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Lowry and Aphibarnrat hit the front as Colsaerts toils in Turkey

It was a day of toil for Nicolas Colsaerts, as Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat earned a share of the Turkish Airlines Open lead.

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Shane Lowry in action

Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat surged to the top of the Turkish Airlines Open leaderboard as Nicolas Colsaerts toiled on a day of generally low scoring to surrender his strong lead.

Belgian Colsaerts had led by four heading into Saturday's third round following a seven-under 64 on Friday but, as those around him impressed on moving day, he carded a two-over 73 to sit in a tie for third with Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington.

Lowry was rewarded for a day of superb consistency as a blemish-free round of 65, including a streak of three birdies between the 11th and 13th, saw him move to 14 under for the tournament.

Aphibarnrat was also bogey-free at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, his five-under 66 leaving him level with Lowry.

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Major winners Rose and Harrington are ominously poised just two strokes back after each signing for sublime 64s.

Rose was three under for his round by the turn and a streak of four straight birdies between the 12th and 15th boosted his position.

Harrington enjoyed a terrific front nine, which yielded five birdies, and his round could have been even better had it not been for a solitary bogey at the 15th.

Colsaerts was going along nicely at two under through the first nine, but a nightmare double-bogey six at the 11th after he found the water was followed by further dropped shots at 12 and 15.

The big-hitting Thomas Pieters is three off the pace on 11 under, while a cluster of six players are one shot further back.

Further down the leaderboard, Tyrrell Hatton is not among the front-runners but the Englishman enjoyed a grandstand finish by using a wedge to nail a 25-yard putt at the last.

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