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Finch takes route 66 to one-shot China lead

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  • England's Richard Finch will bid for a third European Tour victory on final day
  • Finch shoots a 66 to lead Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano by one shot
  • Ashley Hall and Mark Brown claim course record with seven-under 65s
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(CNN) -- England's Richard Finch holds a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Volvo China Open in Beijing after a superb six-under-par round of 66 on Saturday.

Finch lines up a putt during his fine round of 66 in Beijing.

Finch lines up a putt during his fine round of 66 in Beijing.

Finch, bidding for his third European Tour victory at the co-sanctioned event, will take the narrow advantage over Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano after a late birdie on Beijing's CBD International course.

He bogeyed the sixth hole, but responded with six straight birdies in succession.

The birdie on the 16th saw him edge ahead of playing partner Fernandez-Castano after the Spaniard carded a four-under 68.

Australian Ashley Hall is tied for third place, three shots back on five-under with Austrian Markus Brier, having earlier equalled the course record with a 65.

But former Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley slipped out of contention. He briefly shared the lead after two early birdies, but a poor chip lead to a double-bogey seven on the ninth and three more dropped shots coming in saw the Irishman fall to even par.

"I'm really delighted with the round today," leader Finch told the Press Association.

"It was a slow start even though I was happy with how I was playing and then all of a sudden I seemed to get on a really good run."

Hall had lifted himself into contention in near-perfect morning conditions to collect six birdies and an eagle in his seven-under-par round to equal the course record set by New Zealander Mark Brown barely an hour earlier.

Four players are tied at for fifth at four under par including England's Simon Dyson.

Overnight leader Hu-sung Choi had four birdies but seven bogeys to leave the Korean three-under alongside three other players including Brown.

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