Browne, Brehaut leading tourney

Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2005

NORTON, Mass. — Olin Browne didn't have a lot of answers Saturday, only birdies.

Browne hardly missed a shot in the second round on his way to five consecutive birdies and a 6-under 65 that gave him a share of the lead with Jeff Brehaut in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Browne hit the ball so well on the TPC at Boston that he had only one birdie outside 15 feet on his first 11 holes and converted most of them. His only bogey on a breezy, sunny afternoon was a three-putt from 25 feet, and he made pars the rest of the way to join Brehaut at 9-under 133.

Brehaut, who for the first time doesn't have to sweat over keeping his PGA Tour card, had a 66. They led by one shot over Robert Allenby (65), Billy Andrade (68) and Tim Petrovic (66).

Tiger Woods didn't have a good explanation, either.

Coming off a flawless 65 that gave him the first-round lead, Woods was constantly scrambling for par and searching for a swing that would work. He wound up with a 2-over 73 that left him five shots behind.

LPGA State Farm Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Solheim Cup player Pat Hurst shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, the final event before the United States faces Europe next week at Crooked Stick.

Hurst, who won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2000, had eight birdies and a bogey in the third round to finish at 15-under 201 on Rail Golf Club course.

European Masters

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland — Sergio Garcia pitched in from 110 yards on the last hole for an eagle Saturday, giving the Spaniard an even-par 71 and a one-stroke lead after the third round of the European Masters.

Garcia had an 11-under 202 total. Wales' Garry Houston (69) was second, and England's Luke Donald, the defending champion, was two strokes back after a 66.

China Masters

BEIJING — South Africa's Retief Goosen shot a 1-under 71 to take a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell in the China Masters.

Goosen had a 14-under 216 total on the Jinghua Golf Club course. Campbell, of New Zealand, shot a 71.

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