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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 October, 2003, 20:07 GMT 21:07 UK
Casey maintains charge
Paul Casey
-14 Paul Casey (GB)
-10 Peter Fowler (Aus) Paul Lawrie (GB) Nick O'Hern (Aus)
-9 Marten Olander (Swe)
-8 Stephen Gallacher (GB)
Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg)
Andrew Coltart (GB)
Maarten Lafeber (Ned)
Selected others:
-7 Sergio Garcia (Spa)
Padraig Harrington (Ire)
Level Lee Westwood (GB)

Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, leaving him on course to become the only European golfer to win three times this year.

The Englishman, already successful in Sydney and at The Belfry in May, shot a third-round 71 as he continued his good form.

But it was not all plain sailing for the 26-year-old, who leads from the Australians Peter Fowler and Nick O'Hern, and Scotland's former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

Casey had his five-stroke lead trimmed to one when he bogeyed the fifth and sixth holes at a cold and wet Club de Campo.

He improved with birdies at the ninth and 11th, only to follow with two more bogeys, both as a result of hitting trees after driving into trouble.

Closest challenger

Casey, up from 104th to 22nd in the world this season, kept his nerve, however, and after a two-putt birdie on the long 14th, parred the last four for a level-par 71.

The 2001 Rookie of the Year had to finish his second round before teeing off for his third more than four hours later following Friday's delay for frost.

Fowler, the 44-year-old Australian, was his closest challenger over the back nine, but he bogeyed the last for a 70 and joined O'Hern and Lawrie in joint second place.

Lawrie had two birdies in the last five holes to revive his hopes of a first win since the Wales Open at Celtic Manor last August.

Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia, the two pre-tournament favourites, are joint 10th on seven under.

Harrington, twice a winner on the course, had a 68, but Garcia has disappointed again after opening with a 64 that left him only one behind Casey.

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