Originally created 07/31/05

Golf roundup



WICHITA, Kan. - Chris Couch can earn a PGA Tour card for the rest of the season with a victory in today's Wichita Open.

Couch, who is tied for the 54-hole lead, would move up to the big tour after his third Nationwide Tour victory of 2005.

"One of my goals is to get the 'battlefield promotion,' so it is on my mind," Couch said. "But I try not to dwell on it. I'll just take it shot by shot tomorrow."

Couch shot 5-under-par 66 on Saturday to share the lead at 13-under 200 with Charley Hoffman (67 on Saturday).

Fran Quinn (64) and John Mallinger (65) are one shot behind the leaders at Crestview Country Club.

Couch, who is the tour's leading money winner with $307,598, earlier won the Rheem Classic and the LaSalle Bank Open.

SCANDINAVIAN MASTERS: In Stockholm, Sweden, Bradley Dredge shot 5-under-par 66 to maintain a share of the lead with Barry Lane after the third round of the European Tour event.

Dredge, the second-round leader, had a chance to finish 54 holes with a one-stroke edge but just missed a birdie putt on the last hole.

Lane, who shot 65, is tied with Dredge at 18-under 195 entering today's final round at the soggy Kungsangen Kings Course.

Henrik Stenson and Mark Hensby - who tied for fifth in the Masters Tournament in April and shared third in the U.S. Open - shot 64s to share third place at 16-under. Damien McGrane was another stroke back after his 64.

Dredge, whose only European Tour win came in 2003 after shooting a third-round 60 in the Madeira Island Open, also led going into last week's final round of the European Tour event in Germany but finished fifth.

Adam Scott - the highest-ranked player in the field - moved into a tie for sixth with 65.