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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE---Billy
Horschel made a 32-foot birdie
putt to close out a 7-under 63 and
take a three-shot lead over Ryan
Palmer into the final round of the
BMW Championship in Col-
Horschel, who had a chance to
win the Deutsche Bank Champi-
onship before chunking a 6-iron
from the 18th fairway on Monday,
birdied 14 and 15 to take the lead.
His birdie on 18 left him at 13-
A few minutes later, Palmer
answered with a 30-footer on 18
to draw within three.
US Open champion Martin
Kaymer shot a 64 to get within
five, tied with Masters champion
Bubba Watson (66) and one shot
ahead of Rickie Fowler (66).
Second-round leader Sergio
Garcia faded, shooting 72 to fall
Meanwhile, Keegan Bradley
made a decision that could cost
him a chance at $10 million by
withdrawing from the BMW
Championship yesterday, more
than 24 hours after taking a drop
he wasn t sure was legal.
Bradley s approach to the 18th
green in the first round on Thurs-
day embedded in a pitch mark and
he took a free drop. Players get the
free drop if the ball comes to rest
in its own pitch mark, but Bradley
spoke with a fan near the green
who told him the ball bounced and
came to rest in a different pitch
Bradley had doubts about the
ruling heading into Friday. He dis-
cussed the drop with a US PGA
Tour rules official, who absolved
him of any wrongdoing, but even
after that, Bradley said it didn t
feel like the right call.
"It s eating me alive," Bradley
said. "I didn t call my fellow com-
petitors for help in the first place
and that bothers me. I know the
official approved the drop but I
just can t be absolutely sure it was
the right spot."
Bradley came into the week
ranked 28th in the FedEx Cup. The
top 30 after this week s tournament
advance to the Tour Champi-
onship, where everyone has a
mathematical chance at the $10
million first prize that goes to the
FedEx champ. With the third round
underway, Bradley s projected
standing had fallen to 35th. Those
numbers will change through the
Regardless, the 2011 US PGA
champion, who will play the Ryder
Cup as one of Tom Watson s cap-
tain s picks, felt he did the right
"I just feel withdrawing is the
right thing to do to protect the
field in the BMW Championship
and the Tour Championship next
week," Bradley said.
Earlier, Phil Mickelson also with-
drew from the BMW. He said he
wanted to rest to prepare for the
Ryder Cup. He was 14 shots out
of the lead and needed to finish at
least fourth to have a chance to
advance to the Tour Champi-
lead at BMW
CRANS-MONTANA---Graeme Storm of England fired
a hole-in-one in his third round 6-under 64 to lead
the European Masters in Switzerland, yesterday.
Storm s 16-under total of 194 was one stroke clear
of Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who shot 63 on
the sunbathed, 6,848-yard (6,262-metre) Severiano
Using a 6-iron, Storm aced the 217-yard (198-metre)
par-3 11th to win a hybrid sports car valued at $186,000.
Storm, who is 159th in the European Tour money
list, currently does not own a car and earned a more
modest prize for his previous hole-in-one in March
at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
"There is a big difference between a lamp and a car
like that," said the 36-year-old Storm, whose only
career win was seven years ago.
Brooks Koepka of the United States trailed Storm
by two after making double-bogey on the par-4 18th.
Another American, David Lipsky, shot 66 to be
three strokes off the lead in fourth.
Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson of Wales was
a further stroke back, losing the lead after triple- and
double-bogeys on par-4s coming home.
Joining Donaldson on 12 under were overnight leader
Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Tyrrell Hatton of Eng-
Storm shoots 6-under 64
to lead European Masters
Billy Horschel reacts after putting out on the 18th hole to claim the lead
after the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament in
Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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