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Jiminez, Rumford tie Ballantine’s lead as weather interrupts play

By April 30, 2011No Comments

Miguel Angel Jiminez drew level with Brett Rumford at 10-under par during the third round of the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea, but the round was interrupted by heavy downpours of rain and a thunder and lightning warning that forced the abandonment of the remainder of the day’s play.

Australian player Rumford had started the day three shots clear but while he could only muster an outward half of level-par 36, Ryder Cup player Jiminez carded three birdies to turn in 33 and share the lead.

The pair are two clear of a group of seven players which includes Wales’ Rhys Davies, United States’ Dustin Johnson, Swedish pair Rickard Karlberg and Alex Noren, Dane Soren Kjeldsen, India’s Shiv Kapur and South Korean Dae-hyun Kim.

World number one Lee Westwood needs to finish no worse than fifth this week to keep top spot and was 2-under par through 12 holes to reach 6-under par overall, but had pulled his tee-shot at the par-3 13th hole well to the left and atop a steep bank seconds before the warning claxon was sounded to bring play to a halt.

Westwood shares 6-under and T11 with Ireland’s Shane Lowry who was 4-under par with one to play.

Westwood’s fellow tipster pick, Dutchman Robert Jan-Derksen was also making progress through the field and was 2-under par through 16 holes to move into a share of 14th place on 4-under; while Thongchai Jaidee was struggling, reaching the turn in 2-over par 38 to drop to 3-over par overall through nine holes.



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