Blustery day, Els blow away field at Blue Monster at Doral

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

MIAMI -- Ernie Els made a mockery of the Blue Monster at Doral on a blustery Saturday afternoon and blew away the field with a 6-under 66 to take an eight-stroke lead into the final round of the Genuity Championship.

The South African made eight birdies and was eight strokes lower than the average score. He was at 17-under 199 and had the largest 54-hole lead on tour since Tiger Woods led by nine in the NEC Invitational at Firestone two years ago, when he won by 11.

Woods and Australia's Peter Lonard were tied for second. Woods birdied his first two holes, but managed nothing but pars the rest of the day and had a 70, not a bad afternoon in gusts over 30 mph, but not nearly enough to keep pace.

Women's Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Australian star Karrie Webb and Norway's Suzann Pettersen shot 3-under 69s to share the third-round lead in the Women's Australian Open.

Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Scotland's Alastair Forsyth shot a 2-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead over Spain's Ignacio Garrido after the third round of the Malaysian Open.

Forsyth had a 16-under 197 total on the Royal Selangor Golf Club course. Garrido shot a 67. Australia's Stephen Leaney (66) and Spain's Miguel Angel Martin (71) were three back at 200.

LPGA Takefuji Classic

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -- Annika Sorenstam birdied the first hole of a playoff with Lorie Kane to win the Takefuji Classic, the Swedish star's second straight playoff victory.

Sorenstam, who edged Karrie Webb on the fourth extra hole last week in the Australian Ladies Masters, shook her fist and smiled after sinking the winning 4-foot putt at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

SBC Senior Classic

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Tom Watson shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the SBC Senior Classic.

The five-time British Open champion overcame 30 mph wind and even stronger gusts at Valencia Country Club to take a 3-under 141 total into the final round.

Tom Kite, Doug Johnson and Gil Morgan were tied for second.

Kite, seeking his second victory of the year, matched Watson's 69. Johnson shot a 70, and Morgan had a 72. First-round leader Tom Purtzer was three strokes back at even-par 144 after a 74.

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