Originally created 02/10/02

Golf roundup



SAN DIEGO - Jerry Kelly moved into position for his second win of the season, shooting a 6-under-par 66 on Torrey Pines' South Course to tie Mark O'Meara and J.L. Lewis for the third-round lead in the Buick Invitational on Saturday.

Kelly's 66 was the lowest score of the week on the South Course, longer and more difficult after an extensive renovation, and it came on a day when warm Santa Ana winds off the desert made it a bit tougher.

As an extra sideshow, a brush fire broke out not far from Torrey Pines, drawing stares from golfers and dropping a light dusting of ash on the 16th and 17th holes, which didn't affect play.

Kelly, O'Meara (70) and Lewis (71) were tied at 10-under 206 atop a crowded leaderboard that doesn't include two-time defending champion Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut in his hometown tournament.

John Daly shot a 68 to top group of five at 207, one stroke behind the leaders. Daly, is trying for his first top-three finish since his last tour victory, the 1995 British Open.

Also tied at 9 under were K.J. Choi (69); Rory Sabbatini (71); Jay Williamson (70) and Kent Jones (72).

Williamson made a hole-in-one with a 7-iron on the par-3, 196-yard third. Choi shot his third straight 69.

Tiger Woods rallied for a 69 a day after nearly missing the cut with a 77, but was still six strokes back at 212.

Kelly, who earned his first tour victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii in mid-January, came from five strokes off the second-round lead, which Lewis shared with Kent Jones.

O'Meara, the 1997 Buick champion, is winless on the tour since his Masters and British Open victories in 1998.

SENIOR ACE GROUP CLASSIC: Tom Watson shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Hale Irwin in the ACE Group Classic.

Watson, winless in Florida, had a tournament-record 14-under 130 total on The Club at TwinEagles. Al Geiberger set the previous 36-hole mark of 131 in his 1996 win at The Classics at Lely Resort in Naples, Fla.

Irwin, the senior tour's career victory leader with 32, shot a 64. Dana Quigley (68) was three strokes back at 133, and Georgian Allen Doyle (67) and Jim Thorpe (68) followed at 134. Doyle, the 2001 senior player of the year, won the 1999 tournament

Ben Crenshaw, making his senior debut, rebounded from his opening 76 with a 67 for a 1-under 143 total.

ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP: Australia's Andre Stolz scored nine points under the Modified Stableford scoring system to take a two-point lead over countryman Craig Parry in the ANZ Championship in Sydney, Australia.

Stolz, who led by as many as eight points, bogeyed the par-5 17th, but rebounded by making a 10-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish with 39 points. Sweden's Richard Johnson and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher were four points back at 35.