Joost Luiten did excellent business on Saturday on the third day of the Frans Open. De Bleiswijker ran the best lap of the field and made a giant leap in the rankings.
The 33-year-old Luiten went around in 65 strokes, six under par. With that he got the best score together with the Englishman Sam Horsfield.
Luiten disappointed on Friday with a round of 76 and only just made the cut. A day later came to no less than eight birdies. He did hit a double bogey on the thirteenth hole.
Because of his excellent lap, the Zuid-Hollander brought his total score to 210, three under par. With that he climbed from the shared 67th to the shared nineteenth place.
The leadership after the third day is in the hands of Nicolas Colsaerts. The Belgian is on a total score of 200 and starts the final round on Sunday with a three-stroke lead over George Coetzee from South Africa.
Luiten hunts on ticket for HSBC Champions
Luiten hunts for the French Open on a ticket for the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. He has that in his own hand as he is currently in a good position in the Race to Dubai with a 29th place.
He has to be in the top thirty after Sunday to be allowed to start at the HSBC Champions, a tournament that is part of the World Golf Championships.