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Parry leads as eight-birdie Harrington steps up Ryder Cup preparations

Parry is searching for his maiden victory on the European Tour after strong performances in the last two weeks.
Parry is searching for his maiden victory on the European Tour after strong performances in the last two weeks.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • John Parry leads going into the final round of Vivendi Cup in Paris
  • Englishman has one-shot lead over Johan Edfors and Mark Haastrup
  • Ryder Cup pick Padraig Harrington cards eight birdies in an eventful 69

(CNN) -- England's John Parry will take a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Vivendi Cup in Paris as he bids for his maiden victory on the European Tour.

Parry, a teammate of Rory McIlroy in the 2007 Walker Cup against the United States, carded a third round 70 at Golf de Joyenval near Paris to finish on 15-under 201.

He led at halfway in the Austrian Open last week but slipped back to 20th and has a clutch of contenders in pursuit if he falters again.

Denmark's Mark Haastrup carded a 66, the lowest round of the day to share second place with Sweden's Johan Edfors, who led after the first day with a scorching 61.

The pair are one back on 14-under with four players, including Jarmo Sandelin, who shared the halfway lead with Parry, a further shot behind in fourth.

It was nice to come back with plenty of birdies after that and created plenty of chances
--Padraig Harrington
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Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is 10 shots behind Parry but his third round 69 included eight birdies as he tunes up for next week's Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

"I four-putted the fourth hole, three putt from two feet, so that didn't help me," the Dubliner told the official European Tour website.

"But it was nice to come back with plenty of birdies after that and created plenty of chances. I played nicely from that onwards, so it was a little bit like yesterday, I seemed to play a little bit better when I had to."

Parry, on his first full season on the European Tour, is also hoping to clinch his card for next year and hopes to have learned from his Austria experience.

"I think that getting used to the pressure, as well, in that position, I think the more and more you do it, the more you get used to it, so that helps," he said.

Edfors, who shot a fine 67 to move back into contention, carded four birdies and an eagle after early dropped shots and remains confident.

"I think I have a good chance. Definitely I have a good chance this week," he said.

Haastrup is also on his first season on the European Tour and is another needing a high finish to cement his place, greatly helped by his six-under effort Saturday.

"I played really, really good," he said. "A little shaky tee shot on the first, but then really played good from there. I hit a lot of good shots, and made a little bit of putts in the end and happy days."

Sandelin is tied for fourth with Australian left-hander Richard Green, Dutchman Robert-Jan Derksen and home hope Francois Delamontagne at 13-under.