Originally created 10/31/04

Garcia loses lead in Spain

SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Alastair Forsyth of Scotland shot 4-under-par 67 on Saturday to open a three-stroke lead over Ian Poulter and second-round leader Sergio Garcia after three rounds of the Volvo Masters.

Garcia led Forsyth by a shot after 36 holes, but Garcia struggled to 71 in the third round.

Play was completed in fading light at Valderrama because of an 86-minute afternoon delay caused by a passing thunderstorm.

Forsyth, playing in the last group with Garcia, had just birdied the 13th hole to get to 8-under with the Spaniard facing a 6-foot putt when the players were called in. When they resumed, Garcia missed the putt to fall three behind.

"You spend a lot of time thinking about it, and then you get back out there and spend five or 10 minutes waiting to start," Garcia said.

Forsyth is at 9-under 204. Poulter, who birdied No. 16 with a chip-in and No. 17 to catch Garcia, carded 69.

France's Christian Cevaer (70) is at 209 and Sweden's Peter Hanson (70) was at 210. Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who on Friday had an 11 at the par-5 17th, shot 68 and is at 213.

NINE BRIDGES CLASSIC: In Jeju, South Korea, Kate Golden rolled in a long eagle putt on No. 18 to cap a bogey-free 8-under-par 64 and move into a tie for the lead with Grace Park after two rounds of the limited-field LPGA Tour event.

Golden and Park are at 9-under 135, while Annika Sorenstam is three strokes back after 67. She's looking for her seventh LPGA Tour title of the year.

Park birdied the 18th to complete 69 at The Club at Nine Bridges course.

Jill McGill (70), Soo-Yun Kang (66) and Shi Hyun Ahn (69), the winner last year at age 19 in her LPGA Tour debut, are tied for third at 7-under.

Sorenstam, the Samsung World Championship winner, is three strokes back in a group that included Se Ri Pak (66), Carin Koch (72), and Jeong Jany (68).

NATIONWIDE CHAMPIONSHIP: In Prattville, Ala., former Georgia golfer Justin Bolli birdied his final two holes to salvage 1-over-par 73 and claim a share of the Nationwide Tour Championship lead.

Bolli is tied with Nick Watney (71 on Saturday) at 12-under 204.

Franklin Langham, another former Georgia golfer and ex-Thomson resident, struggled to 77 and is at 209. Langham opened with rounds of 67-65 at the Robert Trent Jones Trail's Senator Course at Capitol Hill.

Former Clemson golfer D.J. Trahan had 70 and is at 206.


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