Lehman, Baird tied for lead at Disney

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2004

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Tied for the lead in what was shaping up as another shootout at Disney, Tom Lehman believes he has experience on his side.

Not from the last 12 years, but the last three weeks.

Despite five PGA Tour victories, three Ryder Cup teams and one major championship, Lehman's confidence comes from having at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the third consecutive week. He got there Saturday with two eagles in a round of 5-under 67 that left him tied with Briny Baird in the Funai Classic at Disney.

Now all Lehman has to do is write a different ending.

''I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow's round of golf,'' Lehman said. ''I feel like there's really nothing to lose other than just going out and going for it.''

He won't be alone.

Baird showed plenty of moxie by recovering from a disastrous start at Disney, even par on the front nine spells trouble and a three-shot deficit with five holes to play. He shot a 68 that allowed him to join Lehman at 17-under 199.

Scott Verplank, a runner-up at Disney last year, shot 65 and was one shot behind.

The biggest threat of all might be the most familiar name of all on the leaderboard Vijay Singh, the No. 1 player in golf going for his fourth straight PGA Tour victory. He hit the ball so pure that he had only one birdie putt longer than 15 feet on the back nine, and the Fijian made enough of them for a 65 to finish three shots behind.

A victory by Singh would be his ninth of the year and make him the first $10 million man in golf.

''I had my share (of birdies) out there today,'' Singh said. ''And there's 18 holes tomorrow.''

Madrid Open

MADRID, Spain Darren Fichardt had four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the way to a 4-under 67, grabbing a share of the lead with Paul Broadhurst after the third round of the Madrid Open.

The South African birdied Nos. 4, 5, 7 and 8 on his way to tying Broadhurst at 13-under 200.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship

SONOMA, Calif. Tom Kite shot an even-par 72 to take a two-stroke lead over Jose Maria Canizares in a misty drizzle during the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Saturday, the Champions Tour's season-ending event at Sonoma Golf Club.

Kite, at 10-under 206, has led each of the first three rounds.

Canizares shot a 2-under 70 to move into second place, while the three golfers who trailed Kite after the second round all fell back.

Hale Irwin made three early bogeys and struggled to a 2-over 74, was in third place at 209, three strokes behind Kite.

Allen Doyle had the rainy day's best round, shooting 5 under to move into fourth place at 211, five strokes behind Kite. Mark McNulty also finished at 211 after a 4-under 68.

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