Westwood cuts Garcia lead before storms return

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Garcia leads Westwood by three shots heading into Monday's conclusion (AFP Photo/GLYN KIRK )

Garcia leads Westwood by three shots heading into Monday's conclusion

Garcia leads Westwood by three shots heading into Monday's conclusion (AFP Photo/GLYN KIRK )

Sotogrande (Spain) (AFP) - Former world number one Lee Westwood cut Sergio Garcia's lead to three strokes at the Valderrama Masters on Sunday, before thunderstorms returned to push the event into a fifth day.

Already cut to 54 holes after several interruptions through the week, tournament host Garcia started his third and final round with a four-shot lead on 10-under par.

But the 45-year-old Westwood, playing with his son Sam as caddie this week, poured in four birdies in eight holes before being forced from the course to ignite hopes of an unlikely 24th European Tour title and first since April 2014.

Garcia, though, remains in control as he looks for a third straight victory in the tournament, after following a birdie on the par-five fourth hole with a bogey on the next to sit even-par for his round through seven holes heading into Monday's finish.

Irishman Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano both made bright starts to their front nines to sit tied-third on six-under overall.

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