Fasth, Murphy share third-round lead at Mallorca

Updated: October 21, 2006, 9:21 PM ET
Associated Press

SON SERVERA, Mallorca -- Niclas Fasth and Gary Murphy each shot even-par 70 Saturday to maintain their one-stroke lead at the Mallorca Classic.

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T-1. Fasth (-3)
T-1. Murphy (-3)
3. O'Malley (-2)
T-4. Hanson (-1)
T-4. Warren (-1)
T-6. Garcia (E)
T-6. Jeppesen (E)

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Fasth and Murphy, at 3-under 207 overall, have shared the lead since the first round. Peter O'Malley (68) trails by one stroke, and Peter Hanson (68) and Marc Warren (71) are two behind.

Sergio Garcia shot his third consecutive 70 and trails by three strokes with Steven Jeppesen (69).

"There were a lot of good shots but unfortunately a couple of bad ones, and I couldn't really get anything going," Garcia said. "If it's windy, an under-par score might do it, and if not I'll need to shoot a 65."

The top 60 on the money list after the Mallorca Classic qualify for the Volvo Masters. The top 118 retain their playing cards for next year.

Murphy is 118th and would clinch a two-year tour exemption with the title.

"I'm pretty happy although I left a couple of shots out there," Murphy said. "I'm a bit surprised to still be leading as the conditions were a lot better, but it's so easy to drop silly shots out there and that's what I was trying to avoid."

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