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McCarron takes three-shot lead at Invensys Classic

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

LAS VEGAS -- Scott McCarron shot a 9-under-par 63 Saturday in ideal playing conditions to take a three-shot lead over Tom Lehman going into the final round of the Invensys Classic at Las Vegas.

McCarron, seeking his second win of the year, made nine birdies and an equal number of pars to overtake Lehman and third-round leader Craig Parry.

On a day when play moved exclusively to the TPC at Summerlin course, McCarron began his round with a tap-in birdie on the first hole and ended it with a short birdie putt on the 18th.

In between, he made seven more birdies and was never in trouble as he moved past Lehman on the back nine.

Lehman shot a 67 and was three shots back, while Parry shot a 70 and was tied with Rory Sabbatini (63) and Bob Estes (68) for third.

LPGA Qualifying

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Suzanne Strudwick of England shot an even-par 72 for a three-stroke victory in the LPGA Qualifying tournament to earn a 2002 tour card.

Strudwick, a nine-year LPGA Tour veteran, finished at 281 and earned $6,000. She had a five-stroke lead to start the final round, and pulled her game together despite three bogeys on the front nine.

Strudwick led 18 players who will be exempt next year. Ten of them were international players, and the eight Americans included 18-year-old Natalie Gulbis of California.

Jean-Marie Busuttil of France had a 70 and finished a 285, while Gulbis (72) was among four players who were at 286.

World Match Play

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- Two-time World Match Play champion Ian Woosnam beat defending champion Lee Westwood and advanced to the finals of the tournament against Padraig Harrington.

Woosnam, who won the event in 1987 and 1990, beat Westwood 10 and 9 in the semifinals.

Harrington had to overcome stiff early resistance from Sam Torrance to beat his Ryder Cup captain 4 and 3 in the other semifinal.

Cannes Open

CANNES, France -- Argentina's Jorge Berendt shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a 2-stroke lead after the third round of the Cannes Open.

Berendt, who has never won an event on the European Tour, fired four birdies and eagled the 4-par 12th hole, finishing at 16-under 200.

Andrew Marshall and English countryman Warren Bennett shared second place with a 14-under 202. Marshall had a 3-under 69, while Bennett shot a 2-under 70.

Transamerica Seniors

NAPA, Calif -- John Mahaffey broke the course record with a 10-under-par 62 to share the second-round lead in The Transamerica.

Mahaffey birdied the first seven holes and finished with 11 birdies as he moved into a three-way tie with Sammy Rachels and Allen Doyle.

Mahaffey's two-round total of 11-under 133 is tied with first-day leader Doyle (66) and Rachels, who tied the previous course record of 63.

Under hot and windless conditions -- in marked contrast to the wind that plagued the golfers on Friday -- 35 golfers shot rounds in the 60s, including a 64 by Ted Goin, who is in fourth place at 134.



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