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Woods clings to lead

Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2003

WOODSTOCK, Ga. Tiger Woods finished with a 1-under 69 Saturday that cut his lead at the American Express Championship down to two strokes.

Vijay Singh, who leads the PGA Tour money list and is about $475,000 ahead of Woods, was flawless off the tee and shot a 6-under 64 despite two bogeys over his final five holes. The $6 million World Golf Championship finally has some drama, although Woods could have done without it.

He still has the lead, at 8-under 202, and is nearly unbeatable in these situations. Woods is 29-2 on the PGA Tour when he has at least a share of the lead going into the last round. Tim Herron finished with a 67 and was only three shots behind at 205. Herron will be paired with K.J. Choi, whose 68 left the South Korean at 206.

LPGA Tour

LINCOLN, Calif. Helen Alfredsson tied the tournament record with an 8-under-par 64 to take the lead after three rounds of the Longs Drugs Challenge.

Alfredsson, who hasn't won an LPGA event since 1998, leads a group of four by one stroke with an 11-under 205 total at the Lincoln Hills Club. Second-round leader Se Ri Pak shot a 71 after her 64 the previous day, putting her one shot back, along with Rachel Teske, Jung Yeon Lee and Pat Hurst, who all shot 66s.

Southern Farm

MADISON, Miss. John Huston made three straight birdies on the back nine and shot a 4-under 68 to retain his second-round lead.

Still, some sloppy play on the final few holes meant Huston led by two strokes heading into Sunday.

Huston was 16 under after 54 holes. Paul Stankowski (66), Hidemichi Tanaka (68) and rookie Chris Anderson (67) all cut into Huston's lead on the 18th hole and finished tied for second at 202.



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