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© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000


Waite plays well enough to lead Air Canada

SURREY, British Columbia -- Grant Waite, whose lone PGA Tour victory came seven years ago, moved past Jesper Parnevik on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Air Canada Championship.

After starting the third round a shot behind Parnevik, Waite carded 3-under-par 68 to get to 13 under at the $3-million event. Parnevik and two others were at 12 under.

"I had a lot of good shots in the middle of the round and played very well but couldn't get any putts to fall. I think I played well enough to shoot a good score," said Waite, who won the 1993 Kemper Open.

Parnevik's 70, which ended with a three-putt at the 18th hole, tied him with J.L. Lewis and Tommy Armour III, who each shot 68.

"Of course I'm disappointed," Parnevik said. "Any time the course is there for the taking and you don't take your opportunity ... there's one more day to go."

Mark Calcavecchia shot 65 to get to 10 under. Sergio Garcia was another stroke back after 69.

STATE FARM RAIL CLASSIC: Laurel Kean, who gave up competitive golf a year ago, shot her second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour event at Springfield, Ill.

First-round co-leader Lorie Kane, who shot 69, and Dina Ammaccapane, who matched Kean's low round of 66, were tied for second at 9-under 135. Nancy Scranton, the other first round co-leader, shot 72 and was six strokes behind Kean.

Kean said she got to the point where she would not be excited about going to a golf course. "From last October to February, I probably didn't touch a golf club," she said.

She rejoined the tour after she felt competitive again.

Bloomingdale High graduate Beth Bauer, playing in her first tournament as a pro, shot 73 and missed the cut by one stroke with a total of 145.

FOREMOST INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP: Larry Nelson shot 3-under 69 to lead by a stroke going into the final round of the Senior PGA Tour event at Ada, Mich.

Nelson, who won last week's FleetBoston Classic and led this event after the second round, had three birdies in the last five holes and moved to 9 under overall at Egypt Valley Country Club. Jim Thorpe and Dave Stockton were next at 8 under, with Chuck Moran another stroke back.

BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN: Carl Suneson and second-round leader Thomas Bjorn birdied the 18th hole and shared the lead after three rounds of the PGA European Tour event at Munich, Germany.

Bjorn, who shot 69, held the lead most of the third round as gusting wind kept scores high. Suneson recorded three birdies on the last four holes en route to 67 to forge a tie with Bjorn at 15-under 201.

WORLD AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: The United States took a seven-stroke lead over Germany after three rounds at Bad Saarow, Germany.

The United States was at 20-under 628. Defending champion Britain-Ireland was third at 637.

American Bryce Molder shot 7-under 65 to move into contention for the individual title with a three-round total of 205. Britain's Paul Casey shot 68 and was at 13-under 203.

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