McCarron leads Nissan

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Scott McCarron holed a 50-foot eagle putt from just off the 17th green for a 6-under 65 Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead over Toru Taniguchi in the Nissan Open.

From a record-tying start by Charles Howell III to a fast finish from Rory Sabbatini, the third round was filled with near aces, eagles, unlikely chip-ins and one long putt from the guy who carries the longest putter.

McCarron swept his 50-foot putt toward the hole and it banged off the back of the cup for an eagle, allowing him to go from a one-stroke deficit to a one-stroke lead over Taniguchi.

McCarron was at 14-under 199, the best 54-hole score at Riviera since Fred Couples' 197 in 1990.

Verizon Classic

LUTZ, Fla. -- Bruce Fleisher shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite in the Verizon Classic.

Fleisher had an 11-under 131 total, matching the tournament 36-hole record he set in his 2000 victory on the TPC of Tampa Bay. He has 14 victories in four seasons on the senior tour.

Kite, the MasterCard Championship winner, had a 66.

Bruce Summerhays (68) was three strokes back at 133, followed by Doug Tewell (67) at 134, and first-round leaders Dana Quigley (71) and Mike Hill (71) at 135.

Southern Africa Tour Championship

MALELANE, South Africa -- South African rookie Nicholas Lawrence shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over countryman Tim Clark in the Tour Championship.

Lawrence had a 13-under 203 total. Clark also shot a 67. American Bruce Vaughan, the second-round leader, was two strokes back after a 70.

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