Weir takes control at Nissan Open

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

LOS ANGELES Mike Weir tried to turn the Nissan Open into a runaway Saturday, shooting a 5-under 66 for a five-stroke lead and the lowest 54-hole score in tournament history.

The Canadian known for his great comebacks all six of his PGA Tour victories have come from off the lead set himself up to be the first repeat champion at Riviera since Corey Pavin in 1995.

Weir was at 17-under 196, breaking by one shot the 54-hole score set by Fred Couples in 1992.

Shigeki Maruyama, who started the third round tied with Weir, stayed in range until bogeys on both par 3s on the back nine. A birdie on the final hole gave him a 71, five shots behind.

Jeff Maggert had a 69 his third straight round in the 60s and was at 11-under 202. John Daly missed several short birdie opportunities and shot a 72, leaving him eight shots off the lead.

Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am

LUTZ, Fla. Mark McNulty put himself in position to win in his first Champions Tour start, shooting a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

McNulty, from Zimbabwe, won the tour's qualifying tournament late last year, but was forced to withdraw from events in Miami and Naples because of the shingles.

McNulty had a a 10-under 132 total on the TPC of Tampa Bay. Larry Nelson (69) and D.A. Weibring (65) were a stroke back, and Vicente Fernandez (67), Mike McCullough (70), Tom Purtzer (67) and Tom Jenkins (67) were 8 under. Tom Kite, the first-round leader after a 63, shot a 73 to drop five shots back.

Jacob's Creek Open

ADELAIDE, Australia Australia's Euan Walters shot a 1-under 70 to take a one-shot lead in the Jacob's Creek Open.

Walters had a 6-under 207 total on the Kooyonga course in the tournament co-sanctioned by the Nationwide and Australasian tours.

Australians Mathew Goggin (66), Matthew Ecob (69) and Anthony Painter (72) were tied for second, and 1990 U.S. PGA champion Wayne Grady of Australia shot a 71 to top a group at 4 under.

Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Finland's Mikko Ilonen finished off a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead in the rain-delayed Malaysian Open.

Ilonen, who played only four holes Saturday, had an 8-under 136 total. South Korea's Lee Sung-man and Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant were tied for second, with both completing their rounds Friday.

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