Italian Open: Matthew Fitzpatrick remains one lead after three laps

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Matthew Fitzpatrick is looking for his sixth European titleItalian Open third-round leaderboard-13 M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -12 K Kitayama (USA); -11 R MacIntyre (Sco); -10 M Wallace (Eng), B Wiesberger (Aut); -9 S. Kjeldsen (Den); -8 J Wang (Kor), A Rai (Eng), A Johnston (Eng); -7 A Pavan (Ita), E van Rooyen (SA), G McDowell (NI) Selected others: -6 D Willett (Eng); level J Rose (Eng); +1 L Westwood (Eng) Full scoreboard

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick played three of the last four holes to maintain a one-off lead with one more lap at the Italian Open in Rome.

The 25-year-old-old from Sheffield, sixth in the rankings of the European Tour to Dubai, carded a three-under 68 to reach 13 under in the Olgiata Club.

The American Kurt Kitayama is second, with Scot Robert MacIntyre third on 11 below after a bogey-free 64.

World number five Justin Rose had seven bogeys in a 78 and was shot up at 13 drift.

Rose, who started week 31 in the European money list, was only three back & night, but couldn't register a bird in round three and slipped into a share of 51.

World number 31 Fitzpatrick, looking for his first title of the season after three runner-up finishes, was one for his round after 12 but an approach to five feet gave him a birdie on the 13th and he finished excellent, including a 25-foot putt on the 16th.

MacIntyre, the 23-year-old world number 99 from Oban, is in his first season on the European Tour and has three second place, the most recent of which was at the European Open last month.

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, the highest ranked player in the race to Dubai, left in the field with leader Jon Rahm absent and open champion Shane Lowry missed the cut, had five birdies in the last seven holes and shares the fourth with the fourth man on the money list, Matt Wallace, who also shot a 67.

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