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Trahan's 165-yard dunk puts him atop the leaderboard with Choi

By wire services
Published October 2, 2005


GREENSBORO, N.C. - After holing his second shot from 165 yards for eagle on the 16th hole, D.J. Trahan made a beeline for the crowd. First he embraced his parents, then he high-fived some fans before hugging his girlfriend.

"What can I say? When you make a 2 on a par 4, if you just stand there and don't do anything, something is wrong with you," the rookie said after shooting 6-under 66 Saturday to share the third-round lead at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro with K.J. Choi. "I probably would have run around some more if I didn't think it would have made me look stupid."

The 24-year-old Trahan, who used an 8-iron for his eagle, sank a 12-foot birdie putt on No.17 and parred 18 to finish at 16-under 200 and in position to win his first PGA Tour title.

Choi shot 5-under-67 and hopes a putting tip he got last week pays off.

Jason Bohn (65) and Shigeki Maruyama (66) were one back. Second-round leader John Huston of Clearwater shot 74 and was six back.

LPGA: First-round co-leader Hee-Won Han shot 3-under 68 for a three-shot lead after two rounds of the fog-delayed LPGA Office Depot Championship at Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Han had a two-day total of 133.

Seventy-two players didn't finish before dark. Han started the day tied with Wendy Ward, Nicole Perrot and Karine Icher, none of whom finished the round.

Two-time defending champion Annika Sorenstam had 70, including eagle on No. 1, and was six back. Paula Creamer of Bradenton had 1-over 72 for 140.

Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, who opened with 77, was even through three but didn't finish. After an opening 71, Aree Song of Bradenton was even through five. Tampa's Moira Dunn shot a second 71 and was tied for 44th. Tampa's Dawn Coe-Jones shot 76 and was 20 back.

EUROPEAN PGA: Kenneth Ferrie shot 5-under 67 on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, to open a five-stroke lead at 13-under 203 in the third round of the Dunhill Links Championship. He was followed by second-round leader Colin Montgomerie (73), Henrik Stenson (65) and Ricardo Gonzalez (71).

CHAMPIONS TOUR: R.W. Eaks moved a step closer to his first win on the senior tour, shooting 6-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C. Eaks was 11 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Bob Gilder, who also shot 66. Five players, including defending champion Craig Stadler (66) and first-round leader Bruce Summerhays (71), were tied at 7-under 137.