Kaye leads in Hartford

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Jonathan Kaye avoided the late trouble that derailed Phil Mickelson, shooting a 5-under-par 65 to take the third-round lead in the Greater Hartford Open.

Kaye, suspended for two months and placed on probation for the season after a confrontation with a tournament security guard last year, had a 13-under 197 total on the TPC at River Highlands to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Verplank into the final round. Verplank, who matched the course record with a 61 in the final round last year, birdied six straight holes on the back nine for a 63. Scott Hoch was two strokes back after a 66, and Davis Love III shot a 68 to reach 10 under.

LPGA Tour

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Mi Hyun Kim shot her second straight 5-under-par 67 to take sole possession of the lead after three rounds at the LPGA Rochester International.

Kim's third straight round in the 60s put her at 13-under 203, five shots ahead of Australia's Karrie Webb, who rallied with birdies on her final three holes to finish with her second straight 72 and a 208 total. Defending champion Laura Davies, who had a 69, was another shot back and Juli Inkster was alone in fourth at 210 after a solid 67. Se Ri Pak also had a 67 and was at 211, while Beth Daniel skied to a 74 and was tied with Gloria Park at 212.

Senior PGA Tour

HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- J.C. Snead shot a course record 8-under 64, making an eagle and seven birdies to roar from behind and tie Rodger Davis for the lead after two rounds of the Greater Baltimore Classic. Snead, vying for his first win on the senior tour since 1995, chipped in from 20 feet for a birdie on the 18th hole to cap his finest round of the year and set a record for the low score at the six-year-old Hayfields Country Club course.

Davis shot a 68 for an 11-under 133 total. The Australian's last win on American soil was in the 1986 NEC World Series of Golf.

John Mahaffey, who began the round in a first-place tie with Davis and Jim Ahern, bogeyed 18 for a 69 and a 134 total. Ahern shot a 71 to close at 136, tied with John Jacobs in fourth place.

European PGA

HEXHAM, England (AP) -- David Gilford of England shot a 5-under-par 67 to share the lead with countryman Miles Tunnicliff and Germany's Sven Struever after three rounds of the Great North Open.

Gilford, a two-time Ryder Cup player in 1991 and '95, made up six shots on Tunnicliff, his playing partner, on the back nine. Tunnicliff hit six birdies in seven holes early and shot a 68.

Struever had a 74, and a bogey on the final hole dropped him back into a tie with Gilford and Tunnicliff.



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