Golf: Montgomerie lines up a record

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Colin Montgomerie is on course to clinch a fourth European Tour victory in a season for the first time in his career. The Scot will take a commanding six-shot lead into today's final round of the Volvo Scandinavian Masters after scoring a round of 65. Montgomerie is now 17 under par, while his nearest challenger, England's Paul Broadhurst, is on 11 under. The defending champion, Jesper Parnevik, is a shot further back on 10 under. "I was looking for a 67 when I started today [Saturday] so it is a bonus to shoot 65," said Montgomerie. "I have never gone into a final round leading by six strokes so I don't think anyone is going to catch me - but the word complacency never enters my head. Darren Clarke lost a six-shot lead last week so it is possible, but if anyone beats me I'll be the first to shake their hand."

The pounds 166,000 first prize would almost certainly allow Montgomerie to hold off Lee Westwood's challenge in his race to top the European Order of Merit for the seventh successive season. Broadhurst shot a 68 as did David Carter, who now shares third place with Parnevik.