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Masson ahead in Tenerife

22nd September 2012, 08:40pm

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Caroline Masson: Holds one-shot lead

Caroline Masson: Holds one-shot lead

Germany's Caroline Masson climbed to the top of the leaderboard with one round remaining of the Tenerife Open de Espana Femenino.

The 23-year-old followed up rounds of 69 on the opening two days with a two-under-par 70 in blustery conditions to move to eight under for the tournament.

That gave her a one-stroke lead over Australian Stacey Keating, who posted the same score.

Masson has a title by her name already this season, having triumphed at the South African Women's Open in July, and would savour a second.

She said of her round: "I'm glad I could finish two under. I think that's a good score in the wind and I'm just happy with my situation for tomorrow.

"If it's windy, it always makes it difficult but it's about playing the right shot at the right time and shaping shots and I am able to shape it. If you are playing well, the wind doesn't really matter."

A two-over 74 from Nikki Garrett knocked the overnight leader down to a share of fourth place, three shots off the pace.

She played the front nine in a dismal 40 before a pair of birdies on the way home eased the pain.

Australian Garrett won this tournament five years ago and will head into the final round still with a live chance of repeating that victory.

She shared fourth with France's Celine Palomar, who had a 73.

Palomar's compatriot Joanna Klatten was one stroke better off in third place on six under after a level-par 72.

Wales' Lydia Hall stood in a share of ninth place on three under after a solid round of 69, with England's Trish Johnson and Hannah Burke alongside her after their respective scores of 72 and 73.

Burke did well to stay under par for the tournament in the end, with the 24-year-old having followed a triple-bogey seven on the second with a double-bogey six at the third. She played the back nine in four-under 32.

Laura Davies fell away from sixth place to 20th after a five-over 77 put her on level par.

Third round collated scores and totals (Par 72):

208 Caroline Masson (Ger) 69 69 70

209 Stacey Keating (Aus) 70 69 70

210 Joanna Klatten (Fra) 69 69 72

211 Nikki Garrett (Aus) 64 73 74, Celine Palomar (Fra) 71 67 73

212 Lee-Anne Pace (Rsa) 68 72 72, Nontaya Srisawang (Tha) 71 69 72, Esther Choe (USA) 70 69 73

213 Lydia Hall (Wal) 70 74 69, Trish Johnson (Eng) 67 74 72, Hannah Burke (Eng) 70 70 73

214 Gwladys Nocera (Fra) 70 73 71, Diana Luna (Ita) 72 72 70, Sophie Sandolo (Ita) 69 70 75, Tania Elosegui (Spa) 69 74 71

215 Florentyna Parker (Eng) 69 69 77, Maria Ohlsson (Swe) 73 72 70, Carlota Ciganda (Spa) 71 70 74, Ashleigh Simon (Rsa) 70 73 72

216 Laura Davies (Eng) 69 70 77, Veronica Zorzi (Ita) 68 74 74, Henrietta Zuel (Eng) 73 72 71, Rebecca Hudson (Eng) 71 73 72, Miriam Nagl (Ger) 68 74 74, Caroline Westrup (Swe) 73 73 70, Pamela Feggans (Sco) 75 71 70, Holly Aitchison (Eng) 73 71 72

217 Melissa Reid (Eng) 74 69 74, Anais Maggetti (Swi) 69 73 75, Rachel Bailey (Aus) 73 70 74, Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha) 74 70 73, Tandi Cuningham (Rsa) 75 71 71, Jessica Yadloczky (USA) 72 73 72, Rebecca Artis (Aus) 69 76 72, Julie Greciet (Fra) 69 72 76

218 Valentine Derrey (Fra) 74 71 73, Cassandra Kirkland (Fra) 71 70 77, Rebecca Codd (Irl) 72 73 73, Carly Booth (Sco) 72 69 77, Lucie Andre (Fra) 73 72 73

219 Connie Chen (Rsa) 72 72 75, Clare Queen (Sco) 73 72 74, Carmen Alonso (Spa) 71 75 73, Sara Beautell Largo (Spa) 70 71 78, Danielle Montgomery (Eng) 71 74 74, Charlotte Ellis (Eng) 72 71 76, Elizabeth Bennett (Eng) 69 74 76, Malene Jorgensen (Den) 70 74 75, Monique Smit (Rsa) 72 72 75

220 Dawn Shockley (USA) 70 74 76, Sophie Walker (Eng) 73 71 76, Stefania Croce (Ita) 72 71 77, Line Vedel (Den) 75 70 75, Carin Koch (Swe) 70 74 76, Beth Allen (USA) 73 71 76

221 Frances Bondad (Aus) 69 74 78, Georgina Simpson (Eng) 73 71 77

222 Barbara Genuini (Fra) 72 74 76, Bree Arthur (Aus) 74 70 78, Margherita Rigon (Ita) 71 75 76, Sophie Giquel-Bettan (Fra) 77 69 76

224 Kylie Walker (Sco) 73 72 79

225 Laura Cabanillas (Spa) 71 75 79

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