Sunday, June 23, 2002

Kaye stays out of trouble

Leads GHO over several big names

The Associated Press

        CROMWELL, Conn. — Jonathan Kaye is doing his best to stay out of trouble — on and off the course.

        Suspended for two months and placed on probation for the season after a confrontation with a security guard, Kaye shot a 5-under 65 Saturday to put himself in position for a breakthrough win at the Greater Hartford Open.

        “It would give me a little job security. That's for sure,” said Kaye, winless in six full seasons on the PGA Tour. “It would be a dream come true to win on the tour. That's what everybody wants to do, establish themselves and gain the respect of their peers.”

        That respect won't come easily after his costly tantrum last year during the Michelob Championship.

        With security heightened a month after the Sept. 11 attacks, the guard stopped Kaye from entering the locker room without his tour money clip, which doubles as an identification badge. He then returned with the clip attached to the zipper of his pants.

        “They're all stories. You could probably get a better answer from the tour on that,” Kaye said of the PGA Tour, which he knows doesn't comment on disciplinary measures.

        Kaye had a 13-under 197 total on the TPC at River Highlands to take a one-stroke lead over Scott Verplank into the final round.

        LPGA ROCHESTER: Karrie Webb never had the first shot on Saturday. That's all you need to know about how well Mi Hyun Kim played in the third round.

        Kim shot her second consecutive 5-under-par 67 and finished the day at 13-under 203. That was five shots better than Webb, alone in second after shooting 72 for the second day in a row over the narrow Locust Hill Country Club course in Pittsford, N.Y.

        SPGA BALTIMORE: J.C. Snead, 61, shot a course-record 8-under 64, making an eagle and seven birdies to roar from behind and tie Rodger Davis for the lead after two rounds in Hunt Valley, Md.

        “That was fun,” Snead said.

        PGA CLUB PRO: Barry Evans sank a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole to finish with a 6-under-par 66 — the best round of the week — and grab a one-stroke lead in at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

        WOMEN'S PUBLINX: Annie Thurman, of Highland, Utah, and Hwanhee Lee, of Cerritos, Calif., both 19, meet in today's 36-hole final match at the Meadows Course of the Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.

        Thurman overcame an early deficit to defeat Yvonne Choe, 19, of Temple City, Calif., 2 and 1. Lee was never headed in her match against gallery favorite Michelle Wie, 12, from Honolulu, Hawaii. Lee won, 3 and 2.


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