European Tour

Defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick sank a 40-foot putt for birdie on the 18th to end the European Masters third round on Saturday with a 2-shot lead in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

The 24-year-old Englishman had five birdies and an eagle in a 7-under 63 for a 14-under total of 196, two ahead of France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera (64).

Doug Ghim, the American former top-ranked amateur, had a 67 to join a five-man group on 10 under, including Ashun Wu of China who fired a second straight 65.

Matching Fitzpatrick’s 63, Gavin Green of Malaysia moved to 9 under.

Overnight leader Hideto Tanihara of Japan is 6 shots behind Fitzpatrick after a 1-over 71.