Gamez closer to ending PGA dry spell

Sunday, July 28, 2002

SILVIS, Ill. -- Robert Gamez, winless since taking two events in 1990 in his first two months on the PGA Tour, shot a 5-under 66 for a share of the third-round lead Saturday in the John Deere Classic.

J.P. Hayes, the second-round co-leader after a course-record 61, had a 67 to match Gamez at 18-under 195 on the TPC at Deere Run.

The start of the round was delayed nearly five hours because of a morning thunderstorm. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways.

Mike Heinen, who opened with a 63 to top the field after the first round, was three strokes back at 15 under after a 66.

LPGA: South Korea's Gloria Park matched the tournament record with an 8-under 63, but all that did was tie her for the lead Saturday after three rounds of the LPGA Big Apple Classic at New Rochelle, N.Y., with Annika Sorenstam, who had a 64.

Park, in her third season on tour, matched Betsy King's 63 from 1990, but that was when the 6,161-yard Wykagyl Country Club course played to a par of 72. Since it was changed to par 71 the next year, Park's round was the lowest.

Park has one career LPGA Tour victory, at the Williams Championship last year -- five fewer than Sorenstam has in 2002.

Sorenstam, the 1998 and 2000 winner, made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to match Park at 12-under 201.

SENIOR PGA: Bob Gilder extended his bogey-free streak to 47 holes and kept his one-stroke lead after two rounds of the FleetBoston Classic despite a late surge by Jim Thorpe at Concord, Mass.

Gilder shot a 5-under 67 and was at 11-under 133 in his bid to become the first player to win consecutive senior tournaments since Thorpe did it last year. Gilder beat Hale Irwin in a playoff last week in the SBC Senior Open in Chicago.

Thorpe birdied four of the last five holes for a 65. Ted Goin (66) and Dave Eichelberger (68) were another stroke behind.

PGA EUROPE: Germany's Tobias Dier eagled the final hole Saturday for a 3-under-par 67 and a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the million Dutch Open at Hilversum, Netherlands.

The 25-year-old Dier, who shot a European tour-record tying 10-under 60 in the first round, had a 16-under 194 total on the Hilversumsche course. Ireland's Padraig Harrington (64) and England's Mark Roe (66) tied for second.

PGA EUROPE SENIORS: Japan's Noboru Sugai shot a 2-over 73 in windy conditions to take a six-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior British Open at Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

--From wire reports

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