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A threat has little effect on Fleisher

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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 15, 2002


CLEMMONS, N.C. -- After the third round was delayed two hours because of a bomb threat written on the wall of a portable toilet, Bruce Fleisher shot 6-under 64 for a five-stroke lead at the RJR Championship.

CLEMMONS, N.C. -- After the third round was delayed two hours because of a bomb threat written on the wall of a portable toilet, Bruce Fleisher shot 6-under 64 for a five-stroke lead at the RJR Championship.

Combined with an opening Senior PGA record 60, Fleisher broke the tour's record for consecutive rounds. Isao Aoki set the mark of 125 in the 1997 Emerald Coast Classic near Pensacola, and Walter Morgan matched it this year in the AT&T Canada Senior Open. Fleisher is seeking his first win this year after winning 14 times in his first three seasons on the tour.

"I didn't play as well as I did yesterday, but 64 is a good score," Fleisher said.

Hale Irwin was second after matching Fleisher's 64. Don Pooley (64) was six back. Morris Hatalsky had the best score of the day, 63 to join 2000 winner Larry Nelson (66), Jim Thorpe (66), Ed Dougherty (66) and Mike McCullough (69) at 8 under. Hatalsky shot 7-under 28 on the back nine, one off the tour record for nine holes.

Play was suspended at 11:05 a.m., 40 minutes before Fleisher, Irwin and McCullough were scheduled to tee off in the day's final threesome. Police and the Special Operations Response Team searched the clubhouse, golf carts and the area surrounding the clubhouse, where the bomb was reported to be located. No suspicious packages or bomb residue were found.

SAFEWAY CLASSIC: Annika Sorenstam shot a course-record 10-under 62, the third-best round of her LPGA career, for a three-stroke lead at Portland, Ore.

Sorenstam, the winner of her last two events, eagled the 10th and added eight birdies to reach 13 under for two rounds on the Columbia Edgewater Country Club course. Sorenstam seeks her eighth LPGA Tour title and 10th worldwide victory this year.

She shot 59 at last year's Standard Register Ping to became the first woman to break 60 in official competition. She shot 61 in the 1999 Sara Lee Classic.

Karen Stuples, winless in four seasons, was second at 10 under after 66.

Rosie Jones (69), at five behind, was the only one of a foursome of first-round leaders (67) who remained near the top of the leaderboard, as Karrie Webb (71), Juli Inkster (71) and Donna Andrews (73) fell back.

Tampa's Beth Bauer, who likely will beat Natalie Gulbis for rookie of the year, shot a second straight 69 and was seven back.

PENNSYLVANIA CLASSIC: Billy Andrade shot 3-under 68 for the second straight round and maintained a one-stroke lead, this time over Jeff Brehaut, in PGA play at Paoli. Andrade, one in front of Ian Leggatt after the second round, birdied three of the last four holes. Leggatt shot 69 and was at 204, one behind Brehaut (66). Dan Forsman shot a course-record 64 and was at 205 with Jeff Sluman, John Senden, Steve Flesch and John Huston, all of whom shot 65.

GERMAN MASTERS: Paul Casey shot a course-record 10-under 62 for a two-stroke lead after three rounds at Pulheim at 19-under 197. Stephen Leaney shot 66 and Alex Cejka had 63 to move into a tie for second at 17-under 199. Second-round leader Ian Woosnam shot 68 and was three back.

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