Golf: Spaniards miss tour

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AS RAIN disrupted the third round of the Scandinavian Masters at Forsgarden, near Gothenburg, yesterday, Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal upset the plans of Bernard Gallacher, Europe's Ryder Cup captain .

The Spanish pair confirmed they will not be playing in another European Tour event until after the Ryder Cup team has been chosen to meet the Americans at the Belfry next month.

So Ballesteros, at present 35th in the Cup points table, will have to rely on being given one of the three wild cards in the 12-member team, for the top nine points-scorers are automatic selections. Olazabal is eighth in the present list but may not stay in the top nine with four events still to go.

Gallacher, in Gothenburg himself, said: 'I'm not going to announce any wild cards until the week of the German Open.'

Peter Baker goes into today's final round with a three-stroke lead over the home player, Anders Forsbrand. Baker, 25 from Wolverhampton, shot a 68 for a l0-under-par 206. Stephen Ames of Trinidad and Tobago was on 210 with David Feherty.

Scores, Sport in Short, page 25

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