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COLOGNE---Former champion Pablo Larrazabal
made five birdies for a 5-under 67 to claim the
overnight lead going into the final day of the BMW
International Open yesterday.
"I m going shot by shot, hole by hole and trying
to make as many birdies as I can," Larrazabal said.
The Spaniard, who won the tournament in a play-
off with compatriot Sergio Garcia in 2011, finished
strongly and holds a three-shot lead at 17-under par,
with eight players tied for second on 14-under.
Larrazabal is yet to drop a shot in the tournament,
but was nevertheless unhappy with his performance
and he acknowledged that the wet course had been
"My game wasn t good today (Friday). I didn t hit
the driver well. I put myself in a little bit of trouble
but I knew how to handle it and to keep it going and
make some birdies coming in. I can play better golf
but---playing like I played, I cannot score better," Lar-
Larrazabal 3 shots clear in
BMW International Open
Emiliano Grillo would be clos-
er to the Spaniard but for a dou-
ble bogey on the final hole. The
Argentine is tied with former
winners Thomas Bjorn (2000
and 2002), Henrik Stenson
(2006) and Robert Karlsson
(1997), as well as Francesco
Molinari, Carlos Del Moral, Rafa
Cabrera-Bello and Richard
Green. The Australian made
eight birdies and an eagle for a
Green also alluded to the
weather s impact.
"The course was firm on
Thursday afternoon, bouncy,
and now all of a sudden it s tar-
get practice now. So you can
pretty much fly it at any pin and
stop it right there," Green said.
Former winner Danny Willett,
who started in a four-way lead
with Larrazabal, Grillo and play-
ing partner Cabrera-Bello, strug-
gled with a shoulder injury.
The Englishman made two
bogeys, but recovered with two
of his three birdies at the final
four holes for a 1-under 71 to
finish in a group at 13 under.
PORT ELIZABETH---South Africa thumped Scotland
55-6 and impressively showed its depth of rugby
talent was a class above the Scots yesterday.
With the match falling outside of the IRB s inter-
national window, the Springboks were missing seven
France-based players while the tourists were without
their English Premiership charges, and the gap in
quality between the replacements was clear, as South
Africa ran in eight unanswered tries.
Flanker Marcell Coetzee, winger Lwazi Mvovo and
lock Lood de Jager scored two tries apiece. Willie le
Roux and JP Pietersen also got on the scoresheet for
the hosts, while Handre Pollard notched five conver-
sions and a penalty on his international debut.
Flyhalf Duncan Weir s two penalties were as good
as it got for Scotland, which found itself outclassed
in just about every department.
Although Vern Cotter s inexperienced side showed
a willingness to front up to South Africa s physical
game, it was often guilty of missing tackles and con-
That kept the Springboks on the front foot, and
the result was never in doubt after they scored three
tries in the opening 17 minutes.
Scotland was yet to lay a hand on the ball when
Coetzee drove over for South Africa s first, and although
Weir answered with a penalty, the hosts quickly con-
verted a second as Jan Serfontein broke the gain line
on the Scottish 22 before the ball was swung wide
for Le Roux to go over unopposed in the corner.
When Pollard s skip pass put Pietersen through a
gap for the centre to provide Mvovo s first try and
South Africa s third, it was clear it was going to be
a long afternoon for Scotland.
However, the visitors began to disrupt the home
side s game and gain some possession for themselves,
and while they were unable to turn it into anything
more than another penalty kick, they did prevent
South Africa from scoring for the next half an hour.
That spell was broken 10 minutes after halftime
when lock Tim Swinson was sent to the sin-bin for
holding back South Africa scrumhalf Francois Hougaard
off the ball.
South Africa used the resulting penalty to set up
a lineout, from which a rolling maul sent Coetzee to
his second try in his first international start since
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