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Harrington cruises to a six-stroke lead

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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 8, 2002


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Padraig Harrington stole the script and the show from Tiger Woods in the Target World Challenge.

The Irishman overpowered the par 5s, making three eagles and lipping out another eagle putt. He set the course record Saturday with 9-under 63 to blow by Woods and seize a six-stroke lead.

Harrington was 19-under 197, topping by one the 54-hole tournament record set in 2000 by Sergio Garcia. His lead was the largest in the four-year history of the event. Vijay Singh had a four-shot lead through three rounds last year.

"That stuff usually happens to someone else," Harrington said.

Harrington trailed Woods by one entering the third round, but was two ahead after the third hole.

Harrington hit a 7-iron within 10 feet on No. 2 and holed the eagle. Woods missed his eagle putt from 8 feet. On No. 5, Woods' 4-iron from 224 yards rode the ridge on the green to 6 feet for an eagle putt. Back in the fairway, Harrington hit a lob wedge from 90 yards that hopped and rolled right into the cup for an eagle. Woods missed his.

Harrington made his third eagle on No. 11 when his 3-iron bounced off the pin and stopped inches away.

"I've never seen anything like that," Woods said of the eagles. "From what I'm told, he hit the pin on No. 11. How do you like that? Three eagles and he got a bad break."

Woods, who had a head cold and later tweaked his knee hitting out of the junk, shot 70. Bernhard Langer (67) was at 204.

N.Y. Times prints columns

NEW YORK -- The New York Times published revised versions of two previously rejected columns about the Augusta National's men-only membership policy.

Executive editor Howell Raines said the paper's editors asked the writers, Dave Anderson and Harvey Araton, to resubmit their work and reassured them their opinions were not at issue.

The columns were posted on the Times' Web site Saturday night, and a spokeswoman said they will be published today.

Under Raines, the Times has devoted extensive coverage to Augusta's refusal to accept women as members. The paper's editorial page has criticized the club, which holds the Masters, and suggested two-time defending champion Woods sit out in protest in April.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anderson argued Woods should not be expected to boycott the tournament. Araton's column questioned the importance of the Augusta debate.

PGA TOUR QUALIFYING: John Morgan, already exempt on the 2003 European tour, shot 3-under 69 to take the fourth-round lead in the six-round event in La Quinta, Calif. Morgan had 15-under 273 for a one-stroke lead over Scott Laycock (66). Third-round leader Dean Wilson (77) dropped six back. The top 35 and ties receive PGA cards. The next 50, or number nearest to 50 with ties, receive Nationwide Tour cards. The remaining receive conditional Nationwide Tour status.

AUSTRALIAN MASTERS: Adam Scott shot 3-under 69 for a one-stroke lead over Gavin Coles (69) in Melbourne. Scott was at 8-under 208. Aaron Baddeley shot a course-record 64 for 2-under 214. Ty Tryon (74) and Tom Watson(70) were 11 back.

VOLVO MASTERS OF ASIA: Craig Kamps (69) tied Arjun Singh (68) at 13-under 203 in Shah Alam, Malaysia.

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