Cevaer, Singh are European Open co-leaders

May 30, 2009 at 4:45 PM

ASH, England, May 30 (UPI) -- France's Christian Cevaer and India's Jeev Milkha Singh are co-leaders after 54 holes at the European Open golf tournament in Ash, England.

Cevaer shot 2-under-par 70 Saturday, while Singh managed a 1-under 71.

Their three-round total is 9-under 207, three strokes better than Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (68), Spain's Alvaro Quiros (69) and England's Chris Wood (68).

The field was hampered Saturday by gusty winds on the course at the London Golf Club.

"I was missing a lot of putts and it was windy," Singh, also a second-round co-leader, noted. "I said (to myself) 'just hang in there.' I had a shaky start, but I covered up with a good finish."

It is the third time in his career Singh has held at least a share of a third-round lead, while Cevaer had never previously held a 54-hole lead after Saturday play.

"I managed to strike a perfect drive (at the 18th hole)," Cevaer said. "That's brilliant for me."

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