Golf: Lane on right course

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BARRY LANE could finally secure a place in the Ryder Cup team today if he can maintain yesterday's form at the Lancia Martini Italian Open in Modena.

Lane, who leads the Cup table with more than 303,000 points, shot a six under par 66 for a third-round aggregate of 202 to earn second place, two shots behind the Argentinian, Jose Coceres, who is 16 under par.

'I think I need 350,000 points to guarantee selection, and I will pass that total if I finish in the top two,' Lane said. 'I would like to win here but I think I will need to shoot 65 or 66 to do that.'

Lane, along with the current top 30 players, will be measured for his Ryder Cup blazer next week.

'It will be the third time I've been measured for a blazer - but I missed out on the last two (matches),' Lane added.

He started badly yesterday by dropping a shot at the fourth, but a birdie at the seventh set him on his way. He eagled the 10th, with a drive, four-iron and five foot putt, and also birdied the 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th.

Coceres, playing with Seve Ballesteros, began three shots behind the overnight leader, David Gilford, and, like Lane, shot 66.

The little-known Argentinian went into the turn in a three-under-par 33, and, once again, followed Lane with an eagle at the 10th, with a drive, four-iron and a 15 foot putt, and birdied the par-five 18th after a magnificent three- iron over the water. Coceres outscored Ballesteros, who could only manage a level par 72, and said that though the Spanish maestro was one of his heroes, he had been able to concentrate on his own game.

Gilford played disappointingly after a bright start. He went to the turn in 34, and was still two shots ahead of the field, but dropped shots at the 10th, 17th and 18th to fall back to 12 under and joint fourth place on 70 with Steve Richardson. Greg Turner, of New Zealand, moved into third place on 13 under with a birdie, his sixth of the day, at the last.

LANCIA MARTINI ITALIAN OPEN (Modena) Leading third-round scores (GB or Irl unless stated): 200 J Coceres (Arg) 64 70 66. 202 B Lane 67 69 66. 203 G Turner (NZ) 65 70 68. 204 S Richardson 65 69 70; D Gilford 65 66 73. 205 D W Basson (SA) 70 68 67. 206 M Harwood (Aus) 71 69 66; B Marchbank 69 67 70; S Ballesteros (Sp) 70 64 72. 207 E Giraud (Fr) 68 71 68; M A Martin (Sp) 67 72 68; J M Olazabal (Sp) 68 70 69; W Westner (SA) 66 72 69. 208 W Riley (Aus) 72 70 66; D Mijovic (Can) 66 72 70; S Ames (Trin) 67 70 71; E Romero (Arg) 72 64 72. 209 R Karlsson (Swe) 72 68 69; R Rafferty 67 71 71; W Grady (Aus) 67 71 71; J Payne 67 69 73. 210 D Cooper 71 70 69; J Cook (US) 72 69 69; J Robinson 69 72 69; J Hawkes (SA) 68 71 71; U Zilg (Ger) 67 71 72; G J Brand 70 68 72; S Struver (Ger) 65 72 73; P Senior (Aus) 68 69 73; P Fulke (Swe) 66 71 73. 211 C Raulerson (US) 70 72 69; D Williams 67 74 70; A Hare 68 71 72; M Clayton (Aus) 68 71 72; R Mann 67 72 72; R Boxall 69 70 72. 212 P O'Malley (Aus) 69 73 70; S Bennett 64 76 72; M Lanner (Swe) 68 72 72; J Evans 67 73 72; B Dassu (It) 68 71 73; J Hobday (SA) 68 71 73; F Nobilo (NZ) 64 74 74; G Orr 68 70 74. 213 S McAllister 68 74 71; H Selby-Green 70 72 71; A Bossert (Swit) 72 69 72; J Robson 72 69 72; M Krantz (Swe) 73 68 72; M Reale (It) 74 67 72; G Day (US) 69 71 73; D Curry 71 69 73.

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