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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 15, 2001


Singh puts himself in contention

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Vijay Singh again left himself in position for a victory, shooting 4-under-par 67 Saturday for a two-stroke lead on Billy Mayfair and Jose Coceres at the WorldCom Classic.

Singh is near the front about every week -- he's third on the money list -- but hasn't won on the PGA Tour this year. He was runner-up at the Players Championship and at Pebble Beach.

This, though, is the first time at a 2001 tour event that he'll take the lead into the final round.

"There's pressure any time you're in the lead," said Singh, who finished three rounds at 13-under 200. "I like to feed off it, to psyche myself up knowing the guys have to catch me."

He did win back-to-back European tour events in February.

Coceres shot 64 for the day's best score and will be paired with Singh. Mayfair birdied the 17th hole, finishing with 69.

Tom Lehman, the second-round leader, could not find the rhythm he had at Harbour Town Golf Links the first two rounds and shot 72, falling into a group four shots behind Singh with Len Mattiace (68), Scott Verplank (69) and Mike Sposa (70).

THE TRADITION: Doug Tewell, who holed out from two bunkers earlier in the day, shanked his shot out of a trap on the final hole, bogeyed and backed into 2-under 70 that cut his lead on Mike McCullough and Larry Nelson to two shots.

At 13-under 203, Tewell still has the lead he has held since the first round, and is in position for his second senior major title when the event concludes today.

MOROCCAN OPEN: Ian Poulter, last season's European rookie of the year, extended his lead to four shots with 69 in Rabat, Morocco. He was at 12-under 207 before today's final round.

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TODAY ON TV: European, Moroccan Open, 9 a.m., Golf Channel; Senior, The Tradition, 3 p.m., Ch. 28; PGA, WorldCom Classic, 4:30 p.m., Ch. 10.

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