Huston fires 61

Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2002

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- John Huston made six straight birdies and flirted with golf's magic number Saturday before finishing with an 11-under 61, giving him a share of the lead with Tim Herron in the Buick Challenge.

Huston had every reason to believe he could shoot 59 on the rain-softened Mountain View course at Callaway Gardens. He failed to birdie two par 5s with putts inside 5 feet, and he missed another 6-foot birdie putt on the opening hole.

Senior Tour Championship

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tom Watson holed a 132-yard shot for eagle and needed only 23 putts to take a share of the third-round lead in the season-ending Senior Tour Championship.

Nine Bridges Classic

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea -- Se Ri Pak missed a chance to run away with the Nine Bridges Classic, shooting a 4-over 76 in windy conditions to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

The South Korean star, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Tournament of Champions, was the only player under par after two rounds. She had a 3-under 141 total.

South Korea's Grace Park, a two-time winner in three full seasons on the LPGA Tour, was the only player to break par Saturday, shooting a 71 to jump from a tie for 22nd to second.

Mi Hyun Kim, another South Korean player who has won twice this year, shot a 75 to join Canada's Lorie Kane (75), Scotland's Mhairi McKay (75) and Jackie Gallagher-Smith (76) at 1 over.

Annika Sorenstam, seeking her 10th LPGA Tour title of the year and 12th worldwide title, was five strokes back at 2 over after her second straight 73. Tour Championship

PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Jeff Klauk was 2 under for 12 holes to take a two-stroke lead in the suspended third round of the season-ending Tour Championship.

Klauk was 9 under overall when play was stopped because of rain and lightning. Arron Oberholser and Patrick Moore, the top two players on the money list who each have two victories this year, were tied for second, two strokes back. Oberholser, the money leader at $297,083, shot a 66, and Moore had four holes to play.

Sixteen players were unable to complete the round.

The top 15 players on the money list after the tournament will earn 2003 PGA Tour cards. Klauk is No. 42 on the money list and would jump into the top 15 if he wins the $108,000 first prize.

Madrid Open

MADRID, Spain -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Adam Scott after the third round of the Madrid Open.

Harrington, trying to catch South Africa's Retief Goosen in the money race, had a 16-under 197 total. Scott also shot a 66.

Goosen, who entered the tournament about $50,000 ahead of Harrington, was five strokes back after a 67.

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