(CNN) -- European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie twice found the water as his hopes of victory at the Wales Open disappeared in a rain-hit third round at Celtic Manor.
Montgomerie endured a miserable afternoon in the rain at Celtic Manor.
When play started in mid-afternoon due to a flooded course, Monty was handily placed to mount a charge, but he fell away to a desperately disappointing seven-over 78.
The 45-year-old has not won in two years on the European Tour and it showed as shots frittered away in the opening holes.
On the short par-three third his tee shot came up short and rolled back down the bank into the lake.
It cost him a double bogey and more woe was to follow on the 433-yard fifth as the Scot went from a fairway bunker into more water by the green.
While Montgomerie struggled, his United States counterpart for next year's match at the same course, Corey Pavin, played a solid round of 71 to stand two over, one ahead of his fellow captain.
Up front, England's Nick Dougherty, Jeppe Huldahl of Denmark and Spain's Ignacio Garrido share the third round lead on 208 - five-under-par.
Scotland's Richie Ramsay, the overnight leader, was in a three-strong group just one shot behind, but still has two holes of his round to play when bad light intervened.
England's Ross Fisher and Robert Rock, joint second at halfway, were both back to two under when play was halted with an exciting final day in prospect with a host of men still in contention.