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CRANS-SUR-SIERRE---Craig Lee of Scotland fired
a ten-under 61 to surge into a two-shot lead after
the third round of the European Masters yesterday.
Lee birdied the first six holes, and had 11 birdies
overall, to equal the lowest round in a European Tour
event this year. That gave the 348th-ranked Lee a 16-
under total of 197.
Three players were tied for second: Thomas Bjorn,
the 2011 champion from Denmark, Alejandro Canizares
of Spain and Victor Dubuisson of France.
Lee, who has never won a European Tour event,
said it was "comfortably my best round ever."
"It was surreal to see all these great golf shots go
down on the same day," said the Scot, who birdied
nine of the first ten holes and briefly threatened to
shoot the first ever 59 on the European circuit.
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain, the 2010 champion,
and Tommy Fleetwood of England both shot 69 to
sit five shots behind Lee in a tie for fifth place.
Lee covered the outward nine in 28 strokes, equaling
the best this year on the European Tour, by Chinnarat
Phadungsil of India at the Avantha Masters in New
Only Phadungsil and Tiger Woods, at the Bridgestone
Invitational---an event co-sanctioned by the European
Tour---shot 61 this year before Lee matched them.
"It was pretty special. You get off to a start like that
and it steadies the nerves," said Lee, whose card was
blemished by a bogey at the par-14 12th after pushing
his tee shot into trees on the right.
He came straight back with two more birdies, includ-
MONZA---Championship leader Sebastian Vettel
will start the Italian Grand Prix from pole position
after posting the fastest time in qualifying yesterday,
while Lewis Hamilton s bid for a fifth straight pole
ended in disappointment and Fernando Alonso also
had a difficult session.
Vettel has won the Italian GP twice and will be hard
to stop after securing his 40th career pole in impressive
fashion. He will share the front row with teammate
"Bit of a surprise to have both cars on the front
row in a place where historically we ve had bad years,"
said Vettel, whose win here in 2011 remains Red Bull s
only podium at Monza. "Hopefully we ll have good
race tomorrow, too. It was a tough session but we
managed to get through and get a great result."
Alonso needed a strong performance but finished
fifth behind his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa and
Sauber s Nico Hulkenberg, who was a surprising third.
Hamilton placed a lowly 12th in his Mercedes for
his worst performance since last year s Spanish GP,
while Kimi Raikkonen also recorded his poorest qual-
ifying run of the campaign in 11th.
Vettel was in top form as he posted the leading time
in Q1 and then Q2, with his team saying "right Sebas-
tian, that s quick enough" over race radio.
Alonso was second fastest in an eventful Q2 where
Hamilton, last year s winner from pole position, took
the Parabolica turn too wide on the left. He went off
into the gravel briefly and was unable to generate any
speed after that.
"That s the worst I ve driven for a long, long time.
I m sorry to the team," Hamilton said. "I just didn t
drive well. There s not really much more to say. I was
quick in Q1 and then, I don t know."
Vettel earned the first of his 31 career victories in
Monza in 2008 with Toro Rosso and won here from
pole two years ago. Rain is expected for today, and
that may be his rivals best hope to challenge the Ger-
man, given the pace he showed all day yesterday and
most of Friday. (AP)
ing an eight-footer on the par-three 13th to bring the
elusive 59 into sight.
On another day of low scoring in the Swiss Alps
thin air and sunshine, Ross Fisher of England shot 63
to be ten under, six behind Lee. Fisher was joined by
American Brooks Koepka, who went round in 69.
Richard Finch of England made a hole-in-one at
the 208-yard 13th. (AP)
Craig Lee of Scotland hits the ball during
the third round of the Omega European
Masters Golf Tournament in Crans
Montana, Switzerland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Lee shoots 61 to
lead Euro Masters
Vettel gets pole
position for Italian GP
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