Golfer keeps three-stroke lead at Honda Classic

Parnevik pours it on

Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Heron Bay's best defender took the day off Saturday. Jesper Parnevik, along with the rest of the field, took advantage.

On a rare, windless day when the flags didn't sway unless they were being taken out of the holes, the only significant movement at the Honda Classic was on the leaderboard.

Parnevik shot a 6-under-par 66 in the third round to retain a three-shot lead at 18 under, breaking J.P. Hayes' 54-hole tournament record of 200 set last year. Mark Calcavecchia (66) was 15 under, followed by Geoff Oglivy (65) and Dan Forsman (65) at 14 under.

''Three shots is not as big as it sounds,'' Parnevik said.

Calcavecchia disagreed.

''It's going to be tough running him down. ... It just doesn't happen these days unless you get on a super, super hard course. And we're not on a super hard, hard course.

''He's going to make some putts and probably play a good round of golf. So that extra couple of shots is big. One shot is nothing, but three -- three could be a little tougher. But that certainly doesn't mean I don't think I have a chance. I'll make him sweat a little.''

Through nine tournaments this season, six winners have come from behind on the final day.

Welch's-Circle K Championship

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Welch's-Circle K Championship.

Sorenstam finished with a record 54-hole total of 16-under 200 and a two-shot lead on Se Ri Pak.

First- and second-round leader Jen Hanna wilted under the pressure of the hard greens of the Randolph Park North course, wind gusts to 32 mph and a head-to-head pairing with Sorenstam, but managed two birdies on the back nine to shoot 72 and finish third, three shots off the lead.

Florida Classic

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- John Patterson fired a 7-under 64 Saturday for a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Florida Classic, the season-opening event on the Tour.

Patterson had nine birdies en route to a three-round total of 11-under 202.

Lee Rinker (67), Mike Heinen (68) and Ryuji Imada (68) are one stroke off the lead. Jeff Freeman (65), Brian Tennyson (66) and second-round co-leader Rod Pampling (71) are two strokes off the pace at 204.

Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar -- Angel Cabrera of Argentina shot a 5-under-par 67 to share a one-stroke lead with Robert Karlsson of Sweden after three rounds of the Qatar Masters.

The two were at 13-under 203. Tony Johnstone of Zimbabwe (66) and Dean Robertson of Scotland (68) were at 204, with Olivier Edmond of France at 206 after a 71.

SBC Senior Classic

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Larry Nelson's 8-under-par 64 tied the course record and moved him into a tie with Jim Colbert for the lead in the SBC Senior PGA Classic. Colbert finished the second round with a 67.

The duo was at 10-under 134 and will play together in Sunday's final round.

Jim Ahern's 67 left him at 9-under and tied with last week's winner, Jose Maria Canizares (70), for third place.

Graham Marsh moved into sole possession of fifth place with a 67 and an 8-under total. Gary McCord and Bob Eastwood were at 6 under.

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