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Jang sets record pace to lead Women's British Open by five

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Jeong Jang shot a 3-under 69 to stretch her lead at the Women's British Open to five strokes Saturday, while Annika Sorenstam grabbed a share of second place with a third-round 66.

Jang, seeking her first victory in her sixth season on the LPGA Tour, is 13-under 203 at the Royal Birkdale links in Southport, England, for the best score through 54 holes since the tournament became a major five years ago. Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr (69) were both at 8-under 208.

Sorenstam is chasing her third major of the season and 10th overall.

Among the best rounds of the day belonged to Dalhousie Golf Club touring pro Karen Stupples, the defending tournament champion. She fired a 7-under 65 to move to 6 under for the tournament.

Among the five players at 7-under 209 is 15-year-old Michelle Wie, playing her last tournament before she returns to high school. She posted her second 67 in a row after opening with a 75 in the wind and rain Thursday.

Tied with Wie are Paula Creamer, the winner of last week's Evian Masters who had seven birdies in a flawless 65, Liselotte Neumann (68) and 2000 British Open champion Sophie Gustafson (67) of Sweden and another Korean, Young Kim (67).

Buick Open

Vijay Singh quickly turned a showdown between the world's top two golfers into a rout.

Singh started the third round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., one stroke ahead of Tiger Woods, then birdied the first three holes while Woods bogeyed Nos. 2 through 4. Singh matched the tournament record of 7 under on the front nine and closed with a 63 Saturday, matching the event's 54-hole record of 22-under 194.

If Singh holds onto his five-shot lead, he'll be the first three-time champion at the Buick Open -- a tournament that started in 1958 -- and the first champion to repeat since Tony Lema in 1965.

Woods had three straight bogeys -- falling seven strokes behind after four holes -- before finishing 2 under for the round and 14 under for the tournament, eight shots behind Singh.

U.S. Senior Open

Craig Stadler made a spectacular bunker shot on the final hole and went on to make a birdie and move into a tie for the lead with Loren Roberts after three rounds of the U.S. Senior Open in Kettering, Ohio.

Stadler had pulled his drive into the bunker left of the fairway on the dogleg par-4, but was able to muscle 7-iron a shot out of the sand from 153 yards that ended up just 4 feet from the pin. He made the birdie to cap a 69.

Roberts also shot a 69 to share the top spot at 11-under 202, highlighting his round by spinning in a wedge at the 10th for an eagle.

-- From staff, wire reports


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