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GOLF ROUNDUP Kang has three shot LPGA lead; need another line



Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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PORTLAND, Ore. -- South Korea's Soo-Yun Kang moved into position for her first victory in three full seasons on the LPGA Tour, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Safeway Classic.

Kang, a co-leader with Sung Ah Yim after a first-round 64, had a 12-under 132 total. Gloria Park and British Open winner Jeong Jang were 9-under.

Park also had a second-round 68 despite tendinitis and tennis elbow. With a 25-foot putt, Jang birdied her final hole, the par-4 ninth, to also finish with a 68.

Aree Song, four strokes back with defending champion Hee-Won Han, gained briefly on Kang, but was done in by a double bogey on the par-4 14th hole, and a bogey on No. 17. Yim was in a group five shots back.

Reno-Tahoe Open

RENO, Nev. -- Defending champion Vaughn Taylor opened a six-stroke lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open, birdieing four of his first five holes en route to an 8-under 64 and a tournament-record 21-under 195 total.

Taylor, who opened with rounds of 64 and 67 to set the 36-hole record, shattered the 54-hole mark of 201 that Jerry Kelly set in 2001 and moved into position to break the 72-hole record of 17-under set by Kirk Triplett in his 2003 victory.

The second-year player on the PGA Tour had eight birdies on Saturday at Montreux Golf and Country Club to bring his total to 24 over three days.

Todd Fischer, playing in his hometown, was second at 15-under after 69. He birdied the last five holes to overcome three early bogeys.

Jesper Parnevik (67) was another stroke back after chipping in from 40 feet for eagle on the par-5 17th. Aaron Baddeley (66), Jonathan Kaye (68) and Fredrik Jacobson (68) followed at 13-under.

Boeing Greater Seattle Classic

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Former PGA Tour and USGA administrator David Eger shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the second-round lead with Craig Stadler and Morris Hatalsky in the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic.

The leaders were at 12-under for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Brad Bryant and John Harris. Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe, D.A. Weibring and Don Pooley were 9-under, easily within striking distance going into the final round.

Eger, who earned a spot on the Champions Tour through qualifying school three years ago, hit an excellent approach on the 18th from 219 yards within 5 feet, setting up an eagle that got him to 12-under and briefly gave him the outright lead.

Hatalsky, who began the day in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard, missed a chance to grab the second-round lead outright when his 6-foot birdie attempt on the 18th green lipped just under the cup. He finish with his second straight 66.

Stadler, meanwhile, birdied the 18th for his eight birdie on the day and a second-day 65 after starting one stroke behind four leaders at 5-under. Pooley also shot a 64, tying Eger for the tournament's lowest round so far.




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