Originally created 10/25/98

Golf roundup: Love emerges from Disney pack

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It didn't take Davis Love III long to figure out what he needed to do Saturday at Disney's National Car Rental Classic.

The skies were cloudy and the conditions were relatively soft. And when he and Doug Martin stepped onto the first tee at the Magnolia Course, they watched the electronic scoreboard go through three pages of names before reaching the guy in second place.

"Twelve people were tied at seven under," Love said. "We knew that somebody would get out and shoot a low score and set the pace."

Love managed just fine, using a birdie-eagle stretch to put distance between him and the field and closing with a 25-foot birdie for a 7-under-par 65 and a three-stroke lead over Martin and Glen Day.

"All in all, it was a good, solid round," said Love, who finished at 14-under 202. "And a good score when I needed it."

Love was in danger of missing the cut after opening with a 73. He could have returned home to Georgia to hunt -- deer season and rifle season opened Saturday -- or just hang out with the family.

"Being here in the lead is a lot more fun," he said.

Maybe not for everyone else.

Day, who has earned over $1 million this year without winning a tournament, said he played some of his best golf of the year in the MCI Classic the week after the Masters. He finished second -- seven strokes behind Love.

"Ease up!," he said to Love as they passed in the interview room.

That may be the only chance for everyone else within striking distance.

John Huston was at 206 after a 3-under 69, while Tiger Woods, Jesper Parnevik and Fred Funk were another stroke back. Defending champion David Duval was at 208.

LPGA SAMSUNG: All signs point to another sweep of golf's major awards for Annika Sorenstam.

On Saturday, she played like she wants to end the debate right away.

Sorenstam shot a course-record 6-under-par 66 to finish with a one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf.

She heads into Sunday's final round with an 8-under 208, one stroke ahead of defending champion Juli Inkster, who matched Sorenstam's 66 at the 6,326-yard Tierra Del Sol course in The Villages, Fla.

Dottie Pepper carried a three-stroke lead into the third round but shot a 71 and fell into third place, two strokes behind Sorenstam in the $550,000 tournament.

Sorenstam is the tour's leading money winner, the frontrunner in the points battle for Player of the Year and leading the race for the Vare Trophy -- given to the player with the lowest scoring average.

With two official events remaining after this, Sorenstam is in good position to sweep the awards, just as she did in 1995, her second year on the tour.

"That's what I dream about, is having a chance to win a tournament on Sunday," Sorenstam said. "Especially with it coming down to the end of the season, with the money list, Player of the Year and Vare Trophy. That would mean so much to me. I just have to go out and give it all tomorrow."


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