Appleby tears it up at Bay Hill Invite

Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2004

ORLANDO, Fla. Stuart Appleby drove his yellow Lamborghini to the Bay Hill Invitational and played like he never got out of the car.

Appleby zoomed into the lead with four straight birdies, then pulled away from Chad Campbell on the back nine to take command Saturday with a 6-under 66, putting the Aussie in good position to become the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this year.

Appleby, who won the season-opening Mercedes Championships at Kapalua, was at 16-under 200 and had a four-shot lead over Campbell (70), the only American among the top five on the leaderboard.

For the first time in five years at Bay Hill, Tiger Woods was not on top not even close.

Trying to become the first player to win the same tournament five straight years, Woods had another double bogey early in his round and stumbled to a second straight 2-over 74, leaving him 15 shots out of the lead.

Safeway International

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. Annika Sorenstam had a great start and a good finish to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway International.

Sorenstam, in her LPGA Tour season debut, chipped in from 60 feet for an eagle on the second hole, then finished play Saturday with two birdies for a 4-under 68 that left her at 16-under 200.

Nineeteen-year-old tour rookie Shi Hyun Ahn shot a 66 and was two strokes back at 14-under 202 on the Superstition Mountain Golf Club course 50 miles east of Phoenix.

Toshiba Senior Classic

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. Morris Hatalsky shot a 5-under 66 to tie front-running Tom Purtzer for the second-round lead in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.

Purtzer had an even-par 71, a day after he matched the best score in the history of the 50-and-over tour with an 11-under 60.

Caltex Masters

SINGAPORE American Greg Hanrahan shot a 5-under 67 to take a share of the third-round lead in the Caltex Masters.

Hanrahan and England's Barry Lane (67) were tied at 13 under, two strokes ahead of Singapore's Mardan Mamat (70).

Hanrahan, based in Thailand, turned 46 on Saturday.

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