Norman tumbles out of lead

Sunday, June 2, 2002

POTOMAC, Md. -- The Shark strayed into the creek.

Greg Norman, ahead by two strokes after the second round, struggled on almost every hole Saturday in the Kemper Open and lost his lead in the water at the sixth hole.

The result was a jumbled leaderboard, with no one taking control and a bevy of players in contention.

Bob Estes and Bob Burns shot 69s to lead at 10-under 203. Jay Williamson, who led the tournament after three rounds six years ago before nerves got the best of him, shot a 67 to match Bob May (69) at 9 under.

"It was a really strange day," said Norman, who shot a 74 to fall to 7 under. "Nothing really happened. Hopefully, I've got my bad round out of me, and I'll be back in the 60s tomorrow."

Rich Beem, the 1999 Kemper winner, was 8 under along with Franklin Langham, Duffy Waldorf and Andrew Magee. Norman was three off the pace along with Justin Leonard (67), Kirk Triplett (68) and Steve Elkington (69).

Should Burns win, he'd become the latest remarkable first-time PGA Tour winner the Kemper is known for producing. He couldn't even remember the only other time he's lead a tour event -- first round at the 1999 Doral-Ryder Open -- and he's battled through personal and physical difficulties to remain a fringe player in the game.

Burns could become the Kemper's fourth consecutive first-time tour winner.

Kellogg-Keebler Classic

AURORA, Ill. -- Annika Sorenstam, seeking for fourth LPGA Tour victory of the year, shot a 5-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the Kellogg-Keebler Classic.

Danielle Ammaccapane, one of Sorenstam's playing partners, was 9 under after a 70.

NFL Golf Classic

CLIFTON, N.J. -- Jay Sigel moved into position for his second straight victory, shooting a 4-under 68 for a share of the second-round lead in the NFL Golf Classic.

South Africa's John Bland, winless on the Senior PGA Tour since 1996, shot a 69 to match Sigel at 8-under 136.

NCAA championship

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- In a season of extraordinary lows and highs, the Minnesota golf program -- targeted for elimination just two months earlier -- won its first national championship.

The Golden Gophers, who received a reprieve when boosters raised enough money to reinstate the program for at least a year, shot a 6-under 278 on Saturday for a 1,134 total and a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Georgia Tech.

Tech's Troy Matteson won the individual title, shooting a 4-under 67 to finish at 8-under 276, one stroke better than Texas Christian's Adam Rubinson.

-- From wire reports

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