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Mayfair one back of Jobe

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published October 6, 2002

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Brandt Jobe shot 6-under 65 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Mayfair in the PGA's Michelob Championship, and David Duval tumbled off the leaderboard.

Second-round co-leader Duval, a two-time Kingsmill winner who struggled to keep his drives out of the thick rough, ballooned to 74, leaving him seven behind Jobe entering the final round.

Jobe, whose nine career victories have come in Canada, Asia and Japan, rebounded from his lone bogey -- on the par-4 12th -- to birdie five of the last six holes, including the final four to finish at 13-under 200.

"I want to win out here to prove that the things I did in Japan -- you know, they were good," he said. "I think that's why we're all out here."

Mayfair, Friday's co-leader, played the first eight holes in 4 under, gave two back on the ninth hole and played the back nine in a steady 1.

Geoff Ogilvy shot 66 to join 1996 winner Scott Hoch (67), Charles Howell III (68) and Corey Pavin (68) at 203. Steve Flesch (66) and Hidemichi Tanaka (71) were 8 under.

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SAMSUNG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr shared the LPGA lead entering the final round in Vallejo, Calif. Sorenstam birdied the final hole and Kerr made bogey as both finished at 15-under 201 after the third round. Sorenstam, who trailed Kerr by a shot after the second round, shot 4-under 68. Kerr shot 69. Rosie Jones (70) was three strokes back.

TURTLE BAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Two-time defending champion Hale Irwin shot his second straight 3-under 69 for a share of the lead with Dick Mast (67), Mike Smith (69) and Morris Hatalsky (69) at 6-under 138. Irwin had three birdies on the front nine, but dropped two strokes with bogeys on the back nine in Senior PGA play at Kahuku, Hawaii. Gary McCord (70) was a stroke back at 5-under 139.

DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: Ireland's Padraig Harrington had double bogey on No. 17 at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, to drop into a tie with Argentina's Eduardo Romero in European PGA play. Harrington, coming off Europe's Ryder Cup victory, shot 4-under 68 to finish rounds on the Old Course, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns at 16-under 200. Romero shot 67. Fiji's Vijay Singh (64) was a stroke back.

U.S. SENIOR WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Nancy Smith shot 2-over 74 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of qualifying in Southern Pines, N.C. Smith, 55, of Charlotte, N.C., is coming off victories in the Southern Senior and North/South Senior championships.

PINELLAS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP: Dalan Farren of New Port Richey matched his opening 1-under 72 to capture the individual title by four strokes at Fox Hollow. Farren, 38, finished with birdies on Nos.14, 15 and 16 to fend off runner-up Chris Keely of Port Richey. Defending champion John Cerutti (79-74) tied Jeff Neugebauer (81-72) for third. Tampa's John King won the senior division with 75-75-150.

U.S. OPEN: The 2008 tournament was awarded to the South Course at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., pending approval of the San Diego City Council. It would be the second public course to host the tournament. The Black Course at the Bethpage State Park in New York, a public layout, hosted this year's U.S. Open.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL: Citigroup chairman Sanford I. Weill offered his guarded support to the women's group pushing to admit female members, the New York Times reported. The newspaper said Citigroup sent a statement Friday to the National Council of Women's Organizations, making Weill the first corporate executive to openly favor the group's bid. Former Ford Motor Company president Harold A. Poling, also an Augusta member, said he expects the club to invite a woman to join the all-male club and would prefer it be done as soon as possible.

-- Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.

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