Bjorn takes lead in British Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the British Open at Royal St George's.

Bjorn takes lead in British Open

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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Open at Royal St George's after a third round 69 containing an eagle, a birdie and just one bogey, left him the only player under par. However, some of the world's best players are gathered behind him with 1997 USPGA champion and world number four Davis Love a shot behind and Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh another shot adrift. Sergio Garcia and American Kenny Perry, winner of three of his last four events and third in the US Open in the other, are also on one over par with 12 players within four shots of the lead. Woods holed a shot from the bunker at the 7th to take the lead at the Open on Saturday, then dropped back. Woods electrified the crowd with a pair of eagles on the front side, surging into the lead for the first time in the tournament with a 5-under 31. But he played the treacherous back nine at 3 over to finish with a 69. Fiji's Vijay Singh made this eagle putt on the 7th to finish one over par. And pity Mark Roe, who played as well as anyone, but was sent home from the event for using the wrong scorecard. In an incident that will be recalled for as long as the 143-year-old tournament is played, Roe was disqualified along with playing partner Jesper Parnevik for forgetting to exchange their scorecards. The 40-year-old from Sheffield was close to tears after his 67 which would have left him joint third, only two behind the lead, was removed from the record books less than 30 minutes later. Amid all the craziness, Thomas Bjorn plodded along with a bunch of pars, good enough to grab the lead on a warm sunny day at Royal St. George's. The Dane shot a 2-under-par 69 that left him at 1 under through 54 holes - and the only player under par heading into the final round on Sunday. Sergio Garcia and American Kenny Perry, winner of three of his last four events and third in the US Open in the other, are also on one over par with 12 players within four shots of the lead. The best shot of the day was Garcia's at the 17th. After nearly losing his ball in the thick rough along the left side, he needed two whacks just to advance it to the fairway. But then, from 60 yards out, he chipped in. (AP)

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