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Britain, Ireland Lead Continental Europe in Golf Competition - 2002-04-21


Britain and Ireland lead Continental Europe, 10-6 after the second day of the Seve Trophy matchplay golf competition at the Druid's Glen golf course in (Wicklow) Ireland.

Britain and Ireland increased its lead in the morning fourball competition, winning three of the four matches. Continental Europe's only win came when the tournament namesake Seve Ballesteros teamed with former Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal to beat Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley two and one (two strokes ahead and one hole to play).

The two teams split the afternoon foursomes competition, with Ian Woosnam and Steve Webster halving the match with Thomas Bjorn and Robert Karlsson. Harrington and McGinley beat Alex Cejka of Germany and Sweden's Niclas Fasth one up.

Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez defeated Colin Montgomerie and Daren Clarke one-up. Paul Lawrie and Andrew Oldcorn halved their match with the French pair of Thomas Levet and Raphael Jacquelin.

Britain and Ireland only need three and one-half points from Sunday's 10 singles matches to take the trophy.

Meanwhile, former British Open winner Justin Leonard of the United States has a three-stroke lead headed into the final round of the Heritage of Golf Worldcom Classic in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Leonard fired a five under par, 66 on the Harbour Town Golf Links course and is at 16-under-par, 197 for three rounds. Three strokes back is Cameron Beckman who shot a four-under-par, 67 in his third round.

Americans Heath Slocum and Phil Mickelson are tied for third at 12 under par 201. Slocum shot a five under par, 66 in his third round while Mickleson shot a one-over-par, 72.

Angel Cabrera of Argentina and Davis Love the third of the United States are tied for fifth at 10-under-par, 203. Cabrera fired a one-under-par, 70 in his third round while Love shot a one-over-par, 72.

In women's golf, American golfer Cristie Kerr appears to be well on her way to her first victory on the ladies tour, building a five-stroke lead heading in the the final round today (Sunday) of an event in Lincoln, California.

Kerr fired a five-under-par 67 Saturday for an 11-under (205) total.

Australia's Jane Crafter is in second, followed by three others, six shots off the lead. They are American Heather Bowie, and South Koreans Kim Mi Hyun and Han Hee-Won.

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