Originally created 03/11/01

Parnevik maintains lead at Honda



CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Heron Bay's best defender took the day off Saturday. Jesper Parnevik, along with the rest of the field, took advantage.

On a rare, windless day when the flags didn't sway unless they were being taken out of the holes, the only significant movement at the Honda Classic was on the leaderboard.

Parnevik shot a 6-under-par 66 in the third round to retain a three-shot lead at 18 under, breaking J.P. Hayes' 54-hole tournament record of 200 set last year. Mark Calcavecchia (66) was 15 under, followed by Geoff Oglivy (65) and Dan Forsman (65) at 14 under.

"Three shots is not as big as it sounds," Parnevik said.

Calcavecchia disagreed.

"It's going to be tough running him down. ... It just doesn't happen these days unless you get on a super, super hard course. And we're not on a super hard, hard course.

"He's going to make some putts and probably play a good round of golf. So that extra couple of shots is big. One shot is nothing, but three - three could be a little tougher. But that certainly doesn't mean I don't think I have a chance. I'll make him sweat a little."

Through nine tournaments this season, six winners have come from behind on the final day.

Lee Janzen tied the course record with a 64 but was five strokes back along with John Daly, who shot a 67. Oglivy started the day in a 13-way tie for ninth place, while Janzen and Oglivy were deadlocked in 29th.

"It was a completely different golf course today," Oglivy said. "It was there for the taking."

And nearly everyone did. Only two players, Stephen Ames and Gabriel Hjertstedt, were over par. Both shot 73.

Parnevik started the day with three straight pars, then made birdie on five of the seven holes to move to 17 under. He gave a stroke back on the par-3 No. 15 - the only hole he has bogeyed this week - but got it right back with a birdie on the 16th.

He might have saved his best shot for last, though.

With his approach shot on No. 18 landing in the thick rough, he was left with little green to work with for his chip. So he just knocked it in.

"You have to be lucky to win these days on the PGA Tour," Parnevik said.

Calcavecchia, who birdied five of six holes beginning with No. 9, pulled even with Parnevik at 16 under with a birdie on No. 16. But the 40-year-old Calcavecchia duck hooked his drive on the par-4 17th and settled for bogey.

"I was just happy to par 18 after that," he said.

Calcavecchia continued to make a rapid recovery from knee surgery two weeks ago. He needed 11 painkillers to get through the first round, but that number was down to seven Saturday.

He tore the medial meniscus in his left knee during the Bob Hope Classic and had surgery Feb. 21. It was his third knee procedure, the second on his left knee.

"You don't realize how easy it is to walk 18 holes until you have a knee that's killing you. It's tough to walk," said Calcavecchia, a two-time Honda Classic winner who decided to play this week partly out of loyalty to the tournament. "Every time my left foot hits the ground it hurts."

Divots: Ty Tryon, a 16-year-old high school sophomore who became the second youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event, shot a 2-under 70 and was 6 under (tied for 51st) heading into the final round. "I just don't want it to end," Tryon said. ... Parnevik and Calcavecchia are Florida residents, and since the tournament moved to Heron Bay in 1997, all four winners have hailed from the Sunshine State. ... Daly, Brian Gay and Shaun Micheel have not bogeyed any holes in the past two days. ... Janzen now shares the course record with Daly (1998) and Davis Love III (2000).