Originally created 08/25/02

Golf roundup



SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Robert Allenby's long eagle putt on the 18th hole came up one turn short Saturday, leaving him in a share of the lead, the same spot where he started a topsy-turvy round in the NEC Invitational.

Only now, he has a lot of company - including Tiger Woods.

Allenby overcame an early double bogey for an even-par 71 at Sahalee Country Club, joining fellow Aussie Craig Parry (66) in the lead at 10-under 203 heading into the final round of the $5 million World Golf Championship event.

One stroke behind was golf's latest wild-and-crazy guy, Fred Funk, who found a new flock of fans in Seattle by holing a bunker shot on the 17th hole for a 68.

Woods was among the leaders until making bogey on his last two holes, but still managed a 67 and was two strokes behind in his bid to become the first player in 75 years to win the same event four years in a row.

Woods will play with Ernie Els, also at 8-under 205, with Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh among those who were another stroke behind. Woods also trailed by two strokes last year in the NEC at Firestone, beating Jim Furyk in a seven-hole playoff.

Betsy King Classic

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Australia's Michelle Ellis, coming off consecutive runner-up finishes as she seeks her first LPGA Tour victory, shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Betsy King Classic.

Ellis birdied eight of the final 11 holes to finish at 15-under 201, breaking the tournament record for 54 holes set last year by Heather Daly-Donofrio en route to her victory.

Australian star Karrie Webb was two strokes back after a 67, and South Korea's Se Ri Pak (66), Kelly Robbins (65) and Angela Stanford (66) followed at 12 under.

Danielle Ammaccapane, who began the round tied for the lead with Australia's Wendy Doolan at 9 under, shot a 71 to fall five strokes back at 10 under. Doolan was another shot behind after a 72.

U.S. Amateur

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Ricky Barnes and Hunter Mahan advanced to the championship of the U.S. Amateur with semifinal victories, keeping alive their hopes for a berth in next year's U.S. Open and a probable invitation to the Masters.

Barnes, a senior at Arizona, used a spectacular short game to beat Wake Forest junior Bill Haas, the son of PGA Tour pro Jay Haas, 1-up. Mahan, a junior at Oklahoma State, earned his way into Sunday's 36-hole final at Oakland Hills with a 1-up victory over North Carolina junior Dustin Bray.

Uniting Fore Care Classic

PARK CITY, Utah -- John Jacobs scored 24 points with two eagles and seven birdies for a share of the second-round lead with Morris Hatalsky in the Senior PGA Tour's Uniting Fore Care Classic.

Jacobs and Hatalsky, who birdied four of the last six holes, each had 30 points under the modified Stableford scoring format.

Tom Watson had 26 points for third place after an eagle and two birdies over the final four holes. Don Pooley was fourth at 21.

Hatalsky, the first-round leader, scored 11 points Saturday. He had six birdies and one bogey in the second round.

Jacobs made a 35-foot eagle putt on No. 8, and added a 10-footer on No. 17. Converted to stroke play, he was 11 under for a course-record 61.

Scottish PGA

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Australia's Adam Scott finished eagle-birdie-birdie for a 5-under 67 and a five-stroke lead after three rounds of the Scottish PGA Championship.

The 22-year-old Scott had an eagle, six birdies and three bogeys en route to a 17-under 199 total. Australia's Scott Gardiner (65) and Scotland's Raymond Russell (66) were tied for second.