Turkish Airlines Open. Li Leads.

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Li Haotong of China leads the Turkish Airlines Open after 54 holes.Li leads the way in Turkey   Li/getty

Li shot a third round -8 under par 63 to lead the Turkish Airlines Open by three strokes going into the final round tomorrow, with a -17 under par total. Earlier this year Li held off the challenge of Rory McIlroy to win the Dubai Desert Classic, and is now looking forward to the challenge of Justin Rose;

“I really want to win this week and play my best tomorrow.”

“Especially at a Rolex Series event. It’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to going against Rosey.”

“I definitely got a lot of confidence from Dubai and since then I’ve been playing a lot of big events which has built my confidence, also.”

Justin, England, -2 under 69 today shares  second place with Alex Levy of France, who carded a third round -5 under 66, both players at -14 under par for the tournament.

Justin came from behind to win last year, so it’s deja vu;

“Now I’ll have an objective, I can’t change today so the position I’m in is the position I’m in. It’s not a bad position.”

“Of course, it could have been better. Going into tomorrow, I’m in a good spot.

“At the start of the week, you might have said, ‘you know what? I’ll chance my luck and take that and see how Sunday pans out’.

Alex is feeling confident and is putting well;

“I like the golf course. I like to play aggressive. For sure tomorrow I will need a low one but I will stay patient and try my best.” 

“I think I played good golf today, I really enjoy it, I really enjoy to hit the shots. I holed some nice putts, so I was most pleased today by holing putts.”

“When you make putts, you build confidence. That’s the difference.”

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