Daly storms back with 8-under 63

Estes clinging to a 1-stroke lead after three rounds at St. Jude Classic

Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2001

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- John Daly is back -- again.

The man who has won two majors yet struggled so publicly both on and off the golf course the past few years, shot an 8-under-par 63 Saturday that put him a stroke off Bob Estes' lead after three rounds in the St. Jude Classic.

Daly, winless since the 1995 British Open, started the round seven strokes off the pace set by Estes through 36 holes. But Daly carded eight birdies in his best round since a 63 in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.

He has strung together three straight rounds in the 60s for his best score through 54 holes that he can remember, better than in 1991, when he won the PGA Championship.

''You go on a slump as long as I have and all the ups and downs that it has taken, to be able to go out and hopefully be able to have a chance to win, that's awesome,'' Daly said.

But the man with four tour victories to go with his reputation as the PGA Tour's longest hitter said having a chance isn't enough.

''I won't be satisfied until I win,'' he said.

Estes, who tied the course record with a 61 Thursday, teed off with a four-stoke lead. That lead dwindled as he managed just two birdies against 16 pars for a 17-under total of 196.

Scott McCarron had a share of the lead through 10 holes and finished with a 66 to tie Daly for second.

McCarron said he thinks Daly is back on his game even if he doesn't pull out a victory here. Estes, who said he feels he actually is in a three-way tie for the lead, said he can't worry about what Daly does.

''I'm still glad to be leading. I'm the only one who can go wire-to-wire leading and win the tournament, and that's what I did in San Antonio,'' Estes said of his only tour victory, in the 1994 Texas Open.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange (69) was at 201, and Jesper Parnevik (71), Paul Goydos (69) and Bernhard Langer (68) at 202.

Rochester Invitational

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Laura Davies fired a 3-under 69 to move five shots ahead of Brandie Burton and Maria Hjorth after three rounds of the Rochester International.

Hitting accurate 1-irons off the tee and excelling with her putter on the Locust Hills course, Davies carded her third sub-70 round to move to an 11-under total of 205. Burton, who hasn't won since 1998, hit 73 to slide into second place with Hjorth (69), a Swede who won twice in 1999.

Emilee Klein, a two-time winner in 1996, moved to 5-under with a 69. Becky Iverson vaulted to 3-under with a 68 -- the day's best round.

NFL Classic Seniors

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Larry Ziegler shot a 5-under 67 to take the second-round lead in the NFL Golf Classic at the Upper Montclair Country Club.

Ziegler, who started the day four strokes off the lead, began strongly with birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 5. After a bogey at No. 8, Ziegler picked it up again on the back nine with birdies at Nos. 11, 12 and 13. He closed out his round with five straight pars. After 36 holes, he was at 8-under 136.

First-round leader Jim Holtgrieve, who opened with a 65, began his second round with six straight pars. After a bogey at No. 7 and a double bogey at No. 9, he finished with birdies at Nos. 15 and 16 and pars at 17 and 18 to finish with a 73 for 137.

Two strokes behind the leader was Roy Vucinich, who had to qualify on Monday but had six birdies en route to a 67.

English Open

MERIDEN, England -- Adam Scott of Australia shot a 5-under 67 and increased his lead to two strokes in the English Open.

The 20-year-old highlighted his round with a 30-foot eagle at the 17th hole. He had a 54-hole total of 12-under 204.

France's Raphael Jacquelin shot a 66 to move into a share of second place with South African Jean Hugo, who had a 68.

Jacquelin and Hugo were at 206, with Justin Rose of England, Marco Bernardini of Italy and Peter O'Malley of Australia at 209.



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