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Armor matches 54-hole record

Associated Press
Published September 28, 2003

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tommy Armour tied the PGA Tour 54-hole scoring record Saturday and extended his lead in the Texas Open to six.

Armour birdied the last three holes, including a 53-foot putt on 18, to cap a round of 63 that put him at 21-under 189. That matched the PGA Tour record set by Mark Calcavecchia at the par-71 Phoenix Open in 2001.

If Armour shoots 66 in today's final round he breaks the tour record of 256, also set by Calcavecchia at Phoenix.

Armour, who hasn't made bogey in the tournament, started the third round one stroke in front of Dan Forsman, who shot 70. Lee Trevino was the last to go 72 holes without bogey and win, at the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open.

"Really, I'm just doing the things I'm doing," said Armour, whose tour win was at the 1990 Phoenix Open. "What can I say?"

Armour said he had no special plans for today.

"No strategy," he said. "Go out and play the first hole and get after it."

Duffy Waldorf, a two-time Texas Open winner, shot 62 and was second at 195, and Glen Hnatiuk (64), Bob Tway (67), Paul Goydos (68) and Forsman were at 197.

The strong round buoyed Hnatiuk, who made several medium-length putts.

"I gave myself a lot of opportunities to try to get the ball close," he said. "I'll stick to my own game and hopefully play as well."

John Daly, who started the round 5 under, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. Tournament officials said Daly signed for 6 on the 380-yard ninth but had made 8. Daly has withdrawn from three of his past four PGA Tour starts.

SAFEWAY CLASSIC: Annika Sorenstam (67), Beth Daniel (73) and Cristie Kerr (69) were tied for the lead at 9-under 135 after two rounds of the LPGA Tour event in Portland, Ore.

"I love being in contention. I love the challenge. This is what it's all about," said Sorenstam, the defending champion who is looking for her fifth win this year.

Daniel had to be the unhappiest of the three leaders after shooting 11 strokes worse than her opening round. The opening 62 tied the record at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, set by Sorenstam last year, and gave Daniel a four-stroke lead.

"I didn't hit the ball nearly as well as I did yesterday, and I putted pretty poorly," Daniel said.

Soo-Yun Kang and Leta Lindley shot 69-137. Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old from Hawaii, shot 72-141.

GREATER HICKORY CLASSIC: Larry Nelson's 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Conover, N.C. Nelson, a first-round co-leader, finished with 69 for 11-under 133 at the Rock Barn course. Joe Inman, who shot career-low 63 with nine birdies, and Bob Gilder (69) were second. Inman started seven shots behind Nelson and first-round co-leader Bruce Fleisher (76-140) and made six birdies in the first seven holes.

DUNHILL LINKS: Lee Westwood made double-eagle 2 on his final hole and finished with 10-under 62 for a one-stroke lead in the European PGA Tour event at St. Andrews, Scotland. Westwood holed out with his 4-iron from 218 yards at the par-5 ninth, his 18th, at Kingsbarns, one of three courses used. Westwood was at 16-under 200, with second-round co-leader Darren Clarke (66) and Raphael Jacquelin (64) a stroke behind. Ernie Els' bogey-double bogey finish at Kingsbarns left him four behind. Second-round co-leaders David Howell (69) and Peter Lawrie (71) fell off the pace.

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