Date: February 10, 2008

Jacquelin conquers wind in India

A battling 72 in blustery conditions helped Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Indian Masters at the Delhi Golf Club. On a day where Ernie Els&apos experience saw him record a three-under 69 and the best round of the day, many of the players at the top of the leaderboard fell away in tricky conditions. However, Jacquelin played steady golf in carding an eagle at the 14th, a solitary birdie and three bogies to leap to the top of the field. Overnight leader Damien McGrane of Ireland stumbled to a 75 and dropped into a tie for second, where he is accompanied by compatriot Graeme McDowell, who shot a 73, and Spaniard Jose Manuel Lara after a 71. New Zealander Mark Brown is the best of the Australasian contingent although he is basically out of the reckoning at one-over, a shot ahead of Australians Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend and Brendan Jones. Although he was thrilled to take an advantage into the final round, Jacquelin had mixed feelings about his efforts on Saturday. “It&aposs always good to be on top of the leaderboard, and of course I&aposm happy to be there – I&aposm just a little disappointed with the way I putted today,” he said. “I didn&apost hole any [putts], except for one on the 14th hole to make a good eagle. But the rest was really poor on the greens. So that&aposs why I&aposm a little bit disappointed but pleased to be up there.” “When you look at the leaderboard, it shows that the course was difficult to play. It was really tricky today. I was just concentrating on my game as usual, and just trying to put it in play from the tee, because that&aposs really the key of this golf course, especially into the wind.” Indians Arjun Atwal and S.S.P Chowrasia are within striking distance at four-under, while Hendrik Burhmann, Maarten Lafeber and Ross McGowan could also make a challenge at a shot further back as could Els and Dane Thomas Bjorn at two-under. Australians Adam Groom and Uno Park are at three-over, followed two strokes back by Scott Barr. Third Round of the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters (Par 72): -6: Raphael Jacquelin 69 69 72 -5: Jose Manuel Lara 68 72 71, Graeme McDowell 69 69 73, Damien McGrane 67 69 75 -4: Arjun Atwal 70 70 72, S. S. P. Chowrasia 70 71 71 -3: Hendrik Buhrmann 69 69 75, Maarten Lafeber 69 71 73, Ross McGowan 72 71 70 -2: Ross Bain 71 71 72, Benn Barham 69 71 74, Thomas Bjorn 68 72 74, Ernie Els 75 70 69, Gaurav Ghei 75 69 70, Digvijay Singh 70 70 74 -1: Henrik Nystrom 70 71 74 E: Adam Blyth (Australia) 74 71 71, Andrew Coltart 76 69 71, Joakim Haeggman 74 69 73, Mark O Meara 69 73 74, Martin Wiegele 75 68 73, Simon Yates 70 74 72 Also: +1: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 71 75 71 +2: Marcus Fraser (Australia) 73 69 76, Scott Hend (Australia) 71 74 73, Brendan Jones (Australia) 74 68 76 +3: Adam Groom (Australia) 72 73 74, Uno Park (Australia) 71 72 76 +5: Scott Barr (Australia) 73 73 75