Sunday, November 10, 2002

Dredge leads Volvo Masters


Golf roundup

The Associated Press

SOTOGRANDE, Spain - Bradley Dredge of Wales birdied the last two holes for a par 71 in strong wind Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds in the Volvo Masters.

Dredge was at 3-under 210, a shot ahead of Angel Cabrera (76) and Colin Montgomerie (72).

"I haven't been in this situation," Dredge said. "I'll just put my blinkers on and do my own thing."

Cabrera shot a 63 in the opening round but his score soared on Saturday in the gusts on the Valderrama course.

Dredge, Cabrera and Montgomerie were the only players under par entering the last round. Justin Rose of England was at par 213 after a 73.

"This is proper golf for me," Montgomerie said. "I enjoy this a lot more than having to shoot 26 under to win."

Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished one shot ahead of Retief Goosen, but the South African is still in good position to retain the Order of Merit title.

Neither is in contention at this tournament. Harrington shot a 74, leaving him at 11-over 224. Goosen, the 2001 U.S. Open champion, had a 78 for 225.

Harrington shares 43rd place at Valderrama. To catch Goosen, he must finish no worse than 27th Sunday while the South African finishes last in the 65-man field.

Sorenstam leads by a stroke in Japan

OTSU, Japan - Annika Sorenstam took a big step toward winning her 10th LPGA title of the year, shooting a 7-under-par 65 Saturday for a one-stroke lead in the Mizuno Classic.

On the two closing par-5 holes, Sorenstam had an eagle on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 18. She is at 10-under 134 entering Sunday's final round.

"I had a great round today," said Sorenstam, the defending champion. "Hopefully, I can keep it going."

Sorenstam hit a 4-wood 210 yards to set up a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 17 and holed a 12-footer for birdie on No. 18. She birdied both par-5 holes on the front nine.

South Korea's Grace Park, coming off a victory last week in the World Ladies Match Play Championship in Narita, was a stroke back along with compatriot Gloria Park. Both players shot 69s.

South Korean star Se Ri Pak was two strokes behind after her second straight 68, and Japan's Akiko Fukushima was 7 under after a 68. U.S. Solheim Cup player Rosie Jones and South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim topped a five-player group at 6 under. Jones shot a 69, and Kim, the first-round leader after a 65, had a 73.

Sorenstam is going for her 12th worldwide title of the year. But she has struggled since winning the Samsung World Championship on Oct. 6 for her fourth straight worldwide victory and 40th career LPGA Tour title.

She never seriously threatened Pak in the following two tournaments, tying for fourth in the Mobile LPGA Tournament of Champions and opening the three-week Asian swing in South Korea with a fifth-place tie in the Nine Bridges Classic. The Swede was then humbled last week in the World Ladies Match Play, losing her first-round match to Japan's Chieko Amanuma.

The top 30 players on the money list after the tournament advance to the season-ending ADT Championship on Nov. 21-24 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sorenstam tops the list with a record $2,479,404, and Pak is second at $1,612,518.

Zoeller leads Senior Slam first round

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - Fuzzy Zoeller shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday for a three-stroke lead after one round in the Senior Slam.

Zoeller birdied three of the first six holes to overtake Don Pooley, made birdie at Nos. 10 and 16 and parred the 18th hole by two-putting from 40 feet, sinking a 5-foot comebacker to preserve his lead.

"I haven't played the course enough to know which greens are fast," the PGA Seniors' Championship winner said. "I'm putting back up the hole into the mountain, I've got to think it's kind of slow. It kind of caught me off-guard."

Pooley and Stewart Ginn shot 70s on Superstition Mountain's 7,140-yard Lost Gold Course, and Jim Thorpe offset five birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey for 72.

The unofficial-money tournament, which concludes Sunday, features this year's Senior major championship winners. The winner will pocket $300,000 of the $600,000 purse.

"Every one of us want to get our name on that trophy," Zoeller said. "You know, the money's great, yes, but that trophy is history."

Thorpe won the Tradition, Pooley won the U.S. Senior Open and Ginn was the Senior Players' Championship winner.

Thorpe, who won his major on the same course, got off to a bogey-double bogey start. On the 558-yard second hole, his second shot landed in a waste area. He had to hit his third shot back toward the fairway and needed two more shots to reach the green.

He also bogeyed No. 17 after his approach shot landed in gravel underneath a golf cart.

"I knew it when I woke up today," Thorpe said. "I just didn't have the feeling. Maybe he'll let me back in it tomorrow."

Zoeller hit a 275-yard 3-wood shot within 10 feet on the second hole, but two-putted for birdie.

He benefitted from a two-shot swing on No. 6 when Pooley bogeyed.




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