Fichardt, Broadhurst lead Madrid Open

England's Paul Broadhurst and South African Darren Fichardt are leading the third round lead of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Saturday and round three of the Madrid Open at the Club de Campo golf course in the Spanish capital. Home favourite Miguel Angel Jimenez bogied the first and the fourth, but birdied the second and the fifth to even things up. He was out in 36 and back in 33 - a 69 to follow his superb 63 in the second round, which puts him at 11-under par going into the final round. Jimenez well poised, two strokes off the lead. Darren Fichardt followed rounds of 67 and 66 in the opening two rounds with another 67, which owed much to a run of four birdies in five holes before the turn. The 67 good enough to give the South African a share of the lead, at 13-under. Rollercoaster round Swede Johan Edfors, meanwhile, endured a rollercoaster round. He bagged six birdies and an eagle but also had four bogeys and a highly controversial double bogey six at the last. Requiring a top two finish to retain his European Tour card for 2005, Edfors' ball mysteriously disappeared after he hit an errant tee shot. His playing partners - Graeme McDowell and Anders Hansen - agreed that the ball must have been picked up by a spectator. Benefit of doubt But despite appeals to the crowd in English and Spanish, referee Andy McFee ruled that, with no television evidence showing the ball at rest and nobody saying they had seen it being lifted, he could not give Edfors the benefit of the doubt. He returned to the tee and finished with a double bogey for a round of 69 and 54-hole total of 202, two off the lead. Overnight leader Paul Broadhurst is seeking a fifth career title nine years after his last victory, having been to the qualifying school twice in between. Broadhurst enjoyed a solid finish with birdies at the 16th and 17th to edge back into a share of the lead with Fichardt. A solid 68 from the Englishman, a three round total of 200 leaving him at 13-under alongside Fichardt. However, with 11 players within two strokes of the third round lead, there are clearly quite a few players still with designs on the winner's cheque of 167,000 euros. (AP)