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Canizares remains well clear

Spain's Alejandro Canizares remained on course for a commanding victory midway through the final round of the Hassan Trophy on Sunday.

Canizares held a six-shot lead overnight and extended that to seven shots with just nine holes to play at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir.

The 31-year-old, whose sole previous European Tour victory came in the Russian Open in 2006, bogeyed the second hole to give the chasing pack a glimmer of hope, but then birdied the par-five fifth after a superb pitch to three feet.

His approach to the ninth finished even closer to the hole to set up a tap-in birdie and complete a front nine of 35, taking him to 18 under par and seven ahead of England's Seve Benson.

Benson had three-putted the eighth after opening with seven straight pars, but bounced back with a birdie on the ninth. He was joined in second place by Sweden's Magnus A Carlsson, who followed a front nine of 34 with a birdie on the par-five 10th.

Canizares added further birdies on the 10th and 12th to improve to 20 under par, the target he had hoped to reach during Saturday's third round.

England's Andy Sullivan had moved into second place on 13 under, a front nine of 34 followed by a hat-trick of birdies from the 10th and another from the 15th.