French Pair Dominate Pairs Golf
Oct. 11, 1997
BORDEAUX, France (AP) _ Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal left themselves an 8-shot deficit going into the final round of the $560,000 Novotel Open Pairs tournament after a third-round 67 Saturday.
But Ballesteros refused to accept defeat.
``It's a lot of shots, but there will be plenty of time to make up the difference Sunday,'' the captain of the winning European Ryder Cup team said.
Battling wet and windy conditions, the little-known French duo of Raphael Jacquelin and Jeff Remesy opened a 4-shot lead over the Swedish team of Anders Forsbrand and Michael Jonzon after the third round.
Jacquelin and Remesy, both playing their first full seasons on the European Tour and who shared their first competitive round together Thursday, shot a 5-under-par 66 over the 6,909-yard Medoc Club course to go 14-under at 199.
`` We won't be particularly nervous tomorrow,'' Remesy said, ``But we would appreciate better weather.''
Forsgbrand and Jonzon combined for a 64, including an eagle, and were at 203.
The final round will be singles play, with each player's score counting toward the team total.