Love III 20 under to lead field at Honda Classic

Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2003

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Davis Love III is widely considered the top player in the Honda Classic field.

He showed why Saturday.

The only player in the tournament among the top 10 in the world was 7-under through the final 11 holes of the third round, and wound up with a second straight 65.

Love is 20 under at 196, and carries a one-shot lead into Sunday's final round.

Justin Leonard birdied the final six holes to shoot an 8-under 64 and will join Love and short-game specialist Chris Riley (65) in the final group. Leonard is one shot back, Riley two.

Welch's-Fry's Championship

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Canada's Lorie Kane, blown away with the rest of the field by Meg Mallon's 60 on Friday, shot a 5-under 65to regain the lead in the year's first LPGA Tour event.

Kane also led the Welch's-Fry's first round after shooting a career-low 61, but trailed Mallon by three shots going into the third. A crucial swing occurred when Mallon, who had reached 19 under by playing 41 consecutive holes without a bogey, had back-to-back bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes.

Kane, playing half a fairway ahead, took the lead when she holed a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 15 and parred out for a 54-hole total of 18-under 192. Christina Kim shot a 62 on her 19th birthday and claimed sole possession of second at 193.

Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar -- South Africa's James Kingston was 9 under through four holes of the third round of the Qatar Masters when play suspended because of darkness.

England's David Howell was two strokes back, also through four holes of the third round.

Wales' Ian Woosnam and Italy's Costantino Rocca missed the cut after officials limited the field for the final two rounds to the top 50 players and ties.

SBC Classic

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Rain forced Champions Tour officials to call off play in the SBC Classic, reducing the event to 36 holes.

Gil Morgan took the lead Friday with a 7-under 65. John Schroeder opened with a 66, Tom Purtzer and James Mason shot 67s, and Sammy Rachels and Allen Doyle had 69s.

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