Stadler leads Senior British Open by two

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Former Masters champion Craig Stadler saved par on his final two holes for a 3-under 68 Friday, leaving him the only player under par at the Senior British Open with a two-shot lead over Greg Norman.

The last thing Norman wanted to do in his Champions Tour debut in Aberdeen, Scotland, was take himself out of contention. Instead, the Shark fired away on a blustery afternoon at Royal Aberdeen. He finished off his 67 by muscling a 9-iron out of deep rough into 30 feet and holing the birdie putt on the 18th.

Stadler was at 1-under 141 as he goes after his third Champions Tour major.

Des Smyth had a 72 and was four behind at 3-over 145, followed by a group at 146 that included Tom Watson (71) and first-round leader Loren Roberts (74).

Evian Masters

Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66, taking a seven-stroke lead over Karine Icher and Laura Davies after the third round of the Evian Masters in Evian, France.

The 18-year-old Creamer was eight strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam (72), and 11 in front of Michelle Wie. The 15-year-old amateur shot a 68 after rounds of 75 and 70. Wie fired her new Irish caddie Brian Smallwood after the first round and her father, B.J., is now on her bag.

Dalhousie Golf Club touring professional Karen Stupples shot a 76 and is 8-over par for the tournament.

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