Pernice Jr. keeps lead at The International

Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2001

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Tom Pernice Jr. withstood challenges from some of golf's top players Saturday to maintain his lead after three rounds of The International.

Pernice, who carried a 2-point lead into the third round, emerged with a 3-point advantage over Vijay Singh entering Sunday's finale. Defending champion Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia also mounted threats, but were unable to unseat Pernice.

Pernice, whose victory in the 1999 Buick Open is his lone win in 10 full seasons on the PGA Tour, had five birdies and a bogey for 9 points and a total of 33 points.

The modified Stableford scoring system awards players with 5 points for eagle, 2 points for birdie, 0 for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse.

Singh, the 1998 winner, fashioned a 12-point round that included seven birdies and had 30 points. Chris Riley was at 29, Chris DiMarco at 28, and Woody Austin and Charles Howell were tied at 27. Els and Garcia were both at 26.

Women's British Open

SUNNINGDALE, England -- Scotland's Catriona Matthew squandered a five-shot lead, and Karrie Webb dodged the rain to surge up the leaderboard in the Women's British Open.

Matthew shot a par 72 for a 9-under 207 total. She had five bogeys on the back nine. England's Lora Fairclough (67), South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim (71) and Scotland's Janice Moodie (71) were tied for second.

Webb, the Australian star seeking her third straight major title, shot a 68 in almost dry conditions at Sunningdale to join England's Trish Johnson (72) at 7 under. Webb also is seeking her third victory in the tournament, in its first season as a major.

Long Island Classic

JERICHO, N.Y. -- Jay Sigel made six straight birdies in an 8-under 64 and held a three-stroke lead over John Jacobs after two rounds of the Long Island Classic.

Sigel's birdie run was the longest on the Senior PGA Tour this year and was two off the record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987 and matched by Jim Colbert last year. Nine players had made five straight birdies this year.

Sigel, who just started playing again in June after a seven-month layoff following surgery on both shoulders, started his birdie run at No. 2 and half of the putts were from 12 feet or longer, the longest a 20-footer on the par-3 4th. He finished at 14-under 130. Jacobs shot a 66.

U.S. Women's Amateur

ANDOVER, Kan. -- LSU's Meredith Duncan won the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating U.S. Girls' Junior champion Nicole Perrot of Chile in 37 holes in 100-degree heat at Flint Hills National.

Perrot was attempting to become the first player to win the U.S. Girls' Junior and U.S. Women's Amateur in the same year. The 17-year-old player won the junior title last week in Mission Hills.

Duncan, 21, of Shreveport, La., won with a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-3 10th hole.

Scandinavian Masters

LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Defending champion Lee Westwood of England birdied the last hole for a share of the third-round lead with compatriot Ian Poulter in the Scandinavian Masters.

Westwood, seeking his third victory in the tournament, shot a 3-under 69 to join Poulter (68) at 13-under 203. Poulter had a 68.

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, a two-time champion, and Sweden's Peter Hedblom were a stroke back. Montgomerie shot a 69, and Hedblom had a 68.

Great Lakes Classic

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Patty Sheehan shot an even-par 72 for a share of the lead in the Great Lakes Classic senior tournament.

Lori West (68), Jane Crafter (69) and Hollis Stacy (70) matched Sheehan at a 6-under 138 on the Green Bay Country Club course.

Forty-one players age 43 and older are competing in the three-day tournament at the Green Bay Country Club. The winner will receive $75,000 from the $400,000 purse.

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