Fitzpatrick retains Italian Open lead

Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off on the fourth hole in Rome

Matthew Fitzpatrick tees off on the fourth hole in Rome

The top shots and big talking points from the third round of the Italian Open near Rome, where Matt Fitzpatrick's strong finish earned him the outright lead for Sunday.

Fitzpatrick's solid par closed out a valiant 68 and leaves him as the man to catch heading into the final day, while Hansen now looks too far back to contend after the Dane dropped three shots over the last five holes as he stumbled to a 74 which dropped him to six under par.

American Kurt Kitayama powered up the leaderboard into second place with a 65, while Scot Robert MacIntyre continued his impressive debut season on the European Tour by firing a 64 to move within two strokes of the lead.

"To put myself one in front going into that gives me a little bit of help".

"Coming down the hill on the 12th it didn't feel like I should be 1 over". "I mentioned as much to Billy [Foster, his caddie] and he told me just to stay patient. That put me back on track and to finish the way I did was great".

An opening birdie from inside 10 feet was the ideal start for Fitzpatrick but he dropped shots at the second and 10th before holing a five-foot putt for birdie at the 13th and sandwiching a long putt on the 16th with gains at the par-five 15th and 17th. He's a shot ahead of Scotland's MacIntyre, who leapt from 18th to third after a bogey-free 64 at Olgiata Country Club.

Matt Wallace (67) and Bernd Wiesberger (67), who have 10 European Tour wins between them, were at 10 under.

It was a disgusting day, though, for Justin Rose, as the former world number one plummeted down the leaderboard with a seven-over 78 in which he failed to make a single birdie.

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