Jacobsen leads, looks for rare PGA victory

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003

CROMWELL, Conn. Peter Jacobsen fired a 1-under par 69 Saturday and retained a one-stroke lead through three rounds at the Greater Hartford Open with a chance to earn his first PGA Tour win in eight years.

The 49-year-old tour veteran protected his second-round lead with aggressive play to outlast a field of younger and longer-hitting players.

Jacobsen's 54-hole total of 199 is 11 under for the tournament. His gallery Saturday included Suzy Whaley, the local teaching pro who played the first two rounds of the GHO before missing the cut.

One stroke behind Jacobsen is Chris Riley (63) and Willie Wood (68) at 200. Riley's round of 7 under was the lowest of the day. Kenny Perry (67) and Craig Barlow (68) were two strokes back, tied at 201. Jay Haas, the second round co-leader with Jacobsen, finished with a 5-over 75.

Senior British Open

TURNBERRY, Scotland Carl Mason shot a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over D.A. Weibring after three rounds at the Senior British Open.

Mason, the second-round leader, moved to 14-under 196. Weibring also shot 65 and was at 13-under 197, two strokes ahead of Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Bruce Summerhays, who shot 66s and are tied for third at 199.

Mason, an unheralded Englishman, charged into the lead of the Champions Tour's newest major with opening rounds of 67 and 64 at the Turnberry Links.

Irish Open

PORTMARNOCK, Ireland Thomas Bjorn shot a 4-under-par 68 in the third round of the Irish Open to share the lead with Michael Campbell and David Lynn.

Bjorn, Campbell of New Zealand (71) and Lynn of England (72) are at 10-under 206. Lynn led after two rounds.

England's Greg Owen and Sweden's Robert Karlsson are one shot behind, and Australia's Peter Lonard is two back. Sweden's Peter Hedblom and Ireland's Peter Lawrie are three shots behind.

LPGA Tour

EVIAN, France Juli Inkster set a tournament record in winning the Evian Masters, closing with a 7-under-par 65 for a six-stroke victory over South Korea's Hee-Won Han.

Inkster, who entered the day tied for the lead with Rosie Jones, finished at 21-under 267 to beat Annika Sorenstam's tournament mark of 19 under last year. This year, Sorenstam shot a 69 to tie for 17th at 281.

Inkster is the first American to win the $2.1 million event. She earned $315,00, the second-biggest prize in women's golf after the U.S. Open. The 43-year-old Inkster won for the second time this season following the Corning Classic in May. It was her 30th career title on the LPGA Tour.

Jones and Mexican rookie Lorena Ochoa finished tied for third at 275.



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