Woods takes one-stroke lead

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods kept things interesting in the Buick Open with a shaky start Saturday.

Four strokes ahead after the second round, Woods had a double bogey on his first hole Saturday and was three strokes behind at one point before rallying for a 1-under 71 and a one-stroke lead.

Woods, preparing for the PGA Championship next week at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., has won 24 of 26 PGA Tour events when leading or tied or the lead entering the final round.

Esteban Toledo, who led by three strokes early on the back nine, was second at 14 under after a 67. Fred Funk (67) and Bob Tway (68) were three strokes back.

Woods, playing his first tournament since his chance for a Grand Slam ended at the British Open, had gone 51 holes without a bogey, dating to the third hole in the final round at Muirfield.

Women's British Open

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Sweden's Karin Koch made a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a share of the third-round lead with Jenny Rosales in the Women's British Open.

Rosales, of the Philippines, had a 65 to match Koch at 12-under 204 total. Spain's Paula Marti (69) and 19-year-old LPGA rookie Natalie Gulbis (67) were two strokes back.

Australian star Karrie Webb, seeking her third victory in the event that became a major championship last year, was three strokes back after a 70. Michelle Ellis (68), Beth Bauer (70), Tina Barrett (70), and Candie Kung (71) were tied with Webb, trying to become the first player since 1964 to win a major four years in a row.

3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. -- Hale Irwin shot a 2-under 70 in windy conditions for a share of the lead with James Mason after the second round of the Senior PGA Tour's 3M Championship.

Mason had a 72 a day after shooting a course-record 64 on the TPC of the Twin Cities. The leaders were 8 under, three strokes ahead of Bruce Fleisher (68), Bob Gilder (68), Rocky Thompson (71), Leonard Thompson (71), and Allen Doyle (71).

Wales Open

NEWPORT, Wales -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie completed a 7-under 65 to take the second-round lead in the rain-delayed Wales Open.

The Scot had a 12-under 132 total for a two-stroke lead over England's John Bickerton (67) and Australia's Richard Green (69).

Officials hope to complete 72 holes by Sunday night.

Great Lakes Classic

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Patty Sheehan and Jan Stephenson shot 1-under 71s in windy conditions to share the second-round lead in the Women's Senior Golf Tour's Great Lakes Classic.

Sheehan and Stephenson were 4 under, a stroke ahead of Chris Johnson, who also had a 71.



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