Jeev drops to 63rd, Casey goes into lead in Bahrain

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Bahrain, Jan 29 (PTI) Jeev Milkha Singh ran into problemson the back stretch of the course yet again and brought home acard of three-over 75 to slip to tied 63rd after the thirdround of Volvo Champions Golf here today.

Jeev, who was tied sixth after first round and then tied44th after second, slipped to tied 63rd with a three-dayaggregate of one-under 215.

Paul Casey, the highest ranked player in the field, movedinto a share of the lead alongside Peter Hanson.

An eagle and a birdie on the par-fives on the back ninesaw him card a third 66 that moved him to 16-under 200 to joinRyder Cup Swede Hanson.

Jeev parred each of the first nine holes before findingbirdies on 10th and 13th.

Then came a triple bogey on 15th, where he had doublebogeyed in second round, and then bogeyed the 16th and 18th,to drop five shots in four holes.

A win for Casey could mean four Europeans in the top fiveon the Official World Golf Ranking with Lee Westwood, MartinKaymer and Graeme McDowell currently first, second and fourth.

Hanson, one of four midway leaders, shot a secondsuccessive 67 to go with his opening 66 as he and Casey took aone stroke advantage over Northern Ireland''s Darren Clarke andSouth African James Kingston.

Clarke had an opening 32, but then reeled off eight parsin a row before boosting his hopes of a 13th European Tourtitle with a closing 14 foot birdie putt.

Miguel Angel Jim�nez was back with a putter in his bagafter breaking one into two pieces during a second roundmoment of anger.

But he slipped back to fifth spot with a 69.

The round of the day was a course record-equalling 64from 2004 Open Championship winner Todd Hamilton.

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