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GOLF: Darren Clarke witnessed the greatest putting exhibition of his life yesterday as another Swede staged a one-man show on the European Tour.

Two weeks after Mathias Gronberg won the European Open in Ireland by a massive 10 strokes, 27-year-old Patrik Sjoland fired a 62 to take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Canon European Masters in Switzerland.

Sjoland, whose first tour win came in the Italian Open in May with a 21-under-par display, is already 20-under.

Having shot 65 and 66 in the first two rounds, Sjoland's 54-hole total of 193 is just one outside the tour record of compatriot Anders Forsbrand on the same course 11 years ago.

Clarke had a 66 but fell to five adrift and to third place as German Sven Struver's 65 left him as Sjoland's closest challenger.

"Patrik's putting was unbelievable," said the Ulsterman, chasing a victory which would put him top of Europe's Order of Merit.

"It's the finest exhibition of putting I have ever witnessed and my only chance is to steal his putter."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 6, 1998
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