Love holds lead

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Davis Love III played steady, conservative golf to maintain his 10-point lead Saturday in The International.

Love consistently avoided trouble in his 5-point round, increasing his total to 41 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event. Love, who began the day with 36 points and a 10-point lead, had three birdies and one bogey. His lead was as much as 11 points and never less than 8.

John Rollins also earned 5 points and remained in second place with 31 points. Vijay Singh was third with 28 after a 9-point round.

Chris DiMarco and Retief Goosen each had 26 points, and Phil Mickelson had an up-and-down round to finish at 23. J.J. Henry was at 22, and Charles Howell III had 21.

The field, cut after 36 holes, was trimmed again to the low 36 players and ties for Sunday's final round.

Among those missing the 54-hole cut were David Toms, who had 11 points; Justin Leonard, 8; Masters champion Mike Weir, 7; Darren Clark, 4, and Lee Janzen, minus-2.

Nordic Open

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Soren Hansen of Denmark tied the course record with a 10-under-par 62 and shared the third-round lead with Colin Montgomerie at the inaugural Nordic Open.

Champions Tour

BLAINE, Minn. Tom Purtzer birdied the final hole to cap a six-under 66 and grab a one stroke lead following two rounds of the 3M Championships.

Don Pooley, Hugh Baiocchi, Ben Crenshaw and Wayne Levi were tied for second place at eight under. First-round co-leaders Jim Thorpe and Morris Hatalsky were in a sixth-place tie at six under with Gil Morgan, James Mason and Mike Smith.

LPGA Tour

DUBLIN, Ohio Candie Kung missed seven birdie putts inside 15 feet and still put together a 3-under-par 69 that gave her a share of the lead with Hee-Won Han through two rounds of the Wendy's Championship for Children.

Kung's 69 left her at 11-under 133. She opened with a career-best 64 Friday, her 22nd birthday.

Han, second a year ago at the Wendy's to Mi Hyun Kim, followed a 67 with a bogey-free 65.

Ohio native Michele Redman eagled her final hole to set the course record with a 63 and move into third place at 10 under.

Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden Annika Sorenstam was two strokes off the lead after three rounds at the HP Open, with Sophie Gustafson in front following a course-record 9-under-par 63.

Gustafson made nine birdies and parred the other nine holes on the Drottningholm course near the Royal castle. Sorenstam, playing in her native Stockholm for the first time since 1999, shot a 67 after 68s the first two days.

Gustafson, who won the Irish Open in June, was at 15-under 201. Vibeke Stensrud was third at 205 after a 66. Laura Davies shared fourth at 206 with Becky Morgan and Silvia Cavalleri, who led after two rounds.

Sorenstam was tied for the lead with Gustafson after 14 holes. But she sent a shot past the green at No. 15, chipped back and two-putted for a bogey.



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