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GOLF ROUNDUP : Scrambling Faxon Leads Couples by One

From Associated Press

Brad Faxon scrambled through the third round of the B.C. Open on Saturday and made a six-foot putt birdie putt on the final hole to emerge with a one-stroke lead.

Faxon, seeking his second victory of the season and the $144,000 top prize, was at 13-under-par 200 with 18 holes to play at Endicott, N.Y.

Fred Couples, who began the day four strokes behind the leader, made a short birdie on the 18th hole to briefly tie for the lead. He took over second place at 201 when Blaine McCallister shot a double bogey on No. 18 to drop to nine under.

Peter Jacobsen joined McCallister at 204, with Greg Whisman and David Peoples another shot back.

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The hot putting that Faxon displayed taking a three-stroke lead in the second round at the En-Joie Golf Club deserted him--as did his driving--and he finished the day with an even-par 71.

Charles Coody shot a par 72 but still took the lead after two rounds of the Nationwide Championship seniors event at Alpharetta, Ga.

Coody was at 139, two shots ahead of Mike Hill and Dick Hendrickson, after starting the day one stroke off Jim Dent’s lead.

Dent, who had an opening 66, faltered to a 76 and 142 total over the 6,677-yard Country Club of the South course.

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Hill, the tour’s second-leading money winner seeking his fourth victory this year, shot a 71 for 141. Hendrickson used an eagle-3 on the par-five, 15th hole for a 69 and a share of second place.

Pat Bradley shot a par-72 and held a one-stroke lead over Judy Dickinson after three rounds of the LPGA Safeco Classic at Kent, Wash.

Bradley, who has won 28 times in 18 years, was at eight-under par 208 after three trips around the 6,202-yard Meridian Valley Country Club course.

Dickinson, who began the day five shots back, had a 68 and was one stroke ahead of Kris Monaghan, who shot a 67, and Mitzi Edge, who shot a 73.

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