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Woods lets field back in at Bay Hill

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was everywhere he didn't want to be Saturday in the Bay Hill Invitational, making four bogeys in a round of 74 that brought just about everybody into contention.

On a hot afternoon that felt like summer, Woods squandered his four-stroke advantage by the time he made the turn, then hung on down the stretch for a one-stroke lead over Len Mattiace.

Woods, trying to win for the third straight time at Bay Hill, was at 10-under 206. It was the third straight year he has led going into the final round, and his PGA Tour record with at least a share of the 54-hole lead is 21-2.

The challenge could come from anyone -- 14 players were within three shots of the lead, while 20 players were within five strokes.

It starts with Mattiace, the only player without a bogey on a rock-hard, cotton-mouth day at Bay Hill. He holed a 40-foot putt for par on No. 17 and finished with a 68.

Scott McCarron, who started the day four back, caught Woods at the turn and stayed with him until he bogeyed two of the last three holes. He had a 72 and was at 208, along with Pat Perez (69), John Huston (70) and two Campbells -- Michael and Chad, who shot 68s.

Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar -- Australia's Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead in the final round of the Qatar Masters.

Scott had four birdies over the first 10 holes, but played the final eight in 1 over for a three-day total of 14-under 202.

France's Jean-Francois Remesy (68) was second, and Scotland's Colin Montgomerie (69) topped a four-player group at 206.

Clearwater Classic

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australia's Peter O'Malley shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over American Joel Kribel after the third round of the Clearwater Classic.

O'Malley had a 13-under 203 total. Kribel's 3-under 69 included six birdies and three bogeys. South Africa's Andrew McLardy (66) was two strokes back in the tournament co-sponsored by the Buy.com and Australasian tours.

Ping Banner Health

PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam zeroed in on her third win in as many tournaments, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the Ping Banner Health.

Sorenstam has led or shared the lead in Phoenix six consecutive rounds, starting with the second round last year in which she shot the first 59 in women's tournament history.

She didn't get sole possession of the lead this year until her masterful play on a third blustery day pushed her 54-hole total to 11-under 205. She was 23 under at the same point in 2001.

In 34 previous tournaments in which she held the third-round lead, the Swedish star has gone on to win 20 and finished no lower than third in nine others.

Cristie Kerr (70) and Australia's Rachel Teske (71) were tied for second at 210. Kerr had two eagles in the round.

Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Jay Sigel shot a 1-over 73 in cold and windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.

Sigel, the two-time U.S. Amateur champion who won the last of his six Senior PGA Tour titles in 1998, had a 3-under 141 total on the Coyote Creek course. He returned to the tour last June after a seven-month layoff following operations on both shoulders.

George Archer, from nearby Gilroy, shot a 74 to join Ed Dougherty (72), Bob Gilder (75) and Dana Quigley (75) at 142.

With the wind gusting to 35 mph and temperatures in the low 50s, no players broke par Saturday, the first time that has happened on the senior tour since 1997.

Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar -- Australia's Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead in the final round of the Qatar Masters.

Scott had four birdies over the first 10 holes, but played the final eight in 1 over for a three-day total of 14-under 202.

France's Jean-Francois Remesy (68) was second, and Scotland's Colin Montgomerie (69) topped a four-player group at 206.

Clearwater Classic

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australia's Peter O'Malley shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over American Joel Kribel after the third round of the Clearwater Classic.

O'Malley had a 13-under 203 total. Kribel's 3-under 69 included six birdies and three bogeys. South Africa's Andrew McLardy (66) was two strokes back in the tournament co-sponsored by the Buy.com and Australasian tours.



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