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Keita Nakajima eyes first DP World Tour title with four-shot lead in New Delhi

Keita Nakajima remained on course for a first DP World Tour title as he opened up a four-shot lead heading into the final round of the Hero Indian Open.

The Japanese has four wins on his home tour, topping the order of merit last season, but is playing just his 11th DP World Tour event in New Delhi.

He brought a two-shot lead into the weekend after a pair of 65s and doubled that advantage on day three, carding a 68 to get to 18 under and lead the way from Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Frenchman Romain Langasque.

“One more day,” said the 23-year-old, who spent a record 87 weeks as the world’s top-ranked amateur. “I will try my best. Keep the same tempo, all the same, just keep going.

“I feel very confident in my game. My ball-striking and swing has been pretty good this week.

“I had great experiences in my amateur career, but I’m a professional now. I played the Japan Tour last year and a few other events where I played well, great experience. I’ll just keep going.”

Green carded the lowest round of the day by two shots with a 64, while Langasque shared the lead after turning in 32 but fell behind on the back nine to sign for a 70.

Italian Matteo Manassero and Frenchman Jeong weon Ko were five shots off the lead, two clear of England’s Sam Bairstow.

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