Els shares lead at BMW International; Bubba in tie in Connecticut
June 22, 2013 -- Updated 2203 GMT (0603 HKT)
Bubba Watson shares the lead going into the final round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
- Ernie Els in share of the lead at BMW International in Munich
- Reigning British Open champion on 15-under with Alexander Levy and Alex Noren
- Bubba Watson ties for third round lead at Travelers Championship on PGA Tour
- U.S. Open champion Justin Rose three back after third round
(CNN) -- Ernie Els was in a three-way tie for the lead going into the final round of the BMW International in Munich as he was joined at the top of the leader board Saturday by France's Alexander Levy and Swede Alex Noren.
The reigning British Open champion has been at the head of affairs since a brilliant 63 on the Munchen Eichenried course Thursday, followed by a pair of 69s.
Heavy rain held up play for over two hours and again Els finished with a flourish, birdying three of his final five holes to draw level with Levy and Noren at 15-under 201.
England's Mattew Baldwin and Dane Thomas Björn were a shot further back in a tie for fourth.
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"All in all I've got to be happy," said Els, who had held the outright lead since opening with a brilliant 63 at Golfclub München Eichenried.
"I'm in a good position still, just hanging onto the lead or co leader now, and tomorrow is all to play for," he told the official European Tour website.
The 43-year-old Els is playing his final tournament before his title defense at Muirfield next month and coming off the back of a fine display at the U.S. Open where he tied for fourth behind Justin Rose.
American Peter Uihlein was on 13-under with a clutch of big names one shot further back, including defending champion Danny Willett and home hero Martin Kaymer.
Sergio Garcia of Spain also moved into contention with a superb seven-under 65 to go into the last day four shots behind and still in contention.
Meanwhile, in the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson wasted the opportunity to claim the outright lead with a shaky back nine on the TPC River Highlands course.
The 2012 Masters champion appeared to be set for a big lead going into the last day when he went to the turn with three birdies to reach 13 under, but coming home he struggled.
Bogeys on the 13th, 15th and 17th saw him share top spot with first day leader Charley Hoffman and Graham DeLaet of Canada, who carded a fine 65 for 10-under 200.
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose stayed in contention for back to back wins with a 68 to join a big group on seven under, three shots back.
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