Swedes stay on top in Spain

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Swedish pair Anna Nordqvist and Sophie Gustafson retained their two-shot lead after the third round of the European Nations Cup.

Swedish pair Anna Nordqvist and Sophie Gustafson retained their two-shot lead after the third round of the Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup in Alicante today.
The duo shot a two-under-par 70 in fourballs to sit 17 under overall at La Sella Resort, two clear of Australia’s Karrie Webb and Karen Lunn and the Danes Iben Tinning and Lisa Holm Sorensen. Australia and Denmark both fired 67s.
Four birdies and two bogeys gave Sweden their worst round of the tournament, following an opening 67 and a 62 yesterday.
“We didn’t quite cut it today. I couldn’t get my putter going,” Gustafson said.
“I thought I was playing well but couldn’t make anything. I’m looking forward to the Valencian Cup format tomorrow.”
With Nordqvist ranked seven in the world and Gustafson 21st, Nordqvist feels their experience could be key heading into the final round.
“I think it’s only to our advantage knowing that we have that much experience. Hopefully it will be to our advantage and we’ll try our best tomorrow,” she added.
The French team of Gwladys Nocera and Jade Schaeffer, who shot a 66 today, and Italian duo Giulia Sergas and Veronica Zorzi, who hit a 68, were three shots off the pace on 14 under.
Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon of America carded a 65 to move up the leaderboard and onto 13 under.
Russia’s Maria Verchenova and Anastasia Kostina and Spain’s Tania Elosegui and Emma Cabrera-Bello were a shot further back.
The Welsh team of Becky Brewerton and Breanne Loucks enjoyed their best day of the tournament, a 66 moving them on to 11 under with Scotland’s Catriona Matthew and Krystle Caithness, who went round in 67.
A second successive 69 from England’s Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid left them in a tie for 13th place on seven under.

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