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Sunday, 08 July 2007

The A.G.F. Allianz Open des Volcans – Challenge de France will be concluded on Monday morning after prolonged lightening storms and heavy rain left European Challenge Tour Officials no choice but to suspend the fourth round overnight.

Gareth Paddison of New Zealand, who has five holes to complete when play resumes at the Golf des Volcans at 07:10 local time on Monday morning, leads the tournament on nine under par, five strokes clear of his playing partner Lief Westerberg of Sweden.

England’s Chris Gane, who has four holes to finish in the morning, is six behind Paddison on three under, with Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera, and Oliver Whiteley a further shot back.

With lightening activity circling the Golf des Volcans throughout the day – the players were called off the course three times due to the unstable weather conditions – coupled with heavy rainfall that began flooding bunkers towards the end of the day, the Challenge Tour Officials had no option but to resume play on Monday morning.

Tournament Director, José Maria Zamora, said: “There was a lot of lightening activity in the area and the rain was also causing problems with some of the fairways, greens and bunkers starting to flood.

“That gave us no choice but to finish the tournament on Monday morning, and give the players still to finish a chance to get some rest after a long day."

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