Gossett mows down field at John Deere Classic

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

SILVIS, Ill. -- David Gossett, the 1999 U.S. Amateur champion trying to secure a spot on the PGA Tour, shot a 3-under 68 on Saturday to maintain the lead in the John Deere Classic.

Gossett, playing on a sponsor exemption, had a 14-under 199 total on the TPC at Deere Run. He's making his fifth PGA Tour start of the year and has played 12 events on the Buy.com Tour.

The former University of Texas star failed to qualify for the PGA Tour last winter despite shooting a 59 in the qualifying tournament.

Briny Baird, Bradley Hughes and Paul Stankowski were a stroke back after 66s, and Brian Claar (66), Matt Gogel (67) and Jerry Smith (67) followed at 201.

Giant Eagle LPGA Classic

VIENNA, Ohio -- South Korea's Se Ri Pak shot her second consecutive 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic.

Pak, the 1998 winner, has led or shared the lead nine times heading into the final round of an LPGA event. She has won them all -- except a year ago at the Giant Eagle when she shot a 75 and ended up missing a playoff by four shots.

Tammie Green was second after a 74. She won the 1994 and 1997 tournaments.

State Farm Senior Classic

HUNT VALLEY, Md. -- Bruce Fleisher shot a 7-under 65 to surge into a first-place tie with Jim Thorpe after two rounds of the State Farm Senior Classic.

Fleisher, the U.S. Senior Open champion and leading money-winner on the tour, started the day tied for 12th. But he opened the round with a birdie and an eagle, setting the stage for his ascension to the top of the leaderboard.

Thorpe birdied the final three holes to finish in a deadlock with Fleisher at 8-under 136. Allen Doyle and Mike Smith shot 65s to join first-round leader Doug Johnson (72) at 138.

Senior British Open

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland -- Australia's Ian Stanley shot a 1-under 70 to take the third-round lead in the Senior British Open, with Jack Nicklaus in contention three shots behind.

Stanley, who overcame a triple-bogey 7 on No. 8, was at 4-under 209. Nicklaus also shot a 70 at Royal County Down. He's tied for sixth at 1-under 212.

New Zealand's Bob Charles and American David Oakley shot 70s to share second place at 210.

TNT Open

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands -- England's Warren Bennett shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Germany's Bernhard Langer in the TNT Open.

Bennett had an 11-under 202 total. Langer, the 1984 and 1992 winner, also shot a 67. South Africa's Darren Fichardt (70), England's Barry Lane (66) and New Zealand's Greg Turner (71) were two strokes back.

U.S. Junior Amateur

SAN ANTONIO -- Henry Liaw joined Tiger Woods and Mike Brannon as the only 15-year-olds to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, beating Canada's Richard Scott 2 and 1 at Oak Hills Country Club.

Liaw, from Rowland Heights, Calif., is the third youngest winner in the 54-year history of the tournament. Woods is the youngest champion, winning in 1991 at 15 years, 6 months, 21 days. Brannon won the 1971 tournament.

In the morning semifinals, Liaw beat Chanin Puntawong of Bradenton, Fla., 2 and 1, and Scott routed Andrew Dresser of Carrollton 7 and 6. Liaw and Scott received spots in the U.S. Amateur in Atlanta on Aug. 20-26.

U.S. Girls' Junior

MISSION HILLS, Kan. -- Chile's Nicole Perrot won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, beating Whitney Welch of Las Vegas 3 and 2 at Indian Hills Country Club.

Perrot made a curling 12-foot birdie putt on the 10th hole to take the lead for good. Perrot and Welch, both 17, earned spots next week in the U.S. Women's Amateur in Andover, Kan.

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