Three golfers tied for Senior Players lead

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2003

DEARBORN, Mich. Tom Watson stumbled at the end of the third round of the Senior Players Championship, while Craig Stadler and Mike McCullough scrambled.

The result: a three-way tie heading into the final round Sunday in the Champions Tour major.

Watson, coming off an 8-under 64 on Friday in blustery weather, made two birdies and scrambled for several pars Saturday before making his first bogey in 37 holes at No. 17.

With a par at 18, Watson shot a 1-under 71, leaving him at 11 under and knotted with Stadler and McCullough. Stadler shot a 65, the day's best round, and McCullough had a 68.

Five players, including first-round leader Gil Morgan and two-time champion Dave Stockton, were four shots back at 7 under.

Greater Milwaukee Open

MILWAUKEE Kenny Perry shot a 4-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over six players in the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Perry, who won the Colonial and Memorial in consecutive weeks this year and has won four times in the 10 tournaments he's held a 54-hole lead, had an 8-under 202 total.

Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly (70) was a stroke back along with Brenden Pappas (63), Heath Slocum (68), Steve Allan (68), Patrick Sheehan (70) and Jay Don Blake (71).

Canadian Women's Open

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Juli Inkster shot a 5-under 67 in the rain-delayed third round of the Canadian Women's Open for a share of the lead with Beth Daniel.

The 43-year-old Inkster, who won the Corning Classic in May for her 29th LPGA Tour title, matched the 46-year-old Daniel, who shot her third straight 69, at 9-under 207.

Kim Saiki was three strokes back after a 69.

Play was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 40 minute about an hour after the leader teed off on the Point Grey course.

Scottish Open

LUSS, Scotland Ernie Els stretched his lead to five shots through three rounds with a 4-under-par 67 Saturday in the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.

Els, tuning up to defend his British Open title next week, collected five birdies and just one bogey only his second of the tournament to get to 15-under 198.

Darren Clarke shot a 64 and was tied for second place with Phillip Price at 10 under. Peter O'Malley carded a 62, the week's best round, to jump from a tie for 44th into fourth at 8 under.

Ian Poulter and Peter Lonard shared fifth place, another shot behind, after rounds of 68.

Phil Mickelson shot a 70 with five birdies and four bogeys to stand at 1 over for the tournament.

John Daly, who shot 66 Friday, ballooned to a 77 tied for the third round's worst score to fall from 15th place to 68th.

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