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Ireland’s McGinley Tops OKI Pro-AM

October 25, 1997

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Ireland’s Paul McGinley fired an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the $724,000 OKI Pro-Am golf tournament.

McGinley, who carded eight birdies, had gone into the round tied for the lead with New Zealand’s Michael Campbell. But Campbell shot a 75 to finish with a three-day total of 208, 11 behind the Irishman.

``It’s a tremendous feeling,″ said McGinley. ``I’m hitting so many greens....I’m giving myself so many birdie chances.″

Scotland’s Raymond Russell shot a 4-under-par 68 to move into second while New Zealand’s Greg Turner was another stroke back after shooting a 5-under 67 at the 6,551 yards La Moraleja Golf Club.

``I played well and my putting was good,″ said Russell who hit six birdies after firing three opening bogeys. ``Tomorrow I have to play well and, you never know, I could catch McGinley.″

England’s Jonathan Lomas and Spain’s Juan Carlos Pinero were in fourth place at 205 after shooting a 69 and 68, respectively.

The tournament, which ends Sunday, carries a first prize of $122,000.

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