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At home Sergio Garcia takes one-shot lead at Valderrama

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Sergio Garcia (file pic).
Sergio Garcia (file pic).
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HOME FAVOURITE SERGIO Garcia will carry a one-shot lead over surging Englishman Daniel Brooks into Sunday’s final round of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

Garcia, whose foundation is hosting the event in southern Spain, shot a three-under par round of 68 to edge ahead of Brooks, who hit the lowest round of the week so far with a seven-under par 64.

Overnight leader Joost Luiten is two shots off the lead after an even par round with Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Welshman Jamie Donaldson a further shot back.

“I’m going to go out there tomorrow and try to post another under par round and see what happens,” Garcia told europeantour.com.

“Good rounds are possible there but they have to be spot on. “It’s still a long way tomorrow to come so we can’t get too much ahead of ourselves.”

The Masters champion hasn’t won a tour title since claiming his first major six months ago.

Leading third-round scores from the European Tour’s Andalucia Valderrama Masters:

205 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 66 71 68

206 – Daniel Brooks 70 72 64

207 – Joost Luiten (NED) 66 70 71

208 – Jamie Donaldson 73 67 68, Scott Jamieson 69 68 71

210 – Wade Ormsby (AUS) 73 70 67

211 – Ricardo Gouveia (POR) 69 70 72, Robert Rock 67 70 74, Julian Suri (USA) 73 73 65, Anders Hansen (DEN) 70 70 71, Shane Lowry 72 70 69

212 – Peter Hanson (SWE) 69 75 68, Matt Wallace 71 72 69, Matteo Manassero (ITA) 70 74 68

213 – Andrew Johnston 69 71 73, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 72 71 70, Daniel Willett 70 72 71, Robert Dinwiddie 71 71 71, Bernd Ritthammer (GER) 75 68 70, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 67 73 73

214 – Richard Bland 70 71 73, Jens Fahrbring (SWE) 73 71 70, Paul Waring 71 72 71, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 71 70 73, Lee Slattery 72 71 71, Jose-Filipe Lima (POR) 72 72 70, Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 73 69 72, Chris Hanson 72 74 68, Richard Finch 69 73 72, Adrian Otaegui (ESP) 71 71 72, Nino Bertasio (ITA) 74 71 69, Padraig Harrington 72 73 69.

© AFP 2017

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