Originally created 09/08/02

Golf roundup



MARKHAM, Ontario - Despite another day of low scores, no one could catch Neal Lancaster in the Canadian Open on Saturday.

Lancaster was never in serious trouble and shot 5-under-par 67 at Angus Glen, giving him a two-stroke lead over Greg Chalmers of Australia and his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour in six years.

Nine other players had better scores, but Lancaster might have had the best round. He played in the final group, when the greens were firm and bumpy.

Instead of celebrating his position at 16-under 200 Lancaster was kicking himself. He missed birdie putts of 12 and 8 feet on the final two holes.

"I could have put a big gap between me and second place," he said. "I was 2-under par on the back nine, and felt like I was over par."

Chalmers chipped in from 15 feet for eagle on No. 7, then rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt on No. 9 in shooting a 65 to earn a spot in the final group for the first time.

Billy Andrade, who started the third round tied with Lancaster, lost two balls in the hazard on the front nine and finished with a 70. He was in the group at 203 that included Vijay Singh (66), Justin Leonard (66), Steve Flesch (65) and Grant Waite (69).

"I'll probably have to shoot 5-under again to win it," Lancaster said. "I don't think I can shoot 3-under and win."

EUROPEAN MASTERS: In Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Sweden's Robert Karlsson shot 3-under-par 68 for a two-stroke lead after three rounds.

Karlsson had a bogey-free round that included three birdies to move to 14-under 199, two strokes ahead of Italy's Emanuele Canonica.

Canonica shot 65 for a three-round total of 201.

England's Barry Lane shot 64 and moved into a tie for third place with 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie (66) and South Africa's Trevor Immelman (65) at 202.

British Open champion Ernie Els shot 66, moving into a tie for 12th place, eight shots off the lead. Nick Faldo (69) is also tied for 12th.

KROGER SENIOR CLASSIC: In Maineville, Ohio, Bob Gilder shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead, putting him in position to win consecutive senior tour events for the second time this year.

Gilder, winner of the Allianz Championship last week in Iowa, had 13-under 131 total. First-round leader Andy North (68) and Ed Dougherty (65) followed at 12-under, and Tom Kite, with the day's low score of 64, moved into contention at 11-under.

"I feel like I'm more in control with my iron play than last week," Gilder said. "Today was as good a day, tee to green, as I've had. It seemed like I hit the ball close all day. I'm giving myself a lot of chances, and I'm putting pretty decently."

Kite's 64 tied the course record set by Steve Flesch in U.S. Open sectional qualifying in June and matched by North in the opening round on the new 7,145-yard TPC at River's Bend.

Kite might have broken that record and tied for the lead except for a bad chip and a three-putt lapse on the par-5 sixth.

"That was pretty demoralizing," Kite said. "I kind of threw away two shots."

Miller Barber had noticed that Kite's swing had become too steep, he said.

"It's a great stroke for chopping wood, but not for golf," Kite said.

North struggled through the front nine.

"I hit the trees off the tee at the first hole and made just an ugly bogey," North said. He had another "ugly bogey" on the par-3 fifth when he hit a seven iron over the green.

"I just kind of hung in there and played the last 13 holes pretty well," North said.

Five birdies on the back nine put him back in the hunt.

Dougherty equaled Gilder, Ben Crenshaw and Hale Irwin with his 65.