Date: September 16, 2007

Green in the hunt

Australian Richard Green remains in contention heading into the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship after carding a six-under-par 66. Green, tied with Simon Khan and Lee Westwood, is two shots behind Danish pair Thomas Bjorn and Soren Hansen, who are both on 12-under, while Alastair Forsyth of Scotland is third on 11-under after carding a brilliant 62. Forsyth carded a woeful 76 on the opening day but then parted ways with his caddie with great results. He shot a 67 on Friday then on Saturday equalled the lowest round of his career with a brilliant 62. It is understood caddie Martin Gray had effectively &apossacked&apos Forsyth, who admitted: “It had been coming, these things run their course.” “We spoke about it on Thursday night and thought we would call it a day on Sunday but I preferred to make a clean break of it and got a new caddie for Friday.” Green had an eventful round. Amongst his highlights were an eagle three on the 13th and six birdies, however a double bogey on the 7th and another dropped stroke on the 14th prevented him from being even closer to the lead. The only other Australian in the field is Peter O&aposMalley (72) – who, at two-over, is well out of contention. Third Round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship, (Par 72): -12 Thomas Bjorn 71 67 66, Soren Hansen 65 68 71 -11 Alastair Forsyth 76 67 62 -10 Richard Green (Australia) 73 67 66, Simon Khan 67 70 69, Lee Westwood 61 73 72 -9 Phillip Archer 71 70 66, Niclas Fasth 67 71 69, Bernhard Langer 69 68 70 -8 Richard Sterne 67 73 68 -7 Bradley Dredge 68 71 70, Paul Lawrie 68 70 71, Andrew McLardy 70 69 70 Also: +2 Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 70 73 72