Waldorf hangs on to slim Phoenix Open advantage

Sunday, January 27, 2002

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- On a day of swift changes in the lead and more wild cheers for John Daly, Duffy Waldorf made birdie on two of the last four holes Saturday for a 4-under 67 that gave him a one-stroke lead in the Phoenix Open.

Getting up-and-down for birdie from about 140 feet on No. 17 gave Waldorf breathing room, but not much.

He was at 16-under 197, one stroke ahead of Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco, with Daly another stroke back and a slew of others still in the hunt.

Winless on the PGA Tour since his victory in the British Open at St. Andrews in 1995, Daly hit his drive 379 yards on the final hole and spun a sand wedge into 4 feet to finish only two strokes out of the lead.

Everyone will be chasing Waldorf, who took the lead with an approach on the 470-yard eighth hole that grazed the cup and stopped within tap-in distance for a birdie. He made no mistakes the rest of the way.

Johnnie Walker Classic

PERTH, Australia -- U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot a record-tying 9-under 63 to take a 13-shot lead into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.

After shooting a 4-under 68 in treacherous conditions at Lake Karrinyup on Friday, Goosen's 63 equaled Gary Players' record set in 1974 before the course was extended by about 300 yards.

Sergio Garcia, who shot 72 Saturday, and Ernie Els (71) are tied for second at 2-under par. Anthony Wall, who shot 69, is tied with Simon Dyson (70) at 1-under.

South African PGA

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Chris Williams of England carded a 7-under-par 65 in the third round to take a three-stroke lead in the South African PGA Championship.

Williams moved to 13-under 203 overall with his second straight bogey-free round, compiling five birdies on the front nine and two on the back nine. He shot a 64 Friday.

South Africans Tim Clark (73), Titch Moore (66), Douglas McCabe (68) and Hennie Otto (68) were tied for second place.

-- From wire services

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