Golf: Alvarez puts the pressure on veteran

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SPAIN'S Jose-Maria Canizares, one of the longest-serving professionals on the European Tour, and the Argentinian Ruben Alvarez were left battling neck and neck after the second round of the Tenerife Open yesterday.

The veteran Spaniard, 47 next week and on his 24th season on the Tour, initially soared clear of the field with some brilliant play at Golf del Sur. Setting out as one of the joint leaders at five under par after an opening 67, he picked up five more strokes in the first 10 holes to open up a four-shot lead.

At that stage, Canizares was four shots clear of Alvarez, who was threatening the course record of 63 set by Jose-Maria Olazabal when he won two years ago.

Canizares, meanwhile, slipped away to a 70, while Alvarez, who had a 65, moved up to share the lead with the Spaniard on 137.

TENERIFE OPEN (Golf del Sur) Third round qualifiers (GB or Irl unless stated): 137 R Alvarez (Arg) 72 65, J-M Canizares (Sp) 67 70. 138 J Quiros (Sp) 70 68; D Borrego (Sp) 68 70. 139 W Riley (Aus) 68 71; J Metcalfe 71 68. 140 P Linhart (Sp) 76 64; T Gogele (Ger) 71 69; D Curry 72 68; D Ray 70 70; P Curry 69 71; H P Thul (Ger) 70 70; B Barnes 73 67; M Pinero (Sp) 71 69; A Murray 73 67. 141 M Besanceney (Fr) 70 71; J Rivero (Sp) 73 68; D Smyth 70 71; J Sewell 74, 67. 142 J Davila (Sp) 74 68; R Claydon 71 71; J-M Carriles (Sp) 71 71; R Mann 67 75; J- M Olazabal (Sp) 73 69; D J Russell 72 70; D Gilford 72 70; I Garrido (Sp) 75 67. 143 A Sandiwell 72 71; P Talbot 72 71; J Robson 71 72; S Cage 70 73; P Hedblom (Swe) 71 72; M Roe 71 72; M Gronberg (Swe) 71 72; P Affleck 72 71; S Luna (Sp) 74 69; R Berhorst (Ger) 72 71; G Turner (NZ) 73 70. 144 F Roca (Sp) 74 70; C Stromberg (Swe) 72 72; C Cevaer (Fr) 70 74; M Krantz (Swe) 72 72; K Waters 73 71; P Lawrie 72 72; M James 71 73; C O'Connor Jnr 72 72; A Lebouc (Fr) 72 72; M Tunnicliff 75 69; M Jiminez (Sp) 74 70; G Manson 73 71; C Cassells 73 71; S Bottomley 73 71. 145 G Ralph 72 73; B Malley (US) 69 76; M Moreno (Sp) 76 69; J Hall 73 72; H Selby-Green 72 73; G J Brand 71 74; D Williams 72 73; C Brooks 70 75; A Collinson 71 74; C Williams 71 74; M Piltz (Fin) 72 73; I Spencer 73 72. 146 T Munoz (Sp) 74 72; C Larrain (Ven) 73 73; E O'Connell 72 74; L Westwood 72 74; P Walton 76 70, M Gates 77 69. Non-qualifiers: 148 E Darcy 76 72. 151 A Garrido (Sp) 76 75.

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