Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington tee off as joint leaders in the final group for the third round of the BMW Internatonal Open at Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried with two different objectives.
Montgomerie, who shot a second round 64 for an 11 under par total of 133, is seeking a fifth title of the season on the European Tour - a feat he has never achieved in the past – and the chance to pass the £1 million mark in official earnings.
Harrington, meanwhile, whose 67 left him tied with Montgomerie on 133, is chasing a victory which would ensure him a place in the European Ryder Cup team to face the United States in Boston next month.
There is a touch of déjà vu about the situation for Harrington. Two years ago he led by one stroke at halfway and eventually lost out to winner Robert Karlsson. As a result he just missed the last qualifying place for the Ryder Cup at Valderrama.
This time around, victory would clinch that elusive final place in the qualifying list ahead of Robert Karlsson and Harrington said: “I think I am going to have to be prepared to do battle with Monty. If you can beat him in a tournament you’re not doing too bad.”
David Park, the first round leader by four after an opening 62, was ten strokes worse in the second round and was overtaken by Montgomerie and Harrington. However the whole Ryder Cup picture is still as intriguing as ever.
Ian Woosnam fired a warning shot that he might make a good wild card pick with a 66 for 136, just three off the lead. Bernhard Langer compiled a 68 to finish on 137 and he can still qualify automatically.
Then there is Andrew Coltart, who dropped out of the top ten last week. He birdied four of his last six holes for a 68 and a six under par total of 138. He is three shots ahead of Karlsson, who shot a 71 for 141.
It wasn’t a good day at the office, though, for another wild card hopeful, Nick Faldo. He finished with a 73 to be four under for the tournament and has his work cut out to win on Sunday afternoon, after which Mark James will unveil his wild cards.