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Hanson hoping to clinch Swedish hat-trick

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  • Peter Hanson takes one-shot lead into final round of Mercedes-Benz Championship
  • He is hoping to become third successive Swedish golfer to win on European Tour
  • The 31-year-old cards five-under-par 67, the equal best score of the third round
  • He is one shot ahead of Simon Dyson, James Kingston and Soren Hansen
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(CNN) -- Peter Hanson will seek to become the third successive Swedish golfer to win a European Tour event after taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Germany.

Peter Hanson equaled the best round of the day to take the lead at the Gut Larchenhof Golf Club.

Peter Hanson equaled the best round of the day to take the lead at the Gut Larchenhof Golf Club.

The 31-year-old will try to follow in the footsteps of Johnnie Walker Championship winner Peter Hedblom and European Masters champion Alex Noren after carding a five-under-par 67 -- the equal best score of Saturday's third round.

Their compatriot Robert Karlsson was unable to defend his title due to the eye problem that has sidelined him since May.

Hanson was on 11-under 205, ahead of England's Simon Dyson -- the winner of the Dutch KLM Open three weeks ago -- South Africa's James Kingston and the Cologne tournament's 2007 champion Soren Hansen.

"When I stood on the first tee here this week I decided I wanted to get into contention again," Hanson told the European Tour's official Web site.

"That's been my target and both yesterday and today I told myself that if I could card 66 or 67 I could get myself into contention for the final day.

"My birdie on 14 was best. I'm disappointed I didn't make one on 13, so good to get one back on 14. I didn't take a chance on 15 and had a great chance from five feet on the last and didn't take it.

"It's going to be very tight tomorrow. The leaderboard is very packed and it's going to take a very good round to win."

Dyson moved up from his overnight tie for 18th with a 68, while the other two carded 70s.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson (69) and Englishman Anthony Wall (68) were tied for fifth, two shots behind the leader.

England's Chris Wood and Australian Scott Strange, who led at the halfway stage, dropped down after carding 73 and 74 respectively.

Wood, who did not drop a shot in the first two rounds, was tied for seventh on eight under par as he bogeyed his 12th and last holes, having started with a birdie.

Strange bogeyed four of his first 12 holes before regaining composure with birdies at 15 and 18.

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