Frenchman Levy shoots 63 to go four clear at BMW Masters

Sat Nov 1, 2014 5:24am EDT
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By Andrew Both

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - American-born Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his brilliant form when he carded nine-under-par 63 and surged to a four-stroke lead after the third round at the BMW Masters on Saturday.

Levy, the son of two pharmacists, conjured up a special formula of his own to rattle off nine birdies for a 22-under 194 total with one round left on the rain-softened Lake Malaren course.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson (62), boosted by a late eagle, vaulted into second place on 18-under, with German Marcel Siem (65) another stroke behind in third place.

Halfway leader Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot 73 to plunge nine strokes off the pace.

Levy, 24, seeking his third victory of the season on the European Tour, improved to 40-under in his past five rounds of stroke play (including two at the Portugal Masters which he won), an impressive achievement notwithstanding the ideal scoring conditions at both events.

"I played an amazing round," the world number 74, who was not even ranked in the top 300 at this time last year, told reporters.

"I was not surprised but it was fun. It's true I am confident and I need to enjoy this moment and do my best tomorrow and try to do the same job."

Levy said he enjoyed 'target golf' -- the type played on soft courses where players can aggressively fire at pins in the knowledge the ball will stop quickly.   Continued...

Alexander Levy of France tees off on the 14th hole during the third round of the BMW Masters 2014 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai November 1, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song