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4 September 2004

Omega European Masters - Round 3

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The duel of the two Spaniards continued today in Crans with Miguel Angel Jimenez regaining the lead lost yesterday to fellow countryman Sergio Garcia.

Jimenez cast aside any doubts about his punishing schedule prior to the Ryder Cup, claiming that the mountain air was keeping him fit so that he would be "like a rock" when he gets back down to sea level. Sergio Garcia looked set to extend his lead with an eagle on the first hole and three birdies on the first nine holes, but three dropped shots on the back nine upped his final third-round scorecard to 68, leaving him one stroke behind Jimenez on 14 under. An impressive seven birdies and an eagle from an amazing 50 foot putt on the 14th brought Luke Donald level with his longstanding friend Garcia. The young Englishman saw his strong three rounds as confirmation that Bernhard Langer made the right choice in picking him and revealed aims to become "solid top 50 player in the world". The strong Ryder Cup leading trio came home three shots clear of a pack of followers that included last year's winner Ernie Els, who carded a respectable five under par 66 on his third round.

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