Rahman takes narrow lead into Mauritius Open final round

Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman fired a 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Mauritius Open on seven under par, as Andrew Dodt suffered a late collapse.

Siddikur Rahman has won two Asian Tour titles, but is seeking his first on the European Tour in this co-sanctioned event.   -  Getty Images

Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman fired a 69 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Mauritius Open on seven under par, as Andrew Dodt suffered a late collapse.

World No. 406 Rahman has won two Asian Tour titles, but is seeking his first on the European Tour in this co-sanctioned event.

The 31-year-old has not finished in the top 20 of any tournament since November, but he got off to a quick start at Four Seasons Golf Club with a birdie at the first.

A three on the par-four 16th helped Rahman post a leading mark of 209.

"I really enjoyed my round today, it was a very special day for me," Rahman told www.europeantour.com.

"I am very excited and I will try to enjoy myself tomorrow. One more day to go. Nothing's going to change.

"I'll just try and play the same way as I did for the last few days. I am looking forward to playing in the leader group again tomorrow."

Dodt had led by three at halfway, but the Australian fell away dramatically on the back nine.

He extended his lead with two birdies on the outward half, but had double bogeys at the 13th and 15th in a terrible closing stretch of holes to sign for a five-over-par 77.

South Korean Wang Jeunghun is now Rahman's closest challenger, as he moved onto six under by mixing four birdies with three bogeys on Saturday.

Former Ryder Cup winner Nicolas Colsaerts is tied for third with Dodt, four strokes off the lead.

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