Sunday, July 27, 2003

Mason keeps Sr. British lead

Inkster wins 30th LPGA event

The Associated Press

TURNBERRY, Scotland - Englishman Carl Mason shot a 5-under-par 65 Saturday and maintained his one-stroke lead after three rounds at the Senior British Open.

"I'm getting used to this pressure thing," said Mason, who was at 14-under 196. "I quite like it. It feels terrible, but I quite like it."

Mason, who has two tournament victories in his EPGA Tour career, will need another strong round to win is first major.

D.A. Weibring was a stroke back at 13-under 197 after a 65. Three strokes back were Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Bruce Summerhays, who shot 66s.

Jack Nicklaus was also in contention, tied for ninth and eight back after a second straight 67.

EVIAN MASTERS: Shortly after winning her 30th career LPGA Tour title, Juli Inkster shifted her attention to some unfinished business. Inkster set a tournament record in winning the LPGA Tour event in France, closing with a 7-under-par 65 for a six-stroke win over South Korea's Hee-Won Han.

Inkster, 43, who entered the day tied for the lead with Rosie Jones, finished at 21-under 267 to beat Annika Sorenstam's tournament mark of 19 under last year. This year, Sorenstam shot a 69 to tie for 17th at 281.

Next week, Inkster lines up in the Women's British Open in Lancashire, the only Grand Slam event she has not won.

Inkster has seven career Grand Slam titles with wins in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, U.S. Open, LPGA Championship and Du Maurier Classic.

A victory in the British would give Inkster a super career Grand Slam. The Du Maurier was replaced in the major roster by the Women's British Open in 2001.

PGA TOUR'S GHO: Peter Jacobsen, 49, fired a 1-under 69 and retained a one-stroke lead through three rounds at Cromwell, Conn.

IRISH OPEN: Thomas Bjorn shot a 4-under 68 in the third round at Portmarnock to share the lead with Michael Campbell and David Lynn. Bjorn, who blew a late lead at the British Open last week, slumped to a 74 Friday after a course-record 64 in the first round. The Dane said he felt rejuvenated overnight.

"I had one of those sleeps where you have nine hours, and you wake up feeling you had about 15 minutes," Bjorn said. "But you feel fresh in your head again."

DAYTON OPEN: Joe Ogilvie birdied eight holes to take a one-stroke third-round lead in the Nationwide Tour event at Yankee Trace in Centerville.

Ogilvie shot a 7-under 65 to overtake second-round leader Guy Boros. Ogilvie's 19-under total of 197 matches the tournament record. Boros shot a 70 for 198.

U.S. JUNIOR BOYS: Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., won the tournament at Chevy Chase, Md., parring the 14th hole to seal his 5-and-4 victory over Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif.

Both Harman and Cox qualified for the U.S. Amateur that begins Aug. 18 at Oakmont, Pa.

U.S. JUNIOR GIRLS: South Korean Sukjin-Lee Wuesthoff, 16, rallied from five down after eight holes to defeat defending champion In-Bee Park 1-up for the championship at Fairfield, Conn.

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