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Bjorn shoots 70 to retain lead

1/31/2004

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a
2-under-par 70 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final
round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

Bjorn had just one bogey, on the 13th hole, and is at 14-under
202 after three rounds at the Alpine Golf and Sports Club. He leads
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain by one stroke. Jimenez shot a 5-under
67 to move up from fourth place.

"I had a chance today to put some air in between me and some
real threats," Bjorn said. "But by only getting it to 14 under, a
couple of guys are still in the golf tournament."

Defending champion Ernie Els of South Africa missed an easy putt
on the final hole and finished with a 69 for the round. He is at
10-under 206 and tied for eighth for the tournament.

Thailand-based Simon Yates of Scotland was tied for third at 204
with Richard Green of Australia. Green carded a 67, and Yates had
his third straight 68.

Nick Faldo (72), Colin Montgomerie (67) and PGA champion Shaun
Micheel (67) were tied for 15th, five strokes back at 9 under.