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Jimenez edges clear at Senior Open Championship

David McKenzie heads the Australians (Photo: Bruce Young)
Miguel Angel Jimenez emerged as the leader at the completion of the third round of the Senior Open Championship at St Andrews, the Spaniard two ahead of Canadian Stephen Ames, Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Tom Pernice Jr.

On what was a demanding day at the home of golf, there were only three rounds in the 60’s, strong winds buffeting the field throughout but Jimenez recorded a very solid round of even par to move into the outright lead after sharing the lead through 36 holes.

“Conditions were difficult today, brutal,” said Jiménez. “It’s tough in this wind. You could see the scores, people got to nine under and ten under but then made bogeys. It’s not easy.

“I was ten under par after birdies on the 12th and 14th, then bogeyed and made three pars. I missed a birdie on the 15th by rushing myself, but that’s golf.

“I like this tournament and, of course, I like St Andrews. I would love to win. I hope I can hold the trophy, I would love to. Tomorrow is going to be a tough day. It’s going to be hard and there are some top players there, all playing very well. Whoever has the most patience in these conditions will win.”

Defending champion Langer is lurking however but he too would struggle over the closing stages today a bogey at his final hole no doubt a painful blow. He is however aware of what is required to handle what appear to be continuing tough conditions tomorrow. The forecast for tomorrow suggests strong winds and rain form late morning onwards.

“You have to bring a good attitude, whether you’re chasing or leading,” said Langer. “This golf course changes so dramatically when there’s wind, when you get rain on top of it, it’s going to be even harder.”

The Australians are just perhaps too far off the pace to be realistic chances, David McKenzie five behind the leaders and importantly in a share of 18th so he has a lot of players to climb over if he is to have any chance.

Peter Lonard bogeyed two holes late in his round today to finish at 2 under and seven from the lead with Peter Fowler another shot back and Paul Archbold two further back.

McKenzie impressed with his round of 70, only three players bettering his score on day three.





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