Perry leads field by two strokes

Posted: Sunday, June 01, 2003

DUBLIN, Ohio The cold wind was whipping so hard when Kenny Perry got to the first tee that he figured even par would be enough for him to keep the lead in the Memorial.

As usual, he was better than that.

Perry shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday, which felt even better than the 61 he shot last week in the third round at Colonial.

His lead was two shots over Lee Janzen, but Perry felt just as confident as when he led by eight going into final round at Hogan's Alley.

''I can make good, solid pars and make them catch me,'' Perry said.

Several players have a chance, none of them named Tiger Woods.

Another brutal Saturday at Muirfield in Ohio, not Scotland again proved too much for the world's No. 1 player to handle.

Woods, meanwhile, struggled with his swing and the gusts up to 30 mph made it look even worse. He hit a tee shot out of bounds for triple bogey and played the front nine in 42. He had to play the final four holes in 2 under to shoot 76.

It was his worst round ever at Memorial, where he is the only three-time winner, and at times it was reminiscent of his 81 in the third round of the British Open last year at Muirfield, with one exception.

''It's a hell of a lot warmer here,'' Woods said.

Maybe that's because Perry the hottest player in golf is on the course.

Coming off a victory at Colonial with a record score, Perry made only one bogey and ended another round with a birdie on the 18th. His 5-iron climbed up the ridge, then trickled down the slope to 8 feet.

''That's probably better than the 61 I shot last week,'' said Perry, who was at 13-under 203. ''The conditions were brutal. It was raw out there.''

Kellogg-Keebler Classic

AURORA, Ill. Angry with herself after three-putt bogeys on consecutive holes, Annika Sorenstam birdied the last five holes Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.

She finished with a 6-under 66, the second-best round of the cold and windy day, giving her a two-day score of 16-under 128. Mhairi McKay had nine birdies on her way to a 64 and is at 130.

Rosie Jones, who began the day tied with Sorenstam, shot a 71 and is five strokes off the lead.

Music City Championship

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Jim Ahern shot a 9-under 63 to take a six-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's Music City Championship.

After opening the 54-hole tournament with a 64, Ahern played even better Saturday and had a chance at a 59, the first on the Champions Tour, if he had birdied the final three holes all par-4s on the Springhouse Golf Club course.

He finished with a bogey, his first of the tournament. A 62 would have tied the tournament record held by Dave Stockton (1994) and Isao Aoki (1998), but the 63 is a career best.

Jose Maria Canizares, whose son Alejandro won the individual NCAA golf championship as a freshman at Arizona State on Friday, was tied for second with Rodger Davis at 11 under. Canizares shot a 65, and Davis had a 66.

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales England's Ian Poulter shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Wales' Phillip Price into the final round of the Wales Open.

Poulter had a 16-under 200 total. Price also shot a 68. Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, seeking his third victory of the season, was three strokes back after a 64.

Henrico County Open

GLEN ALLEN, Va. The Nationwide Tour's Henrico County Open was wiped out because of rain, with tour officials attempting to reschedule the event the week of July 14-20.

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