Saturday, October 15, 2011


Rafael Cabrera-Bello will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters, but it is still all to play for after another day of low scoring in Vilamoura.
The Spaniard shot an eight under par 64 at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course to lead by one on 18 under 198 from Sweden's Christian Nilsson (66-199) and Chile's Felipe Aguilar (67=199)
Cabrera-Bello carded five birdies, two eagles and one bogey and the 27 year old, who won the Austrian Open in 2009 with a closing round of 60, said: "It felt really good, I've been playing good the last few days.
"My goal today was to try and do the same thing. The two eagles definitely gave me a big boost and I think I played pretty solid.
"I did not make many mistakes. I've been hitting my irons really good this week, hitting them close and giving myself lots of opportunities and I've been able to make a few. Hopefully I can keep it up tomorrow.
"I probably won't be leading tomorrow by the time I tee off so I need to perform well and try to hit a low round again."
Sweden's Peter Hanson and Denmark's Thomas Björn are just two shots off the lead on 16 under, Hanson carding a superb 64 and Björn - seeking his fourth win of the season - returning a 66.Hanson, a member of the victorious Ryder Cup Team at The Celtic Manor Resort last year, said: "I wasn't really thinking about a 64 but I got off to a good start and managed to keep a bit of momentum into the back nine.
"I've been struggling a bit with every part of my game this season, it has not been consistent but I've been working hard on that the least few weeks.
"I'm just outside top 15 on the Race to Dubai and would love to get into that. I'm also 51st on the world rankings and it would be nice to move up there as well."
South African Hennie Otto was among those on 14 under after producing a brilliant 63.
Otto carded seven birdies and an eagle to complete his round two hours before overnight leader Simon Khan was due to tee off.
The 35 year old had made the cut with nothing to spare on five under after rounds of 72 and 67.
"I got it to six under yesterday with three holes to go and then I double-bogeyed the seventh," Otto said.
"I had five under par in my head to be the number for the cut and I chipped and putted on the eighth for par but then managed to birdie nine to get in right on the mark
"With the early time and fresh greens, I really wanted to have a go. I played well last week but made 18 pars in a row in the first round.
"Yesterday I also played well but didn't make the putts, but I knew it was going to happen sooner rather than later for me."
Khan, after pacemaking rounds of 65 and 66, slipped back to a pedestrian 71 for 202, the3 same mark as Walker Cup star Tom Lewis (68-202) and South Africans Hennie and James Kingston (70).
Paul Lawrie still leads the "Tartan Army" and, all things considered, following the death of his coach and close friend Adam Hunter on Friday night, the Aberdonian did well to shoot a 69 for 12-under 204. He is tied for 13th place. Paul is "only" six shots off the pace with a round to go.

Par 216 (3x72)
198 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 69 65 64.
199 Christian Nilsson (Swedden) 69 64 66, Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 66 66 67.
200 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 66 70 64, Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 65 69 66.
201 Lorenzo Gagli ((Italy) 69 66 66, Keith Horne (S Africa) 69 65 67.
202 Otto Hennie (S Africa) 72 67 63, Tom Lewis (England) 70 64 68, James Kingston (S Africa) 64 68 70, Simon Khan (England) 65 66 71.

204 Paul Lawrie 69 66 69 (T13).
205 Peter Whiteford 71 67 67 (T18).
208 Steven O'Hara 68 71 69, Alastair Forsyth 68 70 70 (T47).
209 Marc Warren 70 69 70 (T59).
210 Colin Montgomerie 67 72 71 (T67).
212 David Drysdale 69 67 76 (T71).



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