De La Riva retains a slender lead

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Updated: March 17, 2012

Eduardo De La Riva hung on to his slender one shot lead in Saturday’s third round of the Open de Andalucía on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

The 29-year-old Spaniard mixed six birdies with two bogies to shoot a four under 68 for a 12-under total that was just enough to hold off the host of challengers who surged and ebbed throughout this moving Saturday.

In the end it was England’s reigning BMW PGA champion Simon Khan and Italian whiz-kid Matteo Manassero, the first-round leader, who came closest to knocking him off his perch,

Both finished at 11-under, Khan after shooting a sparkling seven-birdie, one-bogie 6-under 66, Manassero with a five-birdie, one-bogey 4-under 68.