Jeff Maggert played flawless golf Saturday, wiping out Wayne Levi’s four-stroke lead and building a two-stroke advantage of his own after three rounds of the Greater Hartford Open at Cromwell, Conn.
Maggert had a bogey-free 64 on the par-70, 6,820-yard TPC at River Highlands course and was at 197, two strokes better than Levi and Tom Byrum.
Byrum shot a 65 and Levi a 70.
“You hit 17 greens and every fairway, you’re going to play well,” said Maggert, looking for his first victory in four years.
Levi, who hasn’t won since he was player of the year in 1990, led after 18 and 36 holes but was unable to withstand Maggert’s charge. He had one birdie and that was offset by a bogey.
“I never really hit many good shots. I always was fairly far from the pin,” Levi said. “Here I am, I shot even-par. But you look at the leaderboard and it’s all red. So it wasn’t good.”
Doug Barron was at 200 and alone in fourth place, followed by Stewart Cink at 201 and Brandel Chamblee at 202. Mike Brisky, Paul Claxton and Steve Pate shared seventh place at 203.
A fitter, trimmer John Daly, playing for the first time since his abrupt departure from the U.S. Open, turned in a bogey-free 67. He was straight on the fairways and steady on the greens, and was at 208 after 54 holes, with rounds of 71 and 70 before Saturday.
Dave Stockton needs work on his long irons, but the rest of his game proved good enough to take a second-round lead in the Franklin Quest Championship at Park City, Utah.
“At this altitude, you need to hit your long shots high to have a chance to stop it on the green,” Stockton said, after shooting a second-round, 8-under par 64 in the Senior PGA event at this mountain resort’s 7,169-yard, par-72 Park Meadows course.
Bud Allin (66), Mike McCullough (69), Frank Conner (69), Bobby Stroble (69), Tom Shaw (69) and Kermit Zarley (69) followed at 136, while Jerry McGee (68), Jimmy Adams (69) and Jay Sigel (69) were four back at 137.
John Bland of South Africa shot a 2-under-par 70 Saturday and opened a two-stroke lead at 208 after three rounds of the Senior British Open at Portrush, Northern Ireland.
Paired with second-round leader Noel Ratcliffe, Bland reeled off the birdies from the ninth to 12th holes to overtake the Australian, who ran into a storm of six bogeys.
Ratcliffe, who led by three strokes going into the round, wound up with a 3-over 75 for a share of second place at 210 with Gary Player of South Africa and American Tom Wargo.
Wargo fired a 69 to charge into contention. Player had a 72.
Defending champion Fred Couples eagled the 531-yard eighth hole for $14,446 to take the lead after the first nine holes of the Export A Skins Championship at Whistler, British Columbia. Couples, seeking his fourth victory in five years in the four-man $260,000 competition, had three skins on the Nicklaus North Golf Course for a total of $36,115.
Greg Norman was second at $32,503, Jack Nicklaus followed at $25,280, and Nick Faldo failed to win a skin.
Brandie Burton, winless since 1993, shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over English star Laura Davies after the second round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic at Warren, Ohio.
Burton had a 13-under 131 total on the Avalon Lakes Golf Course.
Davies also shot a 66, while first-round co-leader Tammie Green (71) was four back along with Moira Dunn (68).
Tracy Hanson of Rathdrum, Idaho, who shot a 65, and Robin Walton of Clarkston with a 71, are at 139.
U.S. Junior Amateur
Jason Allred of Ashland, Ore., defeated Trevor Immelman of South Africa 1-up in the 50th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa.
In the morning semifinals, Allred defeated Chris Zeller of Boca Raton, Fla., 5 and 4, and Immelman defeated Sean O’Hair, of Scottsdale, Ariz., 5 and 4.
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