Rodiles Seeks Homeland Victory


CADIZ, Spain -- Spain's Carlos Rodiles was 4 under through 12 holes Saturday when third-round play was suspended for the day at the Volvo Masters Andalucia. Rodiles is 11 under par and two ahead of the second-round leader Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden.
Play was suspended for darkness Saturday as the day has been a golf marathon. The second round was contested Saturday morning after all play was washed out on Friday. Over an inch of rain fell at Valderrama on Friday and wind gusts knocked down several trees and a leaderboard.
Jacobson held a two-stoke lead after the second round but it was a 15-minute break and back to the course. At the third hole, Jacobson made double bogey while Rodiles made birdie to give the Spaniard a one-shot edge.
Rodiles' lead was short-lived as Jacobson sank a five-footer for birdie at the fourth and Rodiles made bogey to give the Swede a one-shot lead. Jacobson holed a pair of short birdie putts at five and six to go three ahead of Rodiles.
The duo both birdied the seventh but there was another big turn at the par-4 eighth. Rodiles drove into the right rough at eight but hit his approach to seven feet. Jacobson found the fairway off the tee but pulled his 9-iron second into the rough. Jacobson chipped to 12 feet but missed the par save. Rodiles sank the birdie putt to get within one of the lead.
Rodiles birdied the 10th and Jacobson dropped a stroke so now Rodiles found himself one shot ahead. The two made birdie at 11 and Jacobson bogeyed the 12th to go to even par for his third round and fall two strokes behind the Spaniard.
'It's been a long day but it's been fun playing with Freddie,' said Rodiles. 'I made a couple of birdies then he made a few. It was a roller coaster of a day, but a roller coaster of quality.'
Jacobson was complimentary of Rodiles' stellar play in the long day of golf.
'Carlos played absolutely fantastic today,' said Jacobson. 'I played well also but had a little bit of trouble getting up and down. I hung in there and I am still in a good position for tomorrow and I am looking forward to that.'
Anders Hansen is also even par and is currently in third place at 5 under par.
Greg Owen is in the clubhouse after a third-round 73. He stands at 3-under-par 213 and is joined in a tie for fourth place with Brian Davis, who is through 15 holes, and John Bickerton, who has completed 14.
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal is in seventh at 2 under par, followed by Jarrod Moseley, who shot a third-round 71 to finish at 1-under-par 215, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott, who are 1 under on the 17th hole.
Colin Montgomerie, who shared the title with Bernhard Langer last year after the two agreed on a tie when darkness halted their playoff, is 1 under on his round and is part of a group in 11th at even par for the championship.
The Volvo Masters Andalucia is the final event on the 2003 European Tour schedule. It is reserved for only the top 60 on the Order of Merit but three players (Order of Merit winner Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Peter Lonard) passed on the invite.
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