ICHEON - Alexander Noren ofSwedentook a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Ballantine's Championship here on Saturday. Noren shot a three-under 69 to reach nine-under 207 for the $2.8 million tournament at the par-72 Blackstone Golf Club. Despite finding only half of the 14 fairways in the third round, Noren escaped an up-and-down round with four birdies against one bogey. After the round, Noren said it was nice to finish a long, windy day with a birdie. "My short game I think held it together, and I didn't have that many chances," he said. "But I took care of them when I got chances for birdies and made the important pars when I needed. So it was a big fight day." –AFP