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Goosen leads at BellSouth

Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2002

DULUTH, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson's putter let him down again. Retief Goosen was there to take advantage Saturday.

The South African, whose only victory on American soil came in last year's U.S. Open, shot a 4-under-par 68 in the third round of the BellSouth Classic to take a two-stroke lead over Mickelson.

Goosen launched a streak of five birdies in six holes by sinking a 20-foot putt at No. 9, one of the toughest tests on the TPC at Sugarloaf.

Goosen had bogeys at 16 and 18, finishing with a 14-under 202. Mickelson was at 204 after shooting a third-round 71.

Mickelson four-putted the 310-yard 13th to rekindle memories of a similar debacle at The Players Championship. Mickelson drove onto the green for the second time in three days, but it did him no good. His first putt, downhill from about 50 feet away, stopped short and left a testy 3-footer.

The birdie attempt slid 6 feet past the hole, and the comebacker missed, too. Mickelson finally tapped in and walked off the green shaking his head.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (69) was third at 205.

Legends of Golf

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Doug Tewell made an eagle from the fairway on the first hole -- a great start to a day that left him in the lead after the second round of the Legends of Golf. Tewell used a 6-iron to sink his second shot from 173 yards on the par-4 opening hole. It was the highlight of a round of 6-under 66 that left him at 9-under 135 for the tournament.

One stroke behind was his playing partner, Stewart Ginn, who shot a 67. Tom Jenkins shot the low round of the day, a 65 that left him tied with Hale Irwin, two strokes back at 137.

Portuguese Open

FARO, Portugal -- Sweden's Carl Pettersson and England David Gilford shared the lead at 2-under 142 through two rounds of the Portuguese Open, cut to 54 holes because of rain and wind.

Pettersson had five bogeys, two double bogeys and five birdies in a 4-over 76, while Gilford shot a 72.

After 80 players finished the delayed second round Saturday, organizers waited three hours before deciding to call off play for the day and reduce the event to three rounds.

Office Depot Championship

LOS ANGELES -- Se Ri Pak, widening her lead with an eagle on the hole she double bogeyed a day earlier, shot her second consecutive 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke advantage into the final round of the Office Depot Championship.

On the 463-yard, par-5 No. 17, where she had hit in the water and three-putted from 11 feet for a 7 the previous day, she hit a good drive, stroked her 9-iron onto the fringe 18 feet from the pin, then rolled in the winding putt for an eagle 3.

Annika Sorenstam, who came from 10 shots back on the last day to win last year, was second at 5-under 139 after a 68 on the El Caballero Country Club course.

Laura Diaz, whose victory two weeks ago in Tucson, Ariz., was her first on the tour, was four shots behind Pak after shooting a second-round 69. Michelle Estill, whose lone LPGA win came in her rookie year of 1991, had a 70 that left her five shots behind Pak.



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