DP World Tour

Aaron Cockerill takes narrow lead into final round in Japan

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Aaron Cockerill (Photo by Yoshimasa Nakano/Getty Images)

Canada’s Aaron Cockerill heads into the final round of the 2023 ISPS HANDA – CHAMPIONSHIP with a one-shot lead after a terrific start on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Manitoba native began his third-round 64 with a hat-trick of birdies before making four more and a single bogey to reach 13 under par.

But if Cockerill is to secure his maiden DP World Tour title at PGM Ishioka Golf Club on Sunday, he will have to fight off a stellar chasing pack.

Australian Lucas Herbert and Scotland’s David Law were just a shot back on 12 under after posting rounds of 68 and 64 respectively on Moving Day.

Japanese duo Rikuya Hoshino and Takumi Kanaya shared fourth place with Scot Grant Forrest on 11 under, one stroke clear of Jazz Janewattananond and Rafa Cabrera Bello.