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Luke Donald and Rhys Davies share Madrid Masters lead

Madrid Masters: third-round leaderboard:
-16 R Davies (Wal), L Donald (Eng) -14 F Molinari (Ita) -13 A Quiros (Spa) -12 G Storm (Eng) Selected others: -10 G McDowell (NI) -7 N Dougherty (Eng) -5 O Wilson (Eng) -4 M Kaymer (Ger)

Rhys Davies
Davies is hoping to continue his superb year's form

European Tour rookie Rhys Davies birdied two of the last three holes for a share of the lead going into the final round of the Madrid Masters.

The 25-year-old is on 16 under along with Luke Donald, two shots clear of Italy's Francesco Molinari.

Davies began Saturday's round a stroke behind Donald but he shot a five-under-par 67 to Donald's 68.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros finished with two birdies and an eagle to move to within three shots of the leading pair.

Welshman Davies, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday, shared the lead with Ryder Cup player Donald on day one and trailed him until a 12ft putt on the penultimate hole earned him a share of the lead.

In March he won his first European Tour event when he triumphed in the Hassan Trophy in Morocco.

"It is similar to Morocco but I tried not to think about winning there and I'll be doing the same on Sunday," he said.

"I made just two minor mistakes today and got severely punished for the one on the seventh, where I had a terrible lie and couldn't get the ball on to the lower tier of the green.

"But I knew I could get it back with lots of birdies."


Donald is trying to win for the first time in four years, having recovered from a career-threatening wrist injury.

His last title was the US Tour's Honda Classic four years ago with his last win in Europe coming in the 2004 European Masters in Switzerland.

He is also keen to atone for a double-bogey on the penultimate hole in last week's PGA Championship at Wentworth that cost him the title.

And he also knows that finishing second or better would give him a place in the world's top 10.

But after making his fourth birdie at the 10th to stay two shots clear of the field, Donald's round stalled.

"I played the front nine really well but struggled a bit on the back side," admitted Donald.

"I'm really proud of the way I'm rebounding from last week's disappointment, though. That shows a lot about my character."

But they will be wary of Quiros after his strong finish to his round of 64.

He holed two 15ft putts and then chipped in for a two from just under 60 yards on the final hole.

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