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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 June 2007, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Dredge senses home Wales Open win
Bradley Dredge is bidding to be the first home winner of the Wales Open
Dredge is bidding to be the first home winner of the Wales Open
GB & Ire unless stated
-10 B Dredge, M Kaymer (Ger)
-9 M Vibe-Hastrup (Den), R Sterne (Rsa)
-8 P Broadhurst, D Frost (Rsa), S Kjeldsen (Den), G Murphy

Bradley Dredge's quest to become the first home winner of the Wales Open sees him go into Sunday's final round tied for the lead at Celtic Manor.

Dredge's six-birdie, four-under-par 65 took him to 10-under and alongside German rookie Martin Kaymer, 22.

Kaymer bogeyed the last two holes but still ended with a similar 65.

The top pair lead by a stroke from the consistent Richard Sterne of South Africa and the overnight leader, Mads Vibe-Hastrup of Denmark.

With four players on eight-under, Dredge's dream of winning his national title might prove hard to realise.

Two weeks ago he lost out to Padraig Harrington in a play-off for the Irish Open at Adare Manor, seeing at first hand what it meant to the Irishman to win his home title.

"What Padraig said hits it right on the nail - you want to win your national title. I really want to win this," Dredge said.

"It's nice to hear the support for me this time, in direct contrast to Ireland!

"I'm sure the fans are going to get right behind me tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it."


Victory or even second place would put Dredge back into the world's top 50 and while that would be a week too late for the US Open, it would earn him a place in next month's Open at Carnoustie.

It is the course where he lost to Scot Stephen Dundas in the final of the 1992 British Amateur Championship.

The 64 of South African Sterne - third in last week's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth - catapulted him from 24th to joint third with Vibe-Hastrup (68).

Colin Montgomerie was on the same mark as Sterne at halfway, but is now nine adrift and joint 50th after a three-over 72 beset by more putting problem.

"Four three-putts," said the eight-time European number one. "I don't know what to do really. Don't know what to do."

Kenneth Ferrie, who shared the lead with Mickelson with a round to go before slipping to sixth, holed-in-one during a spectacular charge into contention.

But the Northumberland golfer, presented with a huge bottle of champagne for the three-iron shot on the 217-yard eighth, then had to think of someone to give it to.

"I had enough between the ages of 14 and 19 to last a lifetime, but I haven't had a drink for about four years," said Ferrie after a remarkable round of 65 that began with him playing the first five holes in four over par.

The 28-year-old covered the remaining 14 in eight-under, with six birdies in addition to his ace.

Ferrie is in a tie for ninth, but only three behind, while Ireland's Gary Murphy, England's Paul Broadhurst, South African David Frost and Dane Soren Kjeldsen are tied for fourth just two back.

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