Friday, 19 March 2010
Moravia Silesia Open Golf  - Round Three  (Getty Images)
Moravia Silesia Open Golf - Round Three (Getty Images)

England's Steve Webster was handed a one-shot lead going into the last day of the Moravia Silesia Open presented by ALO Diamonds after Spaniard Ignacio Garrido double bogeyed the final hole of his third round.

Garrido, a member of the 1997 Ryder Cup side who has not won a European Tour title since the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in 2003, had gone out in front by following a hat-trick of birdies from the 12th with an eagle on the 553 yard 16th.

But his finish dropped him back to ten under par along with 2007 Open de France ALSTOM champion Graeme Storm - and Webster, looking to add to his victories in Italy and Portugal, regained top spot with a 69.

“I got a bit lucky on the 16th and the chip when in,” said Garrido. “The last was a pity. I didn’t hit a good tee shot but many times you can hit that shot and then still make the green with a nine iron but the lie was so tough that I couldn’t move it.

“It was incredible. I had to hit it 30 or 40 yards and it’s difficult to control from that tough rough and not hit it 80 yards. It didn’t come out and then I had the same lie again - that’s golf.”

Webster birdied the first, second and eighth in turning in 33 but then suffered the setback of a bogey six on the tenth.

“I played well today but just left a few putts out there so we’ll see what happens tomorrow,” he said.

“It is a great little course. There are a few fiddly holes out there but there are birdie chances and I just tried to give myself chances to make them. I’m swinging well and I’m putting good so I can’t wait to get back out there.

“I hit 17 greens. My irons are my normally my strong point anyway and when I did miss the fairway I hit a great bunker shot.”

Storm, who shared the halfway lead with Webster, shot 70 - while fellow Englishman Sam Little (70) and Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin (68) are fourth on nine under.

Storm revealed afterwards that he is battling an eye problem similar to the one that has kept last year’s Order of Merit winner Robert Karlsson out of action recently.

“I could have played myself out but fortunately I didn’t and hopefully I can capitalise on it tomorrow,” said Storm.

“That was the most nervous I’ve ever been on the course. I don’t know why. I have a twitch in my right eye which I’ve had since The Open. It gets worse when I’m nervous.

“I didn’t hold it together at first but the back nine when I was relaxed was a lot better. It’s not as bad as Robert Karlsson - the doctor said it was to do with stress. The only way I can control it is with Beta Blockers but obviously that’s a banned substance so I can’t take that so I stay away from caffeine.

“It makes it harder to concentrate. It’s one of those things I’m having to put up with but hopefully it won’t be forever and it will go away. I just need to stay relaxed.”

Course designer Miguel Angel Jiménez has six strokes to make up following his 69 - while the 71 of Bristol 21 year old Chris Wood, third in The Open Championship two weeks ago, left him one further back.

“I played some nice shots today, a five under total is good,” said the Spaniard. “I played quite solid - I start with a couple of bogeys on the second and fourth but I was solid after that and made four birdies.”

Swede Martin Erlandsson had ten birdies after making the cut with nothing to spare, but a double bogey and two bogeys limited him to a 66 and a five under aggregate.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T2WEBSTER, SteveENG18-11
T4GARRIDO, IgnacioESP18-10
T4STORM, GraemeENG18-10
T4CAYEUX, MarcZIM18-10
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