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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 November, 2004, 15:43 GMT
On-song Spain reel in English duo
DAY THREE LEADERBOARD
Sergio Garcia
-24 Spain (Garcia/Jimenez)
-23 England (Casey/Donald)
-21 Ireland (Harrington/McGinley), USA (Tway/Verplank), Sweden (Jacobson/Haeggman), South Africa (Immelman/Sabbatini)
-20 Japan (Maruyama/Tanaka)
-19 Netherlands (Derksen/Lafeber), Australia (Leaney/O'Hern)
A Sergio Garcia-inspired Spain swept past England on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at the WGC-World Cup.

Garcia, playing with Miguel Angel Jimenez, fired two eagles and five birdies to take the hosts and favourites to 24 under for 54 holes.

England's Luke Donald and Paul Casey, five clear after two rounds, could only manage a 68 in the better-ball format.

Two shots further back in a tie for third in Seville are Ireland, the USA, Sweden and holders South Africa.

Jimenez, who contributed just two birdies, said: "The way (Garcia) played was awesome."

For many players a big home crowd would have added pressure to perform, but Garcia said: "I really enjoy it when there's a big crowd following. I get more into it. There are more people to make happy and show what I can do.

"It was a big, important day and now we have a nice chance."

Casey and Donald, who carded a sparkling 64 in Friday's foursomes, finished with five straight pars to remain one behind the Spaniards.

Their four-under 68 was the joint worst score in Saturday's third round, and seven shots worse than Garcia and Jimenez's effort.

England's lacklustre round compounded a bad day for the 27-yearold Casey, who discovered that his ill-judged remarks about Americans and the Ryder Cup had resulted in him losing his equipment sponsor, Titleist.

Casey refused to comment afterwards but Donald said: "Today was obviously very frustrating for us, but fortunately we did have a lead to work with.

"We lost it, we are still very much in the hunt and if we play like we did yesterday we are going to be in with a very good chance.

(Spain) are a formidable team under any circumstances, but with the passion they have, they are going to be tough to beat
Ireland's Paul McGinley
"I didn't hit the ball as well as I have, but the pins were a lot more tucked and all credit to Spain."

The veteran Bob Tway was the early inspiration for a fifth-string American pairing with five birdies on the front nine, and Scott Verplank joined in with a crucial eagle-three at the 13th.

At one stage they looked like reeling in the English as well, but had to settle for four pars down the tough closing stretch.

Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini who won South Africa's fifth World Cup title last year at Kiawah Island, each had four birdies en route to a 64, while Paul McGinley outshone Irish partner Padraig Harrington with six birdies to three as they also came in with a 64.

A birdie three on the last from veteran Joakim Haeggman put Sweden into the tie for third place.

The tournament concludes on Sunday with the second session of foursomes.


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