Date: June 22, 2008

O’Malley a long way back

Australian Peter O&aposMalley is 11 shots off the lead at the BMW International Open in Munich after firing a third round of 68. O&aposMalley shot six birdies and conceded just two boyes on his way to recording four-under for the day. The Aussie is now on seven-under overall – a long way off leader Martin Kaymer (18-under) who is poised for his second win of the year – and a probable leap to sixth on the Ryder Cup table. The next best of the trans-Tasman contingent are Kiwi Gareth Paddison (two-under) and O&aposMalley&aposs compatriot Peter Fowler (one-under). Kaymer, last season&aposs European Tour Rookie of the Year, goes into the final round of the tournament with a six-stroke lead. The 23-year-old from Dusseldorf, who opened a five-shot advantage with his second-round 63, thrilled his home crowd again with a bogey-free 67. South African Charl Schwartzel is Kaymer&aposs closest challenger on 12-under. Joint third, one further back on 11-under, are English trio Paul Casey, Ross Fisher and Benn Barham and Frenchman Thomas Levet. Kaymer, who will be making his Open Championship debut at Royal Birkdale in a month&aposs time, had his overnight advantage cut to two by the time he teed off again in the glorious sunshine, but after birdies on the 6th, 8th and 9th – he pitched to within inches of the hole there – he was back firmly in the driving seat. A chip-and-putt four on the long 11th widened the gap still further and the &aposold head on young shoulders&apos, which Bernhard Langer talked about after being so impressed on the first two days, put the icing on the cake with a closing 25-footer. Kaymer, who showed in the Middle East in January he could win from the front, currently lies 10th in the Ryder Cup race, but can go move ahead of Oliver Wilson, Henrik Stenson, Nick Dougherty and Graeme McDowell. Wilson and Dougherty are on a week off, McDowell missed the cut and Stenson managed only an even-par round of 72 to remain seven-under. Langer, whose first cap in 1981 came when he was only 24, compared his compatriot to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with his mixture of aggression and good sense. “Going by the last two days he can go a long way – I don&apost think there are any limits if he keeps that up and I don&apost think it&aposs too early (to face the Americans),” said the double Masters champion. “He is a winner and he has proved that.” Colin Montgomerie threatened to get into contention when he reached eight-under after 11 holes, but although he added two more birdies there was also a double bogey on the 13th and bogey on the short 17th. That added up to a 68 and seven-under total – too far back to have a chance unless Kaymer comes back to the field. Iain Pyman had the low round of the day, an eight-under 64 which lifted the former British amateur champion from the cut line to nine-under. Kaymer, seen holding his back and stomach towards the end of the round, said afterwards he was fine and added: “I&aposm very happy – and I&aposm really looking forward to tomorrow.” So is Casey. Even if he cannot catch the youngster he has a chance to post his best finish of the season, boost his own Ryder Cup hopes and take some wine off American coach Peter Kostis. “He set me the target of scoring lower today than I did yesterday and if I do the same in the final round I might win some wine,” he said. Third Round of the BMW International Open (Par 72): -18: Martin Kaymer 68 63 67 -12: Charl Schwartzel 69 69 66 -11: Benn Barham 68 68 69, Paul Casey 70 68 66, Ross Fisher 70 68 67, Thomas Levet 69 69 67 -10: Francois Delamontagne 70 66 70, Anders Hansen 69 70 67, David Lynn 67 73 66, Tino Schuster 69 68 69 -9: Mark Foster 67 72 68, Retief Goosen 69 69 69, Iain Pyman 69 74 64, Joel Sjoholm 71 71 65, Graeme Storm 68 69 70 -8: John Bickerton 70 70 68, Ariel Canete 73 65 70 Also: -7: Peter O Malley (Australia) 66 75 68 -2: Gareth Paddison (New Zealand) 70 70 74 -1: Peter Fowler (Australia) 71 70 74 +7: Mark Brown (New Zealand) 72 71 80