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Casey Seizes German Masters Lead

September 14, 2002

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PULHEIM, Germany (AP) _ Paul Casey shot a course-record 10-under-par 62 Saturday for a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the German Masters.

Casey made a 4-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to beat the previous course record of 63, set in 1998 by Australia’s Rodger Davis, and move to 19-under 197.

``To be honest, I wasn’t too aware until the 14th hole that it could be a low round,″ Casey said. ``Until then, it was a case of chasing the leaders.″

Australia’s Stephen Leaney shot a 66 and Germany’s Alex Cejka had a 63 to move into a tie for second at 17-under 199.

The 25-year-old Casey offset a bogey at No. 10 with nine birdies and an eagle on the 7,289-yard Gut Laerchenhof course.

None of Europe’s Ryder Cup team members were in contention just 13 days before facing the United State team at The Belfry in England.

Colin Montgomerie, coming off a two-week layoff to rest his ailing back, followed a 66 Friday with a 4-under 68 and was at 11-under 205, eight strokes off the lead.

Montgomerie had threatened to pull out of the Ryder Cup if he wasn’t healthy enough to last all three days.

``To be honest, this week was a bit of a test. I’m fine, no problems,″ the Scotsman said. ``Now I just need a good round tomorrow.″

British Open champion Ernie Els shot a 4-under 68 and was in a six-way tie at 9-under 207, 10 strokes off the lead.

European Ryder Cup players Bernhard Langer and Sweden’s Pierre Fulke both shot 66s. Langer was at 12-under 204, while Fulke was at 10-under 206.

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