Kjeldsen seizes 1-shot lead in Spain

Updated: March 28, 2009, 1:57 PM ET
Reuters

SEVILLE, Spain -- A dazzling run of seven successive birdies helped Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen take a one-shot lead after the Andalucia Open third round on Saturday.

Kjeldsen also picked up a late eagle to break the Real Club course record, and his career-best score by a stroke, a 10-under-par 62, earned a 14-under aggregate of 202.

He looked unassailable when he stood six shots clear but was almost caught by second-placed David Drysdale of Britain, who gained four strokes in the last three holes to return a 66.

Briton Alastair Forsyth (68) and Spaniard Carlos Del Moral (69) shared third spot, four off the pace.

Kjeldsen holed from 45-feet for an eagle three at the long 16th and was one birdie shy of the European Tour consecutive record of eight after starting his charge at the seventh hole.

"I was so much in my zone I didn't realize I was on for equalling the record on the 14th," Kjeldsen told reporters.

"When you are playing that well you lose track of how many birdies you've made."

The 33-year-old Dane, now based in Ascot, England, hit form at a good time, 12 days before he makes his debut at the Masters.

After his form dipped following a second European victory, in the 2008 Volvo Masters at Valderrama, Kjeldsen sought the assistance of triple major champion Padraig Harrington's mental coach.

"I went to Bob Rotella about doubt that had crept into my mind over technical things and he cleared my head for me," said the leader.

"I'd read his books but Padraig gave me Bob's number so I have him to thank for the help I got."

A tie for seventh at the WGC-CA Championship in Miami two weeks ago also restored Kjeldsen's confidence.

"The field we had in Miami doesn't get much better so I'm looking forward greatly to Augusta," he said.

"I'm definitely going there with high hopes, not just to enjoy myself."

Scot Drysdale is seeking his maiden tour title. The 34-year-old has twice lost his tour card by a single stroke but was boosted by a third-place finish at the Joburg Open in January.

Halfway leader Marcel Siem of Germany slumped six strokes off the pace with a 73.

Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, playing in his 500th European Tour event, carded a 75 for 214.

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