Gonzalez grabs the lead in Portugal

April 1, 2006 at 4:36 PM

CASCAIS, Portugal, April 1 (UPI) -- With an 8-under-par 64 on Saturday, Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez is the leader after three rounds of the Algarve Open de Portugal in Cascais.

Gonzalez finished the day with a 36-hole score of 13-under 203, and took a one-stroke lead over defending champion Paul Broadhurst of England. Broadhurst held the lead after the first two rounds, but fell to second with a 1-under 71 Saturday.

"I hit a good driver today and made a lot of fairways, and I think that is the key for a good round," said Gonzalez, a three-time winner on the European Tour. He has not won since the Open de Sevilla in 2004 in his native Spain, but has three top-six finishes in the last three months, and ranks second in stroke average this season.

Spain's Carl Suneson (67) is tied for third place with Anthony Wall of England (67) and Finland's Jarmo Sandelin (68) at 11-under 205.

The tournament winner will claim $250,375.

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