Sunday, April 25, 2004

Morgan stays atop Legends by stroke



The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Gil Morgan had his 23rd straight round of par or better, shooting a 4-under 68 Saturday to maintain a one-stoke lead over Hale Irwin and Dave Barr at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Morgan was at 11-under 133, and Irwin and Barr matched the leader's 68 to move to 134 heading into the final round at The Club at Savannah Harbor, a 6,997-yard island layout in the middle of the Savannah River.

Craig Stadler, seeking his second Champions Tour win of the season, stumbled down the stretch, finishing with 68 for 135. He was tied with Gary Koch (67).

Morgan, also seeking his second win of the season, fell two strokes behind Stadler after nine holes. But Morgan, playing in a threesome with Irwin and Barr, kept grinding.

"I didn't play as well as I'd like on the front side," Morgan said. "I felt like I didn't get the ball as close to the hole as I'd like. I'd like a few more birdie chances (today)."

PGA TOUR: Patrick Sheehan birdied his first hole of the third round to move into a four-way tie for the lead in the rain-delayed event in Humble, Texas. He was tied with rookie Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker and Steve Lowery at 5-under-par when play was suspended because of darkness.

Sheehan completed only No. 1 at the Redstone Golf Club, and his co-leaders had just teed off in the twilight when tournament officials called a halt because of darkness.

The round didn't begin until late afternoon after a rain delay of more than seven hours. When the rain stopped, 30 golfers took to the soggy course to finish a second round also cut short by bad weather and darkness.

Play was scheduled to resume at 8:30 a.m. today with the fourth round to follow as conditions allow. Officials hoped the final round could begin before noon, but the weather forecast called for more rain overnight.

SPANISH OPEN: David Park's lead was cut to one stroke after Ricardo Gonzalez shot a 6-under-par 64 in the third round in the Canary Islands. Park Shot a 71 for a 10-under 200 total.

Free lessons in May

Ohio PGA of America pros will be participating in the PGA's free lesson program throughout the month of May. The Buckeye pros are giving free 10-minute lessons to help golfers improve their games, or get started in the game. For more information, log in to www.playgolfamerica.com.

Area venues participating:

Bel-Wood Country Club, Crooked Tree Golf Course, Dick's Sporting Goods, Fairfield Golf Center, Fairfield Greens, Glenview Golf Course; Golf Galaxy-Springdale, Golf Galaxy-Cincinnati, Hamilton Elks Country Club, Heatherwoode Golf Club, Heritage Club, Indian Ridge Golf Club, Little Miami Golf Center, Meadow Links & Golf Academy, Miami View Golf Club, Neumann Golf Course, O'Bannon Creek Golf Club, Reeves Golf Club and Driving Range, Rocky Fork Golf Course, Royal Oak Country Club, Sharon Woods Golf Course, Shawnee Lookout Golf Club, Southwest Golf Ranch, The Golf Ranch-Tri-County, The Mill Course, The Vineyard Golf Course, University of Cincinnati, Weatherwax Golf Course, Xavier University.

--Jack Murray




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