Olazabal out of Dunhill Cup

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ose Maria Olazabal has pulled out of next week's Alfred Dunhill Cup team event at St Andrew's because of a persistent foot problem which caused his withdrawal from the European Ryder Cup team last month, after having been made a wild-card selection. His manager, Sergio Gomez, told the organisers of the event that "recovery from the foot condition [a tumour between two of his toes] that has plagued Jose Maria all year has been slower than anticipated and his doctor has recommended that he take a further week's rest." His place in the Spanish team alongside Jose Rivero and Ignacio Garrido will be taken by Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Britain's Laura Davies shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday to take a three- stroke lead with a seven-under-par total of 209 after the third round of the World Championship of Women's Golf at Cheju Island, South Korea. Despite the swirling strong winds, 32-year-old Davies, the longest driver in women's golf, missed the green only twice as she picked up four birdies and three bogeys. Davies said: "It's just like playing at two different golf courses. Today was unbelievable. You need a lot of patience to play in conditions like this." The US Open champion, Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, and the Americans Dottie Mochrie and Rosie Jones share second place.

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