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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 July, 2005, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Bjorn nets four-shot K Club lead
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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn
GB & Ire unless stated
-8 T Bjorn (Den)
-4 J Lomas, R Jacquelin (Fr)
-2 G Storm, A Coltart
Thomas Bjorn staked his claim for a spot at next year's Ryder Cup at the K Club by mastering the winds to lead the European Open after the third round.

His round of 69, the joint best score of the day, saw him end the day on eight-under-par, four shots clear of Raphael Jacquelin and Jonathan Lomas.

Only a 17th hole bogey and a three putt at the last denied him a bigger lead on a day when wind caused havoc.

Graeme Storm and Andrew Coltart share fifth, two behind Jacquelin and Lomas.

Darren Clarke is joint sixth in a large group after a birdie-free round of 75, and defending champion Retief Goosen had an even worse day, with a round of 77 seeing him drop 10 shots off the pace.

Joint halfway leader Jamie Donaldson had a triple bogey and five double bogeys in a round of 82.

Last year Bjorn walked out on the tournament after six holes, with his confidence at an all-time low, and afterwards he was keen to avoid dwelling on the past.

"Let's put a lid on it," he said referring to the walk-out.

"My results this year have shown I'm way beyond it. I've left those things behind me.

"I drove the ball brilliantly for the first three-quarters of the round.

"I couldn't expect much more than I achieved. It was as good as you want to play in these conditions."

Bjorn will be hoping to return to the K Club for next year's Ryder Cup.

One man who will definitely be returning is American team captain Tom Lehman, and he will be hoping for better fortune next time after being fined two shots for turning up late.

He was on the putting green a minute before he was due to play when it was pointed out he was due off at 1017 BST.

Lehman thought it was 1027, and was too late to make it to the first in time.

Andy McFee, the European Tour's senior referee, said: "I spoke to Tom on the course and he has accepted the decision."




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