GOLF Pak trying to tie record



Chris DiMarco began to drop back to the field after holding a big lead.
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SYLVANIA, Ohio -- From a major championship across the Atlantic to a tournament near Toledo, Karen Stupples is dominating.
Stupples shot a 3-under 68 Saturday to build a three-stroke lead over Marilyn Lovander through three rounds of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Stupples is trying for victories in consecutive weeks and attempting to stop Se Ri Pak's bid for a record-tying fifth win at the Farr.
Pak is trying to become only the second player to win the same LPGA event five times, matching Mickey Wright who won the Sea Island Open in 1957-58, 1960-61 and 1963. After shooting a 72, Pak is tied for fifth, five shots back heading into the final round at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
"It will not be easy," Pak said after a third-round 72 while playing in the same pairing with Stupples. "Especially because she has so much confidence in her game."
Even as the greens dried out and became hard and fast, Stupples, coming off a victory at last week's Women's British Open, was consistent.
She collected pars without much effort and threw in three timely birdies to move to 8-under 205. Lovander, 49, is attempting to become the oldest player to win an LPGA Tour event. She faltered down the stretch, bogeying two of the last three holes for a 69 that left her at 208.
"I've been working all year at being a has-been," said Lovander, who has battled a sinus infection and hasn't finished better than a tie for 18th this year. "To get a win instead of being a never-was would be great."
Tied for third, four shots back, are Jeong Jang (68) and second-round co-leader Meg Mallon, who struggled to a 74. Lori Kane matched the day's low round with a 67 and was tied for fifth with Pak, Lorena Ochoa (69), Nancy Scranton (69), Leta Lindley (71), Brandie Burton (74) and Karrie Webb (73) at 210.
The International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Chris DiMarco had eight bogeys and only three birdies in the third round to drop into a tie for the lead with Rod Pampling in The International, setting up what could be a wild finish.
DiMarco, the second-round leader, appeared to headed toward a runaway victory with 31 points and a nine-point lead in the modified Stableford scoring system event but ended up losing two points in the third round with his stroke-play 77.
DiMarco's collapse allowed 17 players to move within 10 points in a format known for huge swings of momentum -- from 8 points for a double eagle to minus-3 for double bogey or worse. Alex Cejka was two points back after a six-birdie round, and Tom Pernice and Bob Tway were tied for fourth with 26.
Half the field returned to the Castle Pines course early Saturday to finish the second round after three rain delays the first two days, and they were all chasing DiMarco -- who opened with 14- and 17-point rounds.
3M Championship
BLAINE, Minn. -- Tom Purtzer shot a 4-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Tom Kite into the final round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.
Purtzer and Kite (69) were tied through 16 holes, but Kite's bogey and Purtzer's birdie on the par-3 17th gave Purtzer a two-stroke lead. Both birdied the 18th, leaving Purtzer at 12-under 132. First-round co-leader Craig Stadler was third at 9 under after a 71, and Sammy Rachels (71) was another stroke back.
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