Aussie Lee stumbles at Italian Open

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Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard has grabbed a one stroke lead heading into the final round of the Italian Open after overnight leader - Australia's Min Woo Lee - stumbled at Rome's Marco Simone Golf Club.

Hojgaard shot a six under par 65 to be a shot ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and South Africa's Daniel van Tonder, who carded a five-under-par 66 on Saturday.

Fleetwood had been tied for first on 13 under until dropping back after a bogey on the 17th.

There was also frustration for Lee who dropped back to fifth spot after an even-par 71 left him at 10 under.

Hojgaard, who began three shots off the lead on Saturday, enjoyed a blemish-free day after action got underway early due to a poor afternoon weather forecast.

The 20-year-old was steady through the opening four holes before beginning his rise with birdies at the fifth, seventh, 11th and 12th.

An eagle at the par four 16th ensured he would end the day at the head of the field.

"I'm really happy," said Hojgaard, who is hoping to emulate twin brother Rasmus and become a European Tour winner.

"I wanted to get up and down on the 18th to post 14 under but I'm really happy with minus 13.

"I would really love to win. Seeing Rasmus win is a big motivation. I'm just trying to follow in his steps a little bit."

Fleetwood, who is hoping to find some form ahead of the Ryder Cup following a moderate season, picked up five birdies in eight holes from the ninth.

For a third day in succession, however, he suffered frustration on his penultimate hole of the day, this time taking four at the par-three 17th.

Van Tonder's position might also have been better but for a bad finish. The South African carded six birdies but then bogeyed the par-five 18th.

Australia's Lee faltered on Saturday after setting the early pace and grabbing the first halfway lead of his flourishing European Tour career with opening rounds of 64 and 68.

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