many weeks.

The Frenchman, winner of the Dutch Open last weekend, shot a 1-under 71 thanks to a great start at Green Eagle, a birdie on the par-4 first hole and a hole-in-one on the second par-3.

Perez went from two behind overnight leader and playing partner Jordan Smith to one ahead of Joakim Lagergren of Sweden (71) and Julien Brun of France (71).

Lagergren led by two on the 15th but double bogeyed on the 16th and dropped another shot on the final hole.

Brun led the pack after birdies on the 15th and 16th, but he doubled up on the 18th after finding water, leaving Perez leading the standings at 5 under.

Lagergren and Brun were 4 under, and Wil Besseling of the Netherlands (70) and Li Haotong of China (71) were 3 under.

Smith hit a 5 of 77 and dropped four shots behind.

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