Originally created 02/20/00

Orr and Price head Portuguese Golf



PENINA, Portugal -- Phillip Price of Wales shot a course-record 65 Saturday to tie Gary Orr of Scotland for the third-round lead of the Portuguese Open, three strokes ahead of the rest of the field.

Price didn't have a bogey as he finished with a 10-under-par 206 after three rounds.

Orr, the overnight leader took 19 putts on the front nine, which he covered in 3-over-par. He bounced back with five birdies on the back nine, needing only 11 putts, to finish at 2-under-par 70.

Ireland's Paul McGinley was three shots off the pace at 209 after a 67. Zimbabwe's Tony Johnstone shot 68 to move up into fourth slot at 210.

Price made a 25-foot birdie at the first hole to set the tone for the round.

" That got me going, " the 33 year-old Welshman said. " All the other birdies were close except for the 15-footer at the last."

Price also saved par with a pitch from scrub right of the 16th green and again with another pitch from right of the 17th, both to five feet.

Orr felt a different satisfaction. " Sometimes you get more pleasure from a round where you fight back like today than when you play well, " Orr said.

Orr got up and down twice on his five-birdie back-nine and left a beautifully feathered chip for eagle at the 18th only 2 inches short.

Orr is still seeking his first Tour title.

The only time he led into the final round was at last year's Dutch Open when he was thwarted Sunday by an inspired Lee Westwood.

Price's only title was in this same event in 1995.