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Lowry Reduces Gap To Garcia, But Event Postponed To Monday

Despite the week-long storms in Spain, the Valderrama Masters is set for an intriguing finish.

Delays each day, meaning that the first two rounds didn’t finish until yesterday and the 126-man field was still full, saw the event cut to 54 holes.

Even with that, a Monday finish is necessary to complete the tournament.

Home favourite and two-time event winner, Sergio Garcia, had a four shot lead going into this third and final round. But despite a stunning bogey-free 64 in his second round, the Spaniard is only level par through his first seven holes.

With second-placed Ashley Chesters two over after his first seven, others have closed the gap to threaten the leader, chief among those being Lee Westwood.

The Englishman has been solid throughout the delays and restarts, and his fine start on Sunday sees him just three shots behind his fellow veteran with eleven holes still to play.

Four birdies in his eight holes put him in sole second, one shot ahead of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Shane Lowry.

Irishman Lowry is yet to drop a shot in his final round, making three birdies through the opening eight holes, and the gap to Garcia is now just four shots.

A significant week is in the offing for Gavin Moynihan, who is 15 holes through a sensational round. The Dubliner is -6 for the round so far, holing an eagle and five birdies. This sees him leap from +2 to -4, currently in the top six.

That would represent his best finish on the European Tour to-date, which is a tied-14 finish at last year’s Irish Open.

Padraig Harrington is +3 today through eight holes, and is +7 for the event.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

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