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Friday, 19 March 2010
Ross Metherell, a 50-year-old coach from Perth, is poised for his second European Seniors title in a fortnight after a flawless third round 66 gave him a one shot lead in the third round of the PGA Seniors Championship at The Belfry's PGA National course.

But Metherell, a qualifier at last December's Senior Tour school, is being closely challenged by England's Mike Slater who added a 69 to Saturday's record 65 to be on ten under par (206) and just a shot adrift of the Australian.

The 15-stone professional from the Portal Club at Warrington, popularly known as "Big Red" fired his approach over the 18th into the crowd. But he bravely chipped to five feet to save his par and keep the pressure on Metherell who won the De Vere Hotels Senior Classic at Ferndown earlier in August.

Slater was joined on the same mark by Terry Gale, another Australian, who won the PGA title at the Belfry in 1996. He shot a 68. And American Bill Brask, runner-up at Ferndown, extracted seven birdies in a 66 for 208.

Slater, who has achieved three third place finishes in his two years on Tour, said "I didn't make many mistakes out there. I'm hitting it well and looking forward to tomorrow."

Midlander Jim Rhodes, based just a half hour's drive from the Belfry, cheered his supporters with a flawless four-birdie 68 to stay in touch at six under 210.

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