VILAMOURA, Portugal — A year after announcing his retirement from full-time golf, Anders Hansen took a share of the lead at the Portugal Masters after going 9-under 62 through the third round on Saturday.
The Danish golfer shares a one-stroke lead with Finland’s Mikko Korhonen.
Hansen made nine birdies in a flawless round. Meanwhile, three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is just one stroke back.
The 46-year-old Hansen announced he was retiring at the Oceanico Victoria golf club after playing the Portugal Masters last year. He was able to keep playing on a part-time basis in 2016 because he was among the top 40 on the career money list.
”I didn’t really have a strategy, just go out and play, and just try to enjoy it,” Hansen said. ”I’m very happy where I am and there is no re-think about starting playing golf again. It probably helps a little bit because it doesn’t really matter to me either way.”
Defending champion Andy Sullivan, Paul Lawrie, and Chris Paisley are all two shots back.