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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 May 2006, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Howell remains clear at Wentworth
R3 LEADERBOARD
David Howell
-14 D Howell
-11 MA Jimenez (Spa)
-8 P Casey, S Khan
-6 N Dougherty, F Delamontagne (Fra), J Van de Velde (Fra), P Harrington
Selected others:
-4 E Els (SA), A Cabrera (Spa)
+3 C Montgomerie
England's David Howell maintained his three-shot lead going into the final round of the PGA Championship at a wet Wentworth on Saturday.

Howell carded 69 to fend off Ryder Cup colleague Miguel Angel Jimenez, who fired 65 to leap to 11 under.

Paul Casey and Simon Kahn were eight under with Padraig Harrington and French pair Jean van de Velde and Francois Delamontagne six under.

Nick Dougherty, second overnight, also slipped to six under after a 74.

Sweden's Niclas Fasth and Robert Karlsson and Denmark's Soren Hansen were five under with course redesigner Ernie Els and defending champion Angel Cabrera in a group one stroke further back.
If I shoot 66 now I can take it out of most people's hands

David Howell

England's Luke Donald dropped back to three under after a 74, while Colin Montgomerie also carded 74 for three over.

The rain-hit second round was completed on Saturday morning, with Ulsterman Darren Clarke, English duo Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter as well as Dane Thomas Bjorn and Australian Adam Scott missing the two-over cut.

Howell, 30, the European Order of Merit leader, went out in 33 with two birdies but handed a shot back at the 10th.

With three holes left Howell's lead - four shots at one point - had been cut to just one as Spain's Jimenez, 42, added the final touches to his charge in the pouring rain.

It will be a gentleman's battle tomorrow - David is a great player and a super guy

Miguel Angel Jimenez

But Howell birdied his final two holes to retain the three-shot lead he held from Dougherty overnight.

"A 69 was a good effort in the conditions. Miguel has obviously played fantastically well," said Howell.

"If I shoot 66 now I can take it out of most people's hands, but if Miguel plays well then I'll have to as well. But I'm in a strong position - there's a fair chance it's between the two of us.

"I fancied it wouldn't be as plain sailing as yesterday and it wasn't, but I managed to stay patient."

Jimenez said: "It will be a gentleman's battle tomorrow. David is a great player, there's no doubt, and a nice guy. A super guy."

Dougherty, 24, endured a mixed round which ended bogey, double-bogey, birdie as he dropped back to join Casey (69), Khan (70), Van de Velde (66) and Delamontagne (71).



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