Woods, Garcia set for showdown

Posted: Sunday, December 03, 2000

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Sergio Garcia closed with a double bogey after hitting into the water on No. 18, but still finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday to lead Tiger Woods by one shot in the Williams World Challenge.

Woods had a 67 to set up a showdown with the 20-year-old Spanish star for the $1 million winner's prize. Garcia was at 18-under 198 after three rounds on the Sherwood Country Club course.

He and Woods essentially turned the 12-man tournament into a duel, with Davis Love III, at 14 under after a 71, the only player within close striking range of the pair.

PGA Tour Qualifying

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- David Gossett shot a 13-under 59 -- highlighted by his first ever hole-in-one -- to jump 124 places in the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

The 1999 U.S. Amateur winner aced the 162-yard, par-3 third hole with an 8-iron, and had 11 birdies on PGA West's Nicklaus Private course. He was tied for 25th at 12-under 276 after starting the round in a 129th-place tie following rounds of 70, 76 and 71.

South Africa's Andrew McLardy maintained the lead in the 108-hole tournament, shooting a 66 for a 27-under 261 total.

Nedbank Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa -- Denmark's Thomas Bjorn eagled the 17th hole en route to a 7-under 65 and a share of the third-round lead with defending champion Ernie Els in the Nedbank Challenge.

Bjorn and Els (67) had 16-under 200 totals, two shots better than England's Lee Westwood and Zimbabwe's Nick Price in the chase for the $2 million first-place check -- the largest top prize in golf history.

American John Huston shot a course-record 64 to move into fifth place at 203. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie also had a 64, but is seven strokes behind the leaders.

Women's World Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Swedish sisters Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam shot an 8-under 64 to increase their lead to three strokes in the Women's World Cup of Golf.

The Sorenstams had eight birdies in the best-ball round for a 13-under 131 total. Australians Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington were second after a 66.

Senior Slam

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas -- Tom Kite shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Hale Irwin after the first round of the Senior Slam.

Kite, who won The Tradition to qualify for the $600,000 tournament for the year's major champions, birdied all four par-5 holes on the Our Lucaya Reef Course. Doug Tewell opened with a 70, and Raymond Floyd shot a 72.

Australian PGA

BRISBANE, Australia -- Australia's Robert Allenby shot an even-par 72 in windy conditions to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Australian PGA.

Allenby, second last week in the Australian Open, had an 11-under 205 total. Australia's Steve Conran (76) was second.



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