Originally created 07/04/99

Golf notes: Woods stays hot at sweltering Western Open



LEMONT, Ill. -- Tiger Woods birdied three holes on the back nine for a 4-under 68 and a commanding 4-stroke lead in the Western Open on a hot Saturday on which a caddie had to be rushed to the hospital.

Woods, at 14-under 202 after three days, has won six of the seven tournaments he's led going into the final round.

Stuart Appleby, who started the day sharing the lead with Woods, bogeyed four holes and finished with an even-par 72 to put him four strokes back at 206. Mike Weir, who shot a 5-under 67, and first-round leader Mike Brisky also were at 206.

The day was marred when Garland Dempsey, John Maginnes' caddie, collapsed as he walked down the 15th fairway. Dempsey's heart stopped, and Maginnes and Matt Moore, a spotter for ABC, performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

Paramedics used a defibrillator to get his pulse back, and he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Palos Community Hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition.

LPGA Jamie Farr

SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Se Ri Pak shot a 68 to join Shani Waugh and Jenny Lidback atop a crowded leader board through three rounds of the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic at 8-under 205.

Five players were a shot back, including Karrie Webb, seeking her sixth LPGA victory of the year, and Mardi Lunn, who led after each of the first two rounds.

Fifteen players were within three shots of the lead.

It was a dramatic contrast to last year, when Pak shot consecutive rounds of 61, a tour record, and 63 to build a nine-stroke lead heading into the last round. Her closing 66 gave her a 261 total, the lowest 72-hole score in tour history.

The round was suspended 83 minutes because of lightning and rain.

State Farm Seniors

COLUMBIA, Md. -- Christy O'Connor moved closer to his first victory on American soil, shooting a 6-under 66 for a 3-shot lead over Bruce Fleisher after two rounds of the State Farm Senior Classic.

O'Connor has 14 birdies and one bogey for a 13-under 131 total after two trips over the 6,983-yard course at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club.

The Ireland native, who started the day with a 2-shot advantage over five players, further distanced himself from the field by making five birdies on the first 10 holes. He followed with four straight pars before a birdie at the par-5 15th moved him 13 under.

Fleisher, the leading money winner on the Senior Tour, shot a 67 for the second straight day. Hubert Green, who began the day tied for second, completed his round of 69 with two straight birdies to go 8 under.

Irish Open

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Argentina's Angel Cabrera fired his second straight 5-under-par 66 and took a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the Irish Open.

He goes into the final round with a 202 total, chased by 19-year-old rookie Sergio Garcia of Spain and Australian Jarrod Moseley at 204. Garcia had a 67 Saturday, while Moseley shot a 69.