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  Saturday, 21 July, 2001, 22:08 GMT 23:08 UK
Lytham diary: Day Three
Paul Curry
Steady does it for Paul Curry
BBC Sport Online's Stuart Roach takes a look back at day three of Royal Lytham's Open Championship.

To say Paul Curry has been playing steady golf recently would be a huge understatement.

The Colchester golfer was in danger of missing the cut on Friday as he stood one over par with 11 holes still to negotiate, but he managed to par every one of them to survive with a shot to spare.

The remarkable run continued on Saturday as Curry parred every one of Lytham's 18 holes for the steadiest of Open cards.

There is no official record for the longest run of consecutive pars, though Nick Faldo shot 18 pars in his final round at Muirfield in 1987 to clinch victory.

Curry, meanwhile, has promised to spice up his round on Sunday.


Nick Faldo
Nick Faldo is preparing for his forthcoming marriage

Nick Faldo and caddy Fanny Suneson are getting married next month - but not to each other.

Faldo will wed for the third time when he ties the knot with Valerie Bercher while his recently reunited caddy will do the deed in Sweden.

The pair have been discussing a live video link up from their respective receptions, but Suneson has no intention of giving him any advice on this occasion.


The Open Championship will not return to Royal Lytham for another 10 years, following the re-introduction of Royal Hoylake to the championship rota system.

It is only five years since the last tournament at the venue, but the arrival of another North West course to compliment Lytham and Birkdale means the Blackpool links will fall down the pecking order.


Englishman Greg Owen
Greg Owen scaled the dizzy heights

Greg Owen's sensational albatross at the 11th rocketed him up the leaderboard to nosebleed-inducing heights.

Owen was in an inconspicuous 15th position when he saw his second shot to the 542-yard par five bounce in to take him from four under to seven under.

The move meant one shot saw Owen climb 13 places to second, though he subsequently slipped back down to where he had come from.


Lytham's Clifton Arms hotel is providing the official base to a number of high-profile players for this year's championship.

The Royal and Ancient chose the hotel because of its home from home atmosphere, though it may also have something to do with the establishment's manager.

His name? Paul Caddy.


It seems every shop and restaurant in Lytham and St Annes is kitted out in Open colours.

Even the churches are getting involved.

Golf is a religion in these parts, but there was still some surprise at seeing the Ansdell Baptist Church decked with a banner reading: "Tee off with Jesus and have the drive of your life".


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