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Ramsay shoots 64 to lead rainy European Masters

Associated Press Published: September 1, 2012

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland (AP) — Richie Ramsay of Scotland thrived in the cold and wet Swiss Alps on Saturday, shooting a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Masters.

Ramsay had six birdies and didn't drop a shot. He finished at 11 under, one shot ahead of fellow Scot Paul Lawrie (67) and Danny Willett (68) of England.

"It was a nice and steady round," said the 29-year-old Ramsay, who was at the first tee when fog suspended play in the morning. "It sounds simple, it's harder to do."

Overnight leader Julien Quesne of France was another shot back after a 70. Heavy rain forced organizers to reduce the soaked par-4 sixth hole to a par 3. Fog rolled in near midday and delayed play for nearly 2 hours as the leading groups prepared to start their rounds.

Lawrie, seeking his second straight title after victory last week at Gleneagles, led until hitting out of bounds off the tee at the par-5 14th. The European Ryder Cup player made a double-bogey 7, saying he was "a bit frustrated" with his 67.

"I played lovely again today and could easily have been four or five shots better," Lawrie said. "But one behind now, I would have taken that at the start of the week."

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