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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 November 2007, 10:35 GMT
US maintain World Cup advantage
Heath Slocum (L) and Boo Weekley
Slocum and Weekley have led after all three days so far
-20 Slocum/Weekley (USA)
-19 Jacquelin/Havret (Fr), Montgomerie/Warren (Sco)
-18 Poulter/Rose (Eng), Goosen/Immelman (SA)
-17 Cejka/Kaymer Germany (Ger), Gonzalez/Romero (Arg), Derksen/Lafeber (Ned)
Selected others:
-13 Hoey/Maybin (Irl)
-10 Dodd/Dredge (Wal)

US duo Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum held off a spirited charge from France to take a one-shot lead going into the final day of the World Cup in China.

The French duo of Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret fired a stunning 62 at Mission Hills to move to 19-under-par, just one behind the United States.

Scotland's pairing of Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren moved to 19 under after Montgomerie's birdie at the last.

England's Justin Rose and Ian Poulter are a shot further back after a 67.

Saturday's fourballs saw some impressive scoring on a sun-drenched day in Shenzhen.

This kind of result can definitely change things in France

France's Gregory Havret

But Weekley and Slocum said they struggled with the firm greens, tough pin placements and swirling wind.

However on the 3rd, Weekley did hit a four-iron to 15 feet and then dropped the uphill putt for an eagle.

The 34-year-old then two-putted on the par-five seventh, ninth and 11th before Slocum added one more on the 13th as the US carded a 66.

"It was a very tough day," said Slocum. "The pins were very difficult. It was tough and a few times we missed some putts but I think we survived even with both of us not playing our best golf.

"We have to feel a little fortunate but we are still happy with the position we are going into tomorrow with."

Jacquelin and Havret started the day five strokes behind the Americans and Havret's eagle at the 9th helped to propel them up the leaderboard.

"This kind of result can definitely change things in France, said Havret. "The World Cup of Golf is very important to us because it's an international name.

"You know, if you win in Italy or Spain - or whatever the tournament - it's just the Open of the country. The World Cup means a lot in any country."

Scotland's 66 mean they remain in the hunt for their first World Cup title.

It was the round that probably might have been

England's Ian Poulter

Warren picked up the birdies on the front nine - on the third and seventh - while Montgomerie claimed his first birdie of the day on the par-four 10th before adding two more while Warren birdied the 11th.

"After last year, coming so close, we want to win it this year and we have given ourselves the chance to do so tomorrow," said Warren.

"I think we will keep it the same tomorrow and hopefully we will finish one better than everyone else."

Rose and Poulter could have finished much higher up the leaderboard but for some ill luck with some putts.

On a number of holes, the ball lipped out when on for a birdie and in the end they carded five birdies in an otherwise faultless round.

"It was the round that probably might have been," said Poulter. "On 15, 16 and 17 we had the chances but they just didn't want to go in."

Ireland's Gareth Maybin and Michael Hoey are on 13 under following an impressive 65 while Welsh duo Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge are three shots further back after a 67.

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22 Nov 07 |  Golf


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