Larrazabal drops off the pace
Pablo Larrazabal's bid for a third European Tour title got off to a start as miserable as the weather in the third round of the KLM Open.
Larrazabal shared the overnight lead with fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez at Kennemer Golf Club in Zandvoort, but ran up a triple-bogey seven on the first hole when play resumed on Saturday in strong wind and driving rain.
That dropped the 30-year-old, who has missed the cut in his last six events since finishing fourth in the Irish Open in June, back to six under par, but he was not alone in struggling on the tough opening stretch.
Jimenez rescued a par on the par-five third with a superb pitch after topping his third shot from the middle of the fairway, but the 49-year-old did bogey the third after missing the green.
At eight under par Jimenez shared the lead with France's Julien Quesne, who had opened with four straight pars, with three-time champion Simon Dyson a shot behind after a bogey on the fourth.
Ireland's Shane Lowry and England's Ross Fisher had been among the early starters who enjoyed slightly more favourable conditions before the weather deteriorated, the pair making the most of it to move to within two off the lead.
Lowry had gone to the turn in 32 before dropping a shot on the 12th, while Fisher had gone out in 33 and started the back nine with two consecutive bogeys followed by two straight birdies.
A wild drive cost Larrazabal another shot on the fifth but he made the most of being allowed a free drop from heavy rough on the seventh to make an unlikely birdie on the par five.
At six under he was only two off the lead now shared by Quesne, Jimenez and England's Oliver Fisher, who had celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday with a round of 65.
Fisher had also birdied the seventh after almost reaching the green in two and narrowly missed another birdie chance on the next.
A sizeable crowd was braving the conditions and home favourite Joost Luiten gave them something to cheer as he joined the leaders on eight under par.
Luiten, who won the Lyoness Open in Austria in June, had bogeyed the opening hole but chipped in for a birdie on the sixth and also picked up shots on the ninth and 10th.
That briefly made it a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard, only for Fisher to bogey the 10th after fluffing his pitch into a greenside bunker.