Friday, 19 March 2010
SAS Masters - Round One  (Getty Images)
SAS Masters - Round One (Getty Images)

England's Sam Little, only 187th on The Race to Dubai, charged from 50th place to 12th with a four under par outward half of 32 in the third round of the SAS Masters in Malmo.

Little birdied the first, sixth, eighth and ninth, which took him to three under par, but that was still seven adrift of overnight leader Ricardo Gonzalez, who went into the day one ahead of England's Lee Slattery.

As the leaders set off Slattery was caught out by the shortest par four on the longest course in European Tour history.

The Southport golfer's pitch to the 394 yard second at Bärseback landed less than six inches from the flag and drew applause, but the ball then spun 25 feet away and he three putted to slip to eight under.

Gonzalez had done well to remain ten under on the first, chipping from thick rough to within three feet of the cup, and also parred the second.

Gonzalez's two stroke lead became one when he bogeyed the short fourth and on the 448 yard sixth he dropped another shot after missing the green and then flopping his chip into the bunker between him and the hole.

Slattery had fired in a superb approach to three feet there and making the birdie took him back into the lead on the opening day thanks to a six under 67.

Scot Richie Ramsay, joint third overnight, also bogeyed the sixth and not just fell four behind at five under, but also slipped to joint fifth spot. Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal and Swede Oskar Henningsson, winner of The European Tour Qualifying School last November, were third.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1GONZALEZ, RicardoARG18-10
3HULDAHL, JeppeDEN18-6
T4HIGLEY, MarcusENG18-4
T4SMITH (AM), NathanUSA18-4
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