Saturday, 10 September 2011
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Paul McGinley took off his captain's hat and showed what he is still capable of at the KLM Open in The Netherlands.

The 44 year old, who leads Great Britain and Ireland in the Vivendi Seve Trophy for a second time this coming week, covered Hilversum's back nine in a stunning 28 shots - and from 33rd place at halfway was suddenly sharing the lead.

McGinley, down at 568th in the Official World Golf Ranking and without a European Tour win since 2005, grabbed five successive birdies from the 12th and then capped that with an eagle on the 499 yard last.

The former Ryder Cup hero still had eight holes to play in his third round, however, after the field were split in half and sent off the first and ninth tees following delays on Thursday, first for vandalism on four greens and then flooding.

McGinley stood eight under par and part of a five-way tie with England's Simon Dyson - one of his team in Paris - and David Lynn, German Marcel Siem and Indian Shiv Kapur.

Dyson, twice a winner here, had regained top spot at the start of the day with two closing birdies for a second round 66, but he then came up short of the second green and bogeyed.

Lynn's name is also on the trophy, his victory in 2004 being his only one in 350 events on the circuit.

The expected move forward from Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood did not come over the opening stretch, however.

Both bogeyed the first and fourth, leaving US Open Champion McIlroy three under and joint 18th, while Westwood was two under and only 32nd.

McGinley bogeyed the third, but birdied the next after a superb approach to three feet.

That was not enough to put him back in the lead, however. 

Scot Gary Orr, an even lowlier 674th in the world, had three birdies in five holes from the fourth to move to nine under.

McIlroy and Westwood both turned in 37 and were still searching for their first birdies of the day. They were 16th and 30th respectively.

McGinley was in all sorts of trouble on the sixth and double-bogeyed, but two closing birdies for a 64 made him part of a five-way tie for the lead again on eight under.

France's Alexandre Kaleka matched the Irishman's round, while Orr bogeyed the ninth and Dyson and Lynn both dropped a stroke on the 11th.

McIlroy finally had his opening birdie of the day there and at four under he was still not out of it, but Westwood, having birdied the 12th and 13th, bogeyed the next and was back on two under.


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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1DYSON, SimonENG18-12
2LYNN, DavidENG18-11
3MCILROY, RoryNIR18-10
4ORR, GarySCO18-9
5WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-8
T6FISHER, RossENG18-7
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