Woods dominates at Bay Hill Invitational

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Even when competing against Ernie Els, Tiger Woods was the only show at the Bay Hill Invitational -- as usual.

Dominant in every phase of the game, Woods left his top rival and everyone else in his wake with a 6-under 66 Saturday that gave him a five-stroke lead and virtually assured him another place in the record books.

Woods, who has never lost a PGA Tour event when leading by more than one stroke going into the final round, was 18 holes away from becoming the first player in more than 70 years to win the same tournament four straight years.

Gene Sarazen in the Miami Open from 1926 to 1930; that tournament wasn't played in 1927, when it switched from a fall to a spring date.

Woods was at 15-under 201, and a 54-hole lead of any margin is a huge advantage for him. He is 27-2 when he has at least a share of the lead entering the final round.

Els, the No. 2 player in the world who already has won four times this year, shot 72, leaving him 10 strokes behind. Brad Faxon, who like Els was playing in the final group with Woods at Torrey Pines, had only two pars over his final 12 holes in a round of 65 that left him at 10-under 206.

Safeway Ping

PHOENIX -- Annika Sorenstam's new year is already starting to look a lot like her old one.

In relentless pursuit of her first win of the season, Sorenstam shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Ping tournament.

The most dominant player in women's golf, winning 11 tournaments last year, Sorenstam birdied three of her first four holes and nine overall to get to 18 under through three rounds at the Moon Valley Country Club.

Sorenstam, who has improved by one shot each day, was two strokes ahead of Frenchwoman Patricia Meunier-Lebouc. Two more strokes back at 15 under were Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak and Grace Park.

Toshiba Classic

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Australia's Rodger Davis shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Jim Ahern into the final round of the Toshiba Senior Classic.

Davis had a tournament-record 13-under 129 total on the Newport Beach Country Club course, breaking the mark of 130 set by Terry Mauney in 2001. Ahern, looking for his second career win on the Champions Tour, shot a 67.

Jose Maria Canizares shot his second consecutive 5-under 66 to move into third place with a two-day total of 132.

Madeira Island

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands -- Bradley Dredge of Wales missed birdie putts on the last two holes, squandering a chance to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour at the Madeira Island Open.

Dredge had 10 birdies and an eagle in 16 holes but missed birdie putts of 11 and 30 feet at Nos. 17 and 18. He shot a 12-under 60 to move to 15-under and has an eight-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final round.

Dredge's 60 is the 11th in European Tour competition, and just the fourth on a par-72 course. Darren Clarke has shot 60 twice.

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