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Chores first, then golf


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Golfers don't get to play home games like other athletes, so Tiger Woods is relishing the fact he is able to compete in a tournament near his Orlando home.

Before playing in the third round of the National Car Rental Classic at Walt Disney World on Saturday, Woods managed to get his hair cut, go grocery shopping and even wash his cars.

Wash his cars?

"I actually enjoy doing that," Woods said. "I don't think I'd trust anyone to do as good of a job as I would do."

HANGING: Jeff Sluman's 67 could have been one better had he been allowed to wait for a ball to drop into the cup on the 12th hole.

"I just really couldn't believe it didn't go in," said Sluman, who remembered the Honda Classic earlier this year when Brian Gay waited for his ball to drop but was later penalized a stroke because he exceeded the 10-second limit.

"I kind of walked up there and probably within two seconds the ball would have gone in the hole, but I had to putt it at that time, I thought," he said. "It is probably the first time in my life that has happened. I could tell that the ball was going to go in, but you lose perception of how much time is going by. You just have to go ahead and hit it in. It was pretty strange."

LOVING IT: One of the benefits of playing the resort courses at Disney is also one of the curses. You can go low, but it doesn't guarantee you'll make up any ground.

That was the case for Davis Love during the third round. He shot 7-under-par 65 but was seven shots back of leader Steve Flesch.

"I started eight back ... but when you start off 3 under the first day, you put yourself behind the 8-ball. So I have a long way to go. But I'm gaining confidence very day. Hopefully by the time the year ends, I'll be playing great."

Love is seventh on the PGA Tour money list with $2,132,498. He is also ranked seventh in the world ranking. But he has not won a tournament in more than two years.

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