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Howell, Hansen lead French Open after Day 3

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SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – David Howell of England shot a 4-under 67 to share the lead with Anders Hansen of Denmark at 6 under after the third round of the French Open on Saturday.

Hansen finished with a 69. South African George Coetzee is one shot back after a 70. Overnight leader Marcel Siem of Germany had a 73 to fall two behind the leaders.

Howell, who shot a 34 on his opening nine, added birdies on the 14th and 16th on his way back to the clubhouse, just before a thunderstorm halted play.

Lee Westwood strained his groin when he slipped while walking to the first tee. He had a double bogey on the opening hole and bogeyed the next five. He finished with a 76.