Luiten leads Welsh Open by 2 shots

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)
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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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