Ramsay’s day of toil and trouble

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Richie Ramsay was still battling for the Wales Open lead late into the night – and still faces a possible two-stroke penalty.

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay continued to battle for the Wales Open lead late into the night at Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course – but he ended an interrupted and unfinished third round facing the possibility of a two-stroke penalty tomorrow.
After the start of Saturday’s round had been delayed for well over six hours after heavy rain had flooded fairways and bunkers, play went on until almost 9pm.
But that was not quite enough time for the last group to finish and when the action was halted halfway leader Ramsay was four under par with two to go and one behind England’s Nick Dougherty, Spaniard Ignacio Garrido and little-known Dane Jeppe Huldahl.
However, Tour chief referee John Paramor then took the Tour rookie away to study an incident on the eighth hole.
Placing of the ball was in operation because of the conditions and Ramsay was questioned over whether he had improved his area of intended swing by pressing down the ground behind where he was going to play his next shot from.
At 10.40pm there had still been no decision and the final judgment was put off until just before Ramsay resumes his round at 8.15am on Sunday morning.
“Obviously it’s something Richie is concerned about,” said Paramor. “He says he was just trying to find any casual water, but he now knows that’s not the way to go about it.
“If he’s absolutely positive he did not improve his area of swing then I can’t impose a penalty on him based on what I’ve seen on television, but it’s been left with Richie to come back to us in the morning.”
Meanwhile, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, joint eighth overnight, fell all the way back to 46th on three over par with a desperately disappointing 78.
It took only five holes for things to go wrong for the 45-year-old, chasing his first win in two years – and a first top 10 finish in almost a year.
On the short third he came up short and rolled down the bank into the lake and at the 433-yard fifth he went from a fairway bunker into more water by the green.
American cup captain Corey Pavin, who had survived the cut with nothing to spare at two over, was two over following a 72.
Dougherty made a magnificent recovery from a front nine 40, picking up three birdies and then a closing eagle in the gathering gloom for an inward 30.
More downpours are forecast for the final day and Dougherty said: “I prepared as if this was the last round and I’m proud of myself because I got into the lead.
“I backed myself, which is something I’ve not done for a year. I deserved the good results I got and my putter got hot again.
“If you trust yourself there’s a good chance it will happen.”
Huldahl, who has never had a top 10 finish in 44 events on the circuit, shot a superb three under 68, while Garrido had a level par 71.
England’s Ross Fisher and Robert Rock, joint second at halfway and Ramsay’s playing partners, were both back to two under when play ended.
LATEST THIRD ROUND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

Note: The third round was suspended due to darkness. The three players still on the course will resume play tomorrow at 08.15am local time. The final round will not start before 09.40am local time.
208 Jeppe Huldahl (Den) 69 71 68, Nick Dougherty 66 72 70, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 68 69 71
209 Paul Waring 71 68 70, Simon Dyson 74 65 70
210 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 69 68 73, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 71 68 71, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 67 71 72, Richard Green (Aus) 68 71 71, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 70 70 70, Mark Foster 69 69 72, Paul McGinley 68 71 71
211 Chris Wood 72 69 70, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 70 69 72, Klas Eriksson (Swe) 70 72 69, Danny Willett 73 66 72, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 67 73 71
212 Richard Finch 71 68 73, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 70 70 72, Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe) 70 67 75, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 69 70 73, Oliver Fisher 72 69 71
213 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 69 68 76, Gary Lockerbie 69 70 74, Gary Orr 68 73 72, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 66 73 74, Rhys Davies 73 69 71, Santiago Luna (Spa) 73 69 71, Simon Khan 69 73 71
214 Shiv Kapur (Ind) 73 67 74, David Lynn 69 73 72, John Bickerton 69 70 75
215 Alan McLean 66 73 76, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 72 67 76, Peter Lawrie 69 72 74, Lee Slattery 68 73 74, Callum Macaulay 68 71 76, Stephen Dodd 72 67 76, Corey Pavin (USA) 72 72 71, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 69 72 74, Christopher Doak 72 69 74, Bradley Dredge 74 70 71
216 Iain Pyman 72 72 72, Colin Montgomerie 69 69 78, Branden Grace (Rsa) 70 72 74, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 70 72 74, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 72 70 74, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 69 72 75, Marc Cayeux (Zim) 70 69 77
217 Marcus Higley 72 72 73, Andrew Oldcorn 76 68 73, Robert Dinwiddie 71 71 75, Michael Curtain (Aus) 71 72 74, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 73 69 75, David Frost (Rsa) 66 76 75
218 Jonathan Caldwell 72 72 74, Eirik Tage Johansen (Nor) 75 69 74, Sion Bebb 75 69 74, Scott Drummond 74 70 74, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 72 72 74, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 74 70 74
219 Joakim Haeggman (Swe) 72 72 75, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 71 71 77, Benn Barham 69 72 78, Marcel Siem (Ger) 74 68 77
220 Taco Remkes (Ned) 67 75 78, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 68 76 76
221 Scott Strange (Aus) 72 72 77, Tim Dykes 68 75 78, Birgir Hafthorsson (Ice) 69 73 79
224 Mark Brown (Nzl) 70 73 81
227 Alfredo Garcia-Heredia (Spa) 72 71 84

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