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Gore up by 2 over party of 5

By wire services
Published September 18, 2005

FARMINGTON, Pa. - Get out the beer and chips, pull up the recliner. Jason Gore, the everyman's version of a PGA Tour pro, is playing in the final group again.

Only this time, Gore doesn't want to play like someone pulled out of the grandstands, given a visor and a golf glove and told to compete against some of the world's best players for a championship.

Gore, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags odyssey and spectator-like physique instantly made him into a fan favorite at the U.S. Open, shot 5-under 67 Saturday to open a two-shot lead over a group of five after three rounds of the 84 Lumber Classic.

"It's where you want to be," Gore said of being in the lead. "It's only what you make of it, and it's still golf tomorrow. It should be exciting."

Gore, 31, leads a group of relative no-names, including Craig Barlow, who is 108th on the money list but was tied with Gore at 12 under before taking a double-bogey 7 at No. 16. His pitch from a pot bunker alongside the green squirted into a deep patch of hillside rough.

Phil Mickelson almost missed the cut at the $4.4-million-tournament, but had a fifth PGA Tour career hole-in-one Saturday and is seven off the lead after a 67. Singh is nine strokes back after a third-round 73.

LPGA: Defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot 3-under 68 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Ellis and Maria Hjorth after three rounds of the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic at Broken Arrow, Okla.

Sorenstam made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14-15 to break a three-way tie for the lead at Cedar Ridge Country Club and moved into a position to win the event for the third time. She won the tournament at Tulsa Country Club in 2002.

Tied with Hjorth and France's Karine Icher, Sorenstam hit the pin with her chip for eagle at the 14th and tapped in for birdie.

Ellis had 69 and Hjorth, the first-round leader after an opening 64, shot 1-over 72 to get to 6 under.

Icher's alone in fourth at 5 under after 70, and Solheim Cup singles foes Paula Creamer (71) and Laura Davies (70) were tied with Leta Lindley (70) at 2 under.

Creamer, 19, who paced the United States to a 151/2-121/2 victory over Europe in last week's Solheim Cup, had a round that included five birdies and five bogeys.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bob Gilder shot 5-under 67 to maintain a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Constellation Energy Classic.

Gilder birdied the par-4 18th to reach a tournament-record 13-under 131 after 36 holes at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley, Md.

D.A. Weibring and Morris Hatalsky are tied for second at 11 under. Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange Curtis Strange (66) and Senior British Open champ Tom Watson (68) are three strokes back.

Gilder, a seven-time winner on the tour, is trying to become the second straight wire-to-wire winner of the $1.7-million event. Defending champion Wayne Levi is at 3-under 141 after a second-round 70.

Lee Trevino, playing in his first event since January because of back pain and after undergoing minor surgery in May, followed an opening 80 with a 73.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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