Jon Rahm took a one-shot lead at the Spanish Open after shooting a stunning 6-under 65 in the third round on Saturday.
No. 6-ranked Rahm entered the round two shots behind, hitting six birdies on an error-free day at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.
Rahm won the Spanish Open in 2018 and 2019. The third title ties him with Seve Ballesteros for the tournament record. Ballesteros won the last of his 50 European Tour titles at this tournament in 1995.
“I wish most of my rounds were organized like this,” Rahm said. “I didn’t do anything special, just played consistent golf, put the ball in play.” And I never got off the tee without missing it a few times. I shot to the green and made it. To pull it off every time.”
Australia’s Min Woo Lee shot a 5-under 66 to finish as Rahm’s closest pursuer.
Stephen Gallacher, who shared a slice of the lead after the second round, was three shots back with Mark Warren, Kiradech Aphibarnrath, Eddie Pepperell, Mathieu Pavon and Louis de Jager.
“It’s easy to feed off each other,” said Rahm, who played the first three rounds with Lee. The opponents will play together again in Sunday’s final round.
“Hopefully my best round will be tomorrow,” Rahm said.