Date: June 10, 2007

Green’s drought nears end

Australian Richard Green will carry a three-stroke lead into the final round of the BA-CA Open in Austria. The 36-year-old, hunting his first European Title in a decade, did his chances no harm on day three with a flawless four-under 67. The Melbourne-based left-hander heads the leader board with England&aposs Richard McEvoy (64) making a move on the penultimate day to perhaps leave the Australian sleeping restlessly ahead of the final round. Green has been a model of consistency this week with rounds of 66, 65 and 67 to have him 15-under for the tournament. He has shown a liking for this course in the past, too, and is one of the course record holders courtesy of his 63 at the Fontana Golf Club layout. Former Ryder Cup representative Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain (69) and Swede Steven Jeppesen (69) remain in the hunt, but Green is the man to catch and is confident. He told reporters after his round of 67 that the course suits his game, especially the greens. Green said he was fairly anxious to win and break the 10-year drought on the tour. Green&aposs first victory on the European Tour came at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic when he overcame compatriot Greg Norman in a play-off.