Bjorn shoots 70 to retain lead

Updated: January 31, 2004, 11:01 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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