While Ernie Els got most of the afternoon off, Fiji’s Vijay Singh worked overtime to join the South African star in the final of the World Match Play Championship at Viginia Water, England.
Els, undefeated in three appearances in the tournament, routed PGA champion Mark Brooks 10 and 8 Saturday. Two hours later, Singh finished off British Open winner Tom Lehman on the 37th hole.
“I have another 36 holes to play (today), and I know I’ve got to play really well,” said Els, who rallied from 6-down Friday to beat Steve Stricker. “But I’m happy I can take the rest of this afternoon off.”
Jay Haas shot a 4-under-par 68 for a share of the third-round lead in the Disney Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Rick Fehr, Lennie Clements and Taylor Smith joined Haas at 16 under par 200, while Tiger Woods, the three-time U.S. Amateur champion, who won the Las Vegas Invitational two weeks ago for his first pro title, was a stroke back along with Payne Stewart, Ronnie Black, Mike Sullivan and Joel Edwards.
Woods shot a 69, missing a 2-foot par putt on No. 18.
In Seoul, South Korea, Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea’s Park Se-ri after the third round of the World Championship of Women’s Golf.
Jim Colbert, continuing his season-long assault on the Senior PGA Tour, shot a 4-under-par 68 and held a two-stroke lead over Butch Baird in the Gold Rush Classic at El Dorado Hills, Calif.
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