Sunday, January 26, 2003

Frazar stays atop Phoenix after third round

The Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - For someone who has spent his career chasing big-name players, Harrison Frazar knows how to play with the lead.

Frazar separated himself from his challengers with a birdie on the 17th hole Saturday and took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Phoenix Open.

"I can't get too far ahead of myself," said Frazar, who has led from the start. "The names on the leaderboard behind me are pretty stout, so you know they're going to be coming after me."

Frazar, 31, weathered a dry spell on the back nine that dropped him into a four-way tie at one point. But none of his nearest pursuers could match him down the stretch.

The Texan finished with a 4-under-par 67 for a 54-hole score of 17-under 196.

John Huston and Tim Petrovic, Frazar's co-leader at the midpoint, were next - Huston after a 66 and Petrovic after a 68.


Ernie Els bogeyed the last two holes in a round of 2-under 70 and held a two-stroke lead heading into today's final round.

Els, coming off two PGA Tour wins in Hawaii, held a five-shot lead midway through the third round before bogeys at Nos. 17 and 18.

Els is at 10-under 206, two strokes ahead of China's Zhang Lian-Wei, who moved to 8-under 208 after a 3-under 69.


Lee Trevino won by holing a 10-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to finish with six skins and $240,000 at Wailea, Hawaii.

Trevino, 63, won the event for the first time in seven starts, earning $100,000 with his birdie on the par-4 17th. Hale Irwin was second with $200,000, Jack Nicklaus made $160,000 and Arnold Palmer, 73, failed to take a skin for the second straight year.

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