Watson takes one-shot lead at Senior British Open

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2005

ABERDEEN, Scotland — Tom Watson matched the course record at Royal Aberdeen set only hours earlier Saturday with a 7-under 64, taking a one-shot lead over Craig Stadler into the final round of the Senior British Open.

Watson, who finished at 3-under 210, was 4 over to start the third round, but picked up birdies on the third and fifth holes, then made his first eagle of the year on the par-5 sixth.

Stadler made a birdie on the par-3 17th for a 1-under 70. Greg Norman (70) and Des Smyth (68) were tied for third.

Derrick Cooper, a 50-year-old tournament director on the European senior tour, also shot a 64 earlier in the day that put him seven shots out of the lead.

PGA

MILWAUKEE — Ben Crane finished with a 6-under 64 to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the US Bank Championship on Scott Verplank.

Crane, at 19-under-par 191 for 54 holes, is trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner in Milwaukee since Robert Gamez in 1991. Crane's only other tour win came at the 2003 BellSouth Classic.

Rain interrupted play for 3 hours, 42 minutes hours at Brown Deer Park.

Chris Smith (64) and Kenny Perry (65) were five shots off the lead, tied for third.

Because of the bad weather, 55 golfers had to return to the course Saturday morning to conclude their second rounds, and 77 made the cut at 2-under-par 138.

LPGA

EVIAN, France — Paula Creamer won her second LPGA title at the Evian Masters, beating fellow teenager Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa by eight shots.

The 18-year-old Creamer shot a 1-under 71 to finish at 15-under 273. Wie, a 15-year-old amateur, shot a 68 and Ochoa a 69 to tie for second at the $2.5 million event.

The $375,000 prize boosted Creamer to second on the LPGA money list behind Annika Sorenstam, who finished 12 strokes back with a 75.

Canada's Lorie Kane (71) finished fourth in the select 78-woman field.

Creamer, who won the Sybase Classic two months ago, shot rounds of 68-68-66 for a seven-shot lead entering the final round. Creamer opened with a bogey, but closed with 11 pars and a birdie over the final 12 holes to cruise to victory.

Players' Championship

ALVESLOHE, Germany — Sweden's Niclas Fasth shot a 6-under 66 to take the second-round lead at the Players' Championship of Europe.

Fasth is at 10 under, one shot ahead of Wales' Bradley Dredge. U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell shot 71 to share third place with Irishman Peter Lawrie (65). Two rounds will be played Sunday after Thursday was rained out. John Daly shot a 64 to finish four shots off the pace. Daly birdied all four par 5s, chipping in once and within two feet twice before hitting a 4-iron within inches.



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