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Uihlein of US leads by 3 shots at Wales Open

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NEWPORT, Wales (AP) - Peter Uihlein shot a 4-under 67 Saturday, giving the American a three-shot lead after three rounds at the Wales Open.

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Uihlein had an eagle at the par-5 ninth to go with five birdies in an inconsistent round that included three bogeys. He was at 7-under 206 at Celtic Manor and was followed by Frenchmen Thomas Levet (67) and Gregory Bourdry (70) at 209.

At 210 are Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Joost Luiten and Peter Hedblom. Hedblom had the day's best round with a 66.

Second-round leader Liam Bond of Wales, who lives 10 miles from the course, fell from contention with a 78. Norway's Espen Kofstad, who was second going into the round, shot a 76 and was tied for 23rd place.

It was a bad day for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, whose 77 dropped him from a share of fourth place to a share of 42nd.

Uihlein, who won the Madeira Islands Open this year, was at par for the round after eight holes. He then sent a long iron within 9 feet for an eagle that put him in the lead for good.

He holed a 50-footer for a birdie at the 10th, picked up another stroke at the 14th, saved par from 25 feet at the 16th and got up and down from the sand for a closing birdie.

``I was just solid and was able to plot my way around,'' Uihlein said. ``The wind was tricky sometimes. It would lay down then it would pick up, but it was always from the same direction so you could sort of get a beat on it.''

Levet mixed seven birdies with three bogeys for his 67. Bourdy had four birdies and a double bogey when he hit into the water at the short 13th. Bourdy recovered well after his mishap at the 13th, picking up a shot on 16 and ending the day right in the mix.

``I am quite happy after the end because I had to fight to get pars on 17 and 18,'' he said.

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