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Lee narrowly misses out on historic 59

ESPN staff
September 7, 2013
Craig Lee failed to hole his approach to the 18th as he missed out on making history with a sub-60 round © Getty Images

Scotland's Craig Lee narrowly missed out on recording the European Tour's first ever sub-60 round but still takes a two-shot lead into the final day of the European Masters in Crans.

Lee, still searching for his maiden European Tour win, began with six birdies and made another three after a par on the seventh.

A par and bogey on the 12th momentarily stalled his momentum but Lee atoned with birdies on the next two holes.

The Scot got up and down to par the 16th with the record in sight but, from what seemed a great position on the 17th fairway he pushed his wedge shot and missed his birdie putt from 25 feet.

Lee would have to hole his approach at the 18th for the record 59 but it wasn't to be, though two putts from 30 feet still gave him a course record ten-under 61.

The 13th hole on what is one of the most picturesque courses on the Tour © Getty Images

And after going 16-under par for the tournament, Lee admits the thought of making history was on his mind as he closed out his round.

"I told my caddie 'You know what, a couple more and we might just make that magic number,'" Lee said.

"But 59 had gone by the time I'd hit my second shot on the par five [17th]."

Ross Fisher had earlier set a course record on Saturday, carding an eagle and six birdies for an eight-under 63 which left him five shots off the lead.

Thomas Bjorn - who led overnight with Stephen Gallacher - is tied for second in a chasing pack of three after recording a four-under 67 with three birdies on the front nine.

Bjorn is joined by Alejandro Canizares who made a second consecutive 65 and Victor Dubuisson who went five-under for the day.

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Englishman Tommy Fleetwood are tied for fifth, one shot ahead of Fisher, after both hit two-under 69s.

Gallacher drops back to nine-under after a disappointing 72, with English duo Paul Casey and Danny Willett a stroke behind.

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