Martin Kaymer makes move in Spain as Connor Syme slips back

Former world No.1 shoots stunning 69 at Valderrama

Connor Syme is in a share of eighth place. Picture: Octavio Passos/Getty Images
Connor Syme is in a share of eighth place. Picture: Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Former world No.1 Martin Kaymer closed to within two shots of the lead after firing a stunning 69 on day three of the Andalucia Masters but Scotland’s Connor Syme dropped off the pace after a round of 76.

Two-time major champion Kaymer counts Real Club Valderrama among his top three golf courses in the world and he was able to tame it on another windy day, shooting three birdies and a solitary bogey to return to level par and sit alone in second place behind leader John Catlin.

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Syme, pictured, had been in a share of second place overnight but his five-over-par round saw him drop to joint eighth, six behind Catlin.

Catlin had led by as many as five shots on the back nine but finished his round with back-to-back bogeys to slip to two under par.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson was another shot behind Kaymer on one over following his third-round 73, alongside Lorenzo Gagli, who made a brilliant hole-in-one from 203 yards at the par-three 12th.

Kaymer, who is looking for his first victory since winning the 2014 US Open, came into the day five shots behind Catlin after posting successive 72s on Thursday and Friday.

He started brightly, making birdies at the first and fifth before dropping his only shot of the day at the seventh.

The German then rolled in from around six feet for another birdie on the long 17th before saving par at the last to head into the final round in a strong position.

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