Ottawa Citizen

Scott still showing way in PGA Tour event

Australian golfer ahead by three strokes at Memphis

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Australian MEMPHIS, Tennessee • Adam Scott opened a three-shot lead over David Toms and Brian Gay of the United States after yesterday’s third round of the Stanford St. Jude Championsh­ip.

Scott shot a 2-under 68 yesterday and moved to 9-under 201 in the PGA Tour event at TPC Southwind. Toms finished with a 4-under 66 to climb into a tie at 204 with Gay (70). Woody Austin of the U.S. finished with a 3under 67 and is alone in fourth 205, while Britain’s Brian Davis was one shot back at 4-under.

Calgary’s Stephen Ames remained in the hunt, firing an even-par 70 to wind up in a tie for 14th at 1-under 209. The only other Canadian to survive the second-round cut, Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont., slid to 214 after shooting a 71 yesterday.

Scott has either led or has been tied for the lead after all three rounds.

The Australian, who is the highestran­ked player in the field at No. 4 in the world, had two bogeys on the front nine yesterday, including one at nine, allowing Gay to take the lead. However, Scott responded with birdies at No. 13, 15 and 16 to regain the advantage.

It was the third consecutiv­e day Scott, who ranks first on tour in birdie average at 4.41 per round, posted four birdies. The 26-year old, who won the Houston Open in April, has birdied 13 and 16 each day.

“I was happy to get it together on the back nine after an indifferen­t front nine,” Scott said after his round.

“I turned it around and played some good golf. I’m certainly very happy with the finish.

“But three shots is definitely not a big enough lead as far as I’m concerned. It’d be nice to get off to a good start (today) and make it hard for them to catch me.”

Gay, who is looking for his first PGA Tour victory, had two birdies on the front nine but had bogeys at 12 and 13 to fall back into a tie with Toms.

The winner of this event in 2003 and 2004, Toms birdied three of his final seven holes to finish the day with his best round of the tournament.

Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson, who was tied with Scott after the first round, finished at even par for the second consecutiv­e day and is in a sixth-place tie with four other players.

John Daly of the U.S., who reportedly was involved in a domestic dispute with his wife before the second round on Friday, finished the third round with a 5-over 75 and was alone in 74th place.

First prize is $1.08 million U.S. THOMPSON SHOWING THE WAY

Kyle Thompson carded a 2-under 69 yesterday to extend his lead to four strokes going into today’s final round of the Rex Hospital Open, a Nationwide Tour event taking place at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Second place belongs to Bob Burns, who shot a 70 yesterday, while David McKenzie (64) is another two strokes back in third place at 204.

Four golfers are tied for fourth at 205.

Manotick’s Brad Fritsch, who is now based in Raleigh, moved up the leaderboar­d with an even-par 71 that left him tied for 42nd place at 211. HAAS WIDENS GAP

Jay Haas collected six birdies in a span of seven holes on the way to extending his lead to three strokes after two rounds of the Principal Charity Classic, a Champions Tour event at West Des Moines, Iowa.

Haas finished with a 4-under 67 for a total of 132. David Edwards (68) was second.

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 ?? HUNTER MARTIN, GETTY IMAGES ?? John Daly lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the third round of the Stanford St. Jude Championsh­ip yesterday at Memphis. Daly birdied the par-5 hole, but struggled to a 5-over 75 and fell to 74th place with a total of 219. The marks on his cheek...
HUNTER MARTIN, GETTY IMAGES John Daly lines up a putt on the 16th hole during the third round of the Stanford St. Jude Championsh­ip yesterday at Memphis. Daly birdied the par-5 hole, but struggled to a 5-over 75 and fell to 74th place with a total of 219. The marks on his cheek...

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