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The 19th hole

By RODNEY PAGE
Published October 30, 2005


SHOT OF THE DAY: Steve Lowery saved par on the par-4 ninth hole by draining a 22-footer. His second shot was 89 feet from the pin and his lag putt fell well short. Lowery went on to birdie the next two holes.

STAT OF THE DAY: Carl Pettersson is the only player this week to post three straight rounds in the 60s. In the tournament's five-year history, only three players have posted four rounds in the 60s, Vijay Singh and Jesper Parnevik in 2004 and K.J. Choi in 2002.

HOLE OF THE DAY: No. 17. The par-3, 215-yard hole is usually a chance for birdie sandwiched in between tough par-4s at Nos. 16 and 18. But there were only four birdies on the hole Saturday, and co-leader Lowery bogied the hole to fall into a tie with Pettersson. Daniel Chopra managed to grab one of the four birdies when he made an 18-footer to move to 6-under.

BY THE NUMBERS:

1: Birdies made on the par-4 sixth hole.

4: Number of players in the top 10 who are looking for their first PGA Tour victory (Pettersson, Chopra, Jeff Brehaut and Bo Van Pelt).

6: Times Lowery has led or co-led a tournament after 54 holes. He has won once, the 2000 Southern Farm Bureau Classic.

66: Third round score by Stuart Appleby, the lowest round of the day.