Montys Streak Still Alive in Spain


In a tournament that's designed to showcase the European's top players, Saturday's scoreboard looked as if the fans in the stands were the ones whose scores were being posted.
On a day when a little wind made the beautiful but tricky golf course at Valdarrama a player's nightmare, front-runner Angel Cabrera's dream of running away with the title was all but dashed.
Bradley Dredge birdied both the 17th and 18th holes to briefly join Cabrera at the top at 3-under, and then watched as Cabrera bogeyed the final hole to give Dredge sole-possessin of the 54-hole lead in the Volvo Masters.
'I am really looking forward to tomorrow. It will be great,' said Dredge. 'I've had a lot of top-10s this year but I haven't really been in contention as many times as I would have like.'
Cabrera, who at one point in the tournament held a commanding seven-stroke advantage, posted a 5-over-par 76 and is now a shot back of Dredge, who carded his second straight even-par 71.
Dredge, who's best finish is second place at last year's Italian Open, leads the resurgent Colin Montgomerie by a stroke as they head into Sunday's final round.
Trying to keep his streak of at least one win a season going - a victory would make it 10 consecutive years - Montgomerie carded a 1-over 72 and, thanks mainly to Cabrera, his chance to continue the streak is very much alive.
'I was four behind overnight and now I'm only one behind. That's fine,' said Montgomerie, who won this title in 1993. 'I like those conditions. Every shot is a challenge. Every shot is a potential disaster. You can't relax. To me this is proper golf. I enjoy it a lot more than shooting 26-under to win.'
England's Justin Rose had four birdies, three bogeys and an triple bogey for a 2-over 73, but is only three off the pace.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia is somehow still in the mix despite posting a quadruple-bogey-9 on the par-5 fourth. He was, however, able to get a couple birdies on his inward nine to finish at 4-over for the day and plus-1 for the tournament.
The ageless Bernhard Langer was about to find himself in the final grouping on Sunday but a pair of late bogeys brought him back. He ended with a 1-over 72 and in a tie for fifth with Garcia.
The Order of Merit race between Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington will come down to the last day of the season, as the two are separated by a single stroke.
Neither of the two have played anywhere near their normal level of play as Harrington is in a tie for 43rd at 11-over par, while Goosen is a shot back at 12-over.
'I would obviously need to improve substantially tomorrow,' said Harrington, who trails Goosen by a little more the $23,000. 'You never know. It's a different day and we will see. Neither of us has played well, but it's still possible that I can do it.'
'If he beats me then I will tip my hat to him and say well done,' said Goosen, the 2001 Order of Merit champion. 'If I win it, then I'll consider myself lucky to win it.'
Full-field scores from the Volvo Masters