Edwards builds three-stroke lead at Air Canada tourney

Sunday, September 2, 2001

SURREY, British Columbia -- Joel Edwards shot a 3-under-par 68 Saturday and held a three-shot lead in the Air Canada Championship, the first time the 11-year PGA Tour veteran has led a tournament after 54 holes.

"It's a nice feeling, I could get used to this," said Edwards, who hasn't had a bogey since his 10th hole of Thursday's opening round and was at 13-under 200. "I feel good about what I'm doing, but I'm surprised I didn't get in the way of myself, which I have a tendency to do."

Grant Waite's 65 was the best score of the third round and left him at 203, one shot in front of Fred Funk, who had a 67, and David Gossett, who shot a 69.

"It's nice to know that I played extremely well out there and hung in because it could have gone the other way pretty easily," Edwards said.

It did just that for Steve Lowery.

Lowery birdied eight of his first 16 holes and took a temporary share of the lead at 12-under before a double-bogey on No. 17 and a triple-bogey on 18 left him six strokes off the pace.

LPGA State Farm Classic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam posted her third consecutive round in the 60s on Saturday and stretched her lead to five strokes after three rounds of the LPGA State Farm Classic.

Cristie Kerr was alone in second after a career-best 63 Saturday, one off the tournament record.

Seeking her seventh win of the year on tour, Sorenstam offset three bogeys with eight birdies in a 5-under-par 67 that gave her an 18-under 198 total after three trips around the 6,405-yard Rail Golf Course.

Sorenstam shared the first-round lead after opening with a 65 and boosted the margin to three shots with a second-round 66.

Moira Dunn and Alicia Dibos had the best third rounds of the group tied at 12-under with 67s. Jean Barthomelew had a 68 and Kate Golden and Emilee Klein had 70s.

BMW International Open

MUNICH, Germany -- Padraig Harrington shot a 10-under-par 62 to take a one-shot lead over John Daly through three rounds of the BMW International Open.

The Irishman put together and eagle and five birdies from the third through eighth holes, then birdied three of the last four to move to 22-under 194.

Daly, who led by four shots Friday after rounds of 63-64, managed a 68 in the cold and wind Saturday. He is seeking his first victory since the 1995 British Open at St. Andrews.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was in third place at 19 under after a 69.

Kroger Senior Classic

MASON, Ohio -- Larry Nelson and Jim Thorpe shot 5-under-par 65s and were tied for the lead in the Kroger Senior Classic, reduced to a 36-hole event because of an opening-round rainout.

Hale Irwin, Dana Quigley, John Mahaffey and Bob Murphy were all at 66.

-- From wire reports

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