Toms in control in Memphis

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2004

MEMPHIS, Tenn. David Toms' struggles appear to be a thing of the past.

Toms, the defending champion who started the third round of the St. Jude's Classic with a one-stroke lead over Vaughn Taylor, extended his advantage to seven strokes with a 6-under 65 Saturday.

On Sunday, Toms will try to become the first repeat champion in the event since Lee Trevino won consecutive titles in 1971 and 1972 at Colonial Golf Course.

Toms, who hasn't won since last year's event, came into the tournament having missed five of his last seven cuts while working to recover from surgery in December to remove bone chips from his left wrist.

Senior PGA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Hale Irwin led Canadian Dave Barr by a stroke when the third round of the Senior PGA Championship was suspended because of darkness Saturday.

Tom Watson, Gil Morgan, Jay Haas, John Harris and Wayne Levi were two strokes back when play was suspended.

Corning Classic

CORNING, N.Y. Michelle Estill matched Annika Sorenstam stroke for stroke and calmly rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to gain a one-shot lead over the Swedish star after three rounds at the Corning Classic.

Estill had a 2-under 70 and finished at 15-under 201. She'll begin the final round in first place for the first time since joining the LPGA Tour in 1991.

Sorenstam also had a 70 and was three strokes ahead of Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (67).

Shi Hyun Ahn, whose 66 was the lowest round on a cool, windy day at Corning Country Club, was alone in fourth at 10-under 206, one shot ahead of Natalie Gulbis (70) and Denise Killeen (70).

Three former Corning winners Laura Diaz, Carin Koch, and Kelli Kuehne and Nadina Taylor were tied for seventh at 208. Defending champion Juli Inkster shot a 1-over 73 and was out of contention, 12 shots off the lead.

Volvo PGA

VIRGINIA WATER, England Angel Cabrera of Argentina shot a 4-under-par 68 for a one-stroke lead over Justin Rose of England and three others after three rounds of the Volvo PGA Championship.

Cabrera was at 12-under 204. Rose, the second-round leader, shot a 72 and was at 205 with Sweden's Joakim Haeggman (70), South Africa's Darren Fichardt (68) and Scotland's Scott Drummond (68).

Darren Clarke is at 206 after a 71, with Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Thomas Bjorn at 207. Vijay Singh was at 210 following a 71.



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