Holland's Joost Luiten tees off on the 5th during day two of the Wales Open golf tournament at Celtic Manor, Newport Wales Friday Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Nick Potts/PA)
Nick Potts/PA
September 20, 2014
Holland's Joost Luiten tees off on the 5th during day two of the Wales Open golf tournament at Celtic Manor, Newport Wales Friday Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/ Nick Potts/PA)
Nick Potts/PA

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) Joost Luiten birdied three of his closing four holes in a 6-under 65 for a two-shot lead on day three of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

The three-time European Tour winner came from a stroke back at the start of Saturday's third round to overhaul Ireland's Shane Lowry and move to a total of 14-under 199 in ideal scoring conditions on the Twenty-Ten course.

The 28-year-old Luiten arrived in Wales having finished fifth in his defense of last week's KLM Open title and is now primed to become the first Dutch-born winner of the Wales Open.

Lowry shot 68.

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