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Westwood gains at wet Valderrama

THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD: (GB & Ire unless stated)
-5 S Garcia (Spa), Kjeldsen (Den) -4 L Westwood -3 A Wall -2 T Levet (Fra)Selected others:-1 D Clarke +2 P Harrington +5 R Karlsson (Swe)

M Brier
A muddy approach for Germany's Markus Brier on Saturday

Lee Westwood played the last 11 holes of his rain-suspended second round in six under par to make a big impression on the leaders at the Volvo Masters.

And after six holes of his third round he was just one behind Sergio Garcia and Soren Kjeldsen when another downpour ended Saturday's play early.

If Westwood wins the tournament, Robert Karlsson will have to be at least third to win the Order of Merit Title.

But after 11 holes of his round the Swede was tied 28th at five over par.

When play was halted at Valderrama, Kjeldsen had been caught for the second time in the day by Garcia. They were on top of affairs on five under, with Westwood four under and Londoner Anthony Wall three under.

Padraig Harrington's hopes of a second Order of Merit crown in three years are not over yet either as he turned in a superb 32 to climb to two over and joint 18th.

He can finish in the top two and overtake Karlsson, although a Westwood victory would deny him.


Less than four hours' play had been possible on Friday and with more rain falling as the tournament resumed at 8.30am (0630 GMT) on Saturday, there remained the possibility that the tournament might even be cut to 36 holes.

However, conditions improved and, with little or no wind, so did the scoring. Westwood - who won the Order of Merit title in 2000 - finished with a 68 which owed something to a stroke of good luck.

After coming back from three early bogeys with four birdies in five holes around the turn, he went against his caddie's advice in trying for the green in two at the long 17th.

The ball was pulled left, but so far left that it stopped on the bank of the lake rather than in the water and from there he chipped to 15 feet and made the putt.

After adding another birdie at the last he said: "I played the wrong shot, but I got lucky and got away with it. The key was playing a good chip - I could easily have put it into the water."

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