Frazar takes lead into final round of Phoenix Open

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Harrison Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday, and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

Frazar weathered a dry spell on the back nine that dropped him into a four-way tie at one point. But none of his nearest pursuers could match him down the stretch.

The 31-year-old Texan finished with a 4-under 67 for a 54-hole score of 17-under 196. John Huston (66) and Tim Petrovic (68), Frazar's co-leader at the midpoint, were at 197.

Kirk Triplett (63), Vijay Singh (65) and Retief Goosen (65) wee two strokes back at 15 under.

Singapore Masters

SINGAPORE -- South Africa's Ernie Els shot a 2-under 70 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Singapore Masters.

Els, coming off consecutive PGA Tour victories in Hawaii, held a five-shot lead midway through the third round before bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18 at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club.

Champions Skins

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Lee Trevino won the Champions Skins Game, holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to finish with six skins and $240,000.

The 63-year-old Trevino won the event for the first time in seven starts, earning $100,000 with his birdie on the par-4 17th.

Hale Irwin was second with $200,000, Jack Nicklaus made $160,000 and Arnold Palmer, the 73-year-old crowd favorite, failed to take a skin for the second straight year.

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