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Singh leads 84 Lumber Classic by two strokes

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

FARMINGTON, Pa. Vijay Singh's ability to turn bad lies into good shots helped him to an even-par 72 that kept him in the 84 Lumber Classic lead on Saturday.

Singh finished at 12-under 204 to lead Chris DiMarco by two shots and Jonathan Byrd and Matt Gogel by three. Heavy fog shrouded the Mystic Rock mountaintop course for the third straight morning, forcing a delay in play and the decision to go out in threesomes rather than twosomes.

Singh's lead was down to one after he bogeyed No. 11, but DiMarco gave a stroke back with a bogey at the par-4 14th. Singh got up and down from the fringe to save par on the par-4 15th, then made an even better recovery at the par-5, 526-yard 16th.

After hitting his second shot into the water, Singh needed to chip in from 25 feet along the right front fringe to save par and did exactly that, avoiding a two-shot swing on a hole DiMarco birdied.

Play lagged all day, with Singh, DiMarco and Ben Curtis needing 5 hours and 20 minutes for their round about 80 minutes slower than usual.

Singh can break Woods' single-season money record of $9.1 million set in 2000 by winning the $756,000 first prize. His other options are finishing second in two late-season no-cut tournaments that offer guaranteed money.

LPGA Tour

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Leta Lindley had seven birdies to finish at 6-under 65, good for a one-shot lead over two-time champion Juli Inkster at the LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge.

Lindley, a 32-year-old pro looking for her first tour victory, birdied five holes on the back nine to finish at 14-under 199.

Starting two strokes behind Inkster, Lindley posted birdies on consecutive holes to finish 2 under on the front side. She began the back nine with two more birdies to briefly take the lead before bogeying the par-4 13th.

Lindley added birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16 to regain the lead.

Champions Tour

CARY, N.C. Craig Stadler is already atop the Champions Tour money list, and he's poised to become the first tour player in more than six years to win three consecutive tournaments.

Stadler shot a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the $1.8 million SAS Championship. Stadler birdied five of his final 12 holes, leaving him at 133 on the par-72, 7,129-yard Prestonwood Country Club course.

Tom Jenkins had the low round of the day, a 7-under 65, and was alone in second place at 137. Stewart Ginn, John Harris and defending champion D.A. Weibring were tied for third at 139.

The Heritage

WOBURN, England Henrik Stenson shot a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over Swedish countryman Patrik Sjoland after three rounds at The Heritage.

Stenson was at 13-under 203, with Sjoland (68) at 204 and Simon Wakefield of England another shot back. Mikko Ilonen shot a 65 for the best round of the week, leaving him fourth at 206.

Stenson had an eagle-3 at No. 4 on a 45-foot putt and a birdie putt of 18 feet at No. 5. But a double bogey followed at No. 6.

Second-round leaders Graeme McDowell and Phillip Price both shot 72s and were at 209 with Alastair Forsyth (66) and Mark Foster (69).



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