BMW International: Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai in six-way tie for lead

Aaron Rai
Rai had a hole-in-one during his opening round in Cologne
BMW International Open leaderboard
-5 A Rai (Eng), S Hend (Aus), M Kieffer (Ger), M Kaymer (Ger), C Paisley (Eng), L Bjerregaard (Den); -4 M Korhonen (Fin), N Geyger (Chi)
Selected others: -3 M Wallace (Eng), A Sullivan (Eng), S Jamieson (Sco); -2 C Syme (Sco), D Howell (Eng); -1 D Horsey (Eng), S Garcia (Spa); +3 T Fleetwood (Eng)
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England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai are among six players tied for the lead after three rounds of the BMW International Open in Germany.

Paisley recovered from a front nine of 38 to come home in 30 for a four-under 68 to finish the day on five under.

Rai signed for a one-under round of 71, as did German co-leaders Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer.

Halfway leader Scott Hend, from Australia, and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard are also on five under.

Hend started the day with a one-shot lead but struggled with the windy conditions in Cologne, shooting a one-over 73, while Bjerregaard equalled the lowest round of the week with a 67.

"I just need to keep doing what I'm doing this back nine," said Paisley, who won his first European Tour title in South Africa in January.

"Now that I've won before I know I can do it. Even before the win I believed I could do it but you don't actually know until you've done it."

Rai said: "It was a good steady round overall. Conditions were a little easier today, there wasn't as much wind so you could make a score a little more compared to the last couple of days."

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