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Marcel Siem opens three shot advantage

Once known as golf’s ‘Mr Angry’, Marcel Siem kept his cool and continued to upset the form book with a three-shot lead after the third round of the Wales Open on Saturday.

The German fired a five-under-par 66 over the Twenty Ten course that will host October’s Ryder Cup to surge to 11-under-par 202. Former Ryder Cup player Thomas Bjorn of Denmark (68) and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) were tied for second.

Stephen Gallacher, battling back after a career-threatening illness, lowered the course record by two shots with a 63 to share fourth place with fellow Britons Graeme McDowell (64) and Simon Dyson (65).

Siem’s career has nosedived since winning his only title, the 2004 Dunhill Championship in South Africa, and helping Bernhard Langer claim the World Cup in 2006.

The 29-year-old, ranked 294th in the world, recognised he would need a cool head to claim his second title.

“I want to be a better golfer and the only way to do it is to keep my temper,” Siem told reporters after a second successive flawless card. “I am not so bad now. I just whistle my girlfriend’s favourite tune and think about my two little dogs if I feel angry.

“But I’ve been much better since 2007 when I was trying to win at home in Cologne. I snapped my club in two pieces and when I turned round I saw these kids—I’d scared them. That told me I had to mend my ways.”

Gallacher, who played the first part of the season on a medical extension after suffering sarcoidosis—a disease that affects the immune system and causes severe exhaustion—eagled the 18th to set up a chance of following up his fourth place in the PGA Championship and sixth last week in the Madrid Masters with his second tour victory.

Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie felt the full force of the Twenty Ten course he has modified for the October encounter running up two double-bogeys on his way to the turn in six over.

A more composed inward nine of one-under for a five-over 76, could not put Montgomerie in the mood to speak to reporters after his round and he sped off in a buggy.

Montgomerie, 14 strokes behind the leader, had faced the media on Friday to insist his captaincy was not threatened by newspaper reports of marital indiscretions.



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