Sunday, May 05, 2002

Choi still leads Compaq Classic

The Associated Press

        NEW ORLEANS — K.J. Choi, trying to become the first South Korean winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 1-under 71 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Compaq Classic.

        Choi had a 12-under 204 total on the English Turn course, a stroke ahead of John Rollins (68) and Bryce Molder (69).

        Molder, a four-time All-American at Georgia Tech who set the NCAA record for career scoring average (70.69), is trying to play his way onto the PGA Tour through sponsor exemptions.

        First-round leader Dan Forsman had a 72, leaving him two shots off the pace at 10-under 206. Billy Andrade (68) was 9 under, and Chris DiMarco (70) topped a five-player group at 8 under.

        Defending champion David Toms (71) was 7 under, and Phil Mickelson (71) was 6 under.

        Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

        STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Eighty-one players, including leader Kelly Robbins, didn't even get on the course as rain forced LPGA Tourt officials to shorten the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship from 54 to 36 holes.

        Robbins shot an 8-under 64 on Friday. Karrie Webb, Se Ri Pak, Laura Diaz and Juli Inkster were 6 under. Pak completed seven holes in the second round, Webb played four holes and Diaz and Inkster did not start. Annika Sorenstam was 1 over after seven holes.

        French Open

        VERSAILLES, France — England's Malcolm Mackenzie, winless in 509 PGA European Tour starts, shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the French Open.

        Mackenzie had a 14-under 202 total on Le Golf National's Albatross Course. Defending champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and South Africa's Trevor Immelman were tied for second. Olazabal shot a 67, including an ace on the 208-yard second hole. Immelman had a 71.

        Bruno's Memorial Classic

        HOOVER, Ala. — Larry Nelson shot two 6-under-par 66s to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hale Irwin in the rain-soaked Bruno's Memorial Classic.

        Irwin birdied the final four holes and tied a tournament record with his second-round 63. He played 24 holes Saturday.

        Sammy Rachels and George Archer were two strokes back at 10 under. Rachels birdied six of his final seven holes for a second-round 64. At 62, George Archer looked anything but his age with a pair of 67s and no bogeys in the first two rounds.


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