Kjeldsen stays atop Volvo Masters after finish of rain-delayed 3rd round

Updated: November 2, 2008, 8:26 AM ET
Reuters

SOTOGRANDE, Spain -- Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen led the Volvo Masters after the rain-disrupted third round was completed early on Sunday.

While Kjeldsen topped the leaderboard for the third straight round, Briton Lee Westwood was still in with a chance of pulling off a famous double -- winning Europe's closing tournament of the year and clinching his second order of merit.

The 35-year-old Englishman has to win to claim the order of merit.

Kjeldsen's 2-under-par 69 took him to eight-under 205, three shots ahead of Westwood (70) and Spaniard Sergio Garcia (70) as the Dane tried to go one better than last year when he lost in a playoff to Britain's Justin Rose.

Briton Anthony Wall (71) was another stroke behind.

In the order of merit, Swede Robert Karlsson leads by 297,425 euro over second-placed Padraig Harrington and by 466,606 euro over Westwood.

If Westwood wins the tournament, Karlsson will need to finish no lower than fourth to capture his first Vardon Trophy.

Karlsson (72) and Irish triple major-winner Harrington (71) finished the third round on three over, well down the field.

With the bad weather relenting, the fourth and final round was already under way before the third-round leaders had finished their rounds.

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