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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Els Battles Storm For 2-Stroke Lead

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE


MANILA -- South Africa's Ernie Els made a stunning recovery in the third round of the Johnnie Walker Super Tour as fatigue and a tropical storm combined to weaken his opponents.


Els hit three bogeys in the first five holes but did not make a mistake after that, despite a monsoon storm left over from Typhoon Ernie, and pulled back to score a one-under-par 71 that opened up a two-stroke lead over British stars Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam.


All the players say they are now feeling the strain after playing championship courses in Taipei, Seoul and Manila in four days.


"I think we were really lucky to be playing today. If it had been any worse I think we would have been playing in snorkels," Woosnam said.


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U.S. Open champion Steve Jones and former tournament champion Bob Gilder were tied for the lead Friday after second-round play was suspended due to darkness at the $1.1 million Kapalua International.


Jones and Gilder both shot two-under-par rounds of 69 at the Bay Course, one of two courses being used for this unofficial PGA event. They were tied at 11 under par through 36 holes and led Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Billy Mayfair and Paul Stankowski, who were tied at 10-under.


Woosnam was clearly struggling in a round that included a birdie, two bogeys and some narrow scrapes after tee shots went astray.


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