Aus-some day at World Cup

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, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

SHENZHEN, China -- Brendan Jones made a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole yesterday, giving Australia a 9-under 63 and a share of the lead with Spain after the third round of the World Cup of Golf.

The Canadian duo of Calgary's Wes Heffernan and Graham Delaet of Weyburn, Sask., carded a 3-under 69 and sit eighth, 10 shots off the pace.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Pablo Larrazabal of Spain, who held a four-stroke lead after two rounds, settled for a 67 yesterday.

Jimenez missed a six-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, which would have kept Spain in the outright lead. Co-leaders Spain and Australia were at 22-under.

Jones and teammate Richard Green have thrived in the fourball style of play.

On Thursday, they also shot a 63 in fourball.

Today's final, however, will be played in foursomes (alternate shot). Spain shot a blistering 63 Friday playing that format.

In foursomes, teams play one ball and alternate the shots. Fourball is easier because each golfer plays his own ball, but the team only counts the best of the two scores on each hole.

Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson of Sweden, the two highest-ranked players in the event, shot 66 and are four strokes off the lead.

Germany was another stroke back after a 68.

Ireland (68) trailed by seven and the U.S. (69) and Japan (68) were eight behind.

Australia pulled even with Spain on the 15th with an eagle.

Jones landed his 180-yard approach -- using a nine-iron -- and then holed his five-foot putt.

"I actually got some chills up the back of my spine when the crowd sort of thought it was a pretty decent shot and they all cheered," said Jones, who plays primarily on the Japanese tour.

"I would have been very, very disappointed to have missed that putt."

Playing in the same group, Jimenez found water on the hole and settled for a bogey -- Larrazabal also bogeyed -- to level the two teams at 21-under.

Spain also had a bogey on the hole Friday, the only blemish on a great round.

"Tomorrow, we won't play that hole," Jimenez joked.

"From 14, we'll go to 16."

Spain went to 22-under with a birdie on 16.

The Spaniards had their own eagle when Jimenez holed a 50-yard wedge on No. 7, which gave them a three-stroke cushion over Australia after a slow start.

"We are still leading," Jimenez said.

"So we know if we play like yesterday, we are going to win the tournament. So that's all."

Guenther on top in Chile

Christoph Guenther hung onto a two-stroke lead yesterday at the Canadian Tour's US$160,000 Sport Frances Open.

Guenther (205) shot 1-under 70 to lead Daniel Im heading into the final round of competition.

Im, looking for his third Canadian Tour title since May, shot his second-straight 67 while Martin Ureta (208) followed in third.

Kris Wasylowich (67) and Mike Mezei (72), both of Lethbridge, are tied for seventh at 212. The tournament, held in Santiago, Chile, is the first of three stops the Canadian Tour will make in Central and South America.


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