Jeff Sluman, whose only victory is the 1988 PGA Championship, rolled in a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole for a 67 and a one-stroke lead over Tom Byrum after three rounds of the Buick Open Saturday at Grand Blanc, Mich.
Sluman completed three rounds at 16-under-par 200 to hold off Byrum, who was at 201 after a 65.
Fred Couples, Mike Brisky and Joel Edwards were two strokes off the lead at 14 under. Couples and Brisky shot 67s and Edwards a 68.
Jesper Parnevik, hoping to become the first Swedish winner of the Scandinavian Masters, shot a 69 in the third round to open a three-shot lead in the European PGA Tour event at Barseback, Sweden.
Parnevik, 30, had a 54-hole total of 203, 13 under par. Colin Montgomerie, the 1991 Scandinavian Masters winner and the European Tour’s top money winner the past two years, moved into contention with a 67 to share second at 206 with Michael Campbell, a rookie from New Zealand who shot 70.
Ian Woosnam of Wales and Roger Chapman of England were tied for fourth at 208. Woosnam shot a 70 and Chapman had a 66 for the best round of the day. British Open champion John Daly, shot a 67 to move into a share of 16th place at 212, with seven others, including defending champion Vijay Singh of Fiji.
Dottie Mochrie and Pat Bradley shot five-under-par 67s to share the second-round lead in the LPGA McCall’s Classic at Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Jay Sigel sank an eight-foot birdie putt on No. 18 for a four-under-par 66 and a one-stroke lead over three other golfers after two rounds of the VFW Seniors Championship at Belton, Mo.
Defending champion Tiger Woods won two matches to advance to the semifinals of the 93rd Western Amateur in Benton Harbor, Mich. Woods, the U.S. Amateur champion who will be a sophomore at Stanford, will face Robert Floyd, the 19-year-old son of Senior PGA Tour star Raymond Floyd, in today’s semifinals. Patrick Lee of Oxford, Miss., will face Darron Stiles of Plant City, Fla., in the other semifinal.
Marcy Newton of High Point, N.C., defeated Andrea Cordova of Fresno, 4 and 3, to win the 47th U.S. Girls Junior Golf Championship at Longmeadow, Mass.
Austrian Thomas Muster defeated compatriot Gilbert Schaller, 6-2, 6-7 (7-1), 6-3, to advance to a finals showdown against Spaniard Alberto Costa in the Austrian Open.
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Laker forward Elden Campbell pleaded innocent to a drunk driving charge stemming from an incident last month in which his car flipped over on a Ventura County freeway.
Mickey Mantle’s strength has improved after he returned to Baylor University Medical Center Friday for treatment of anemia brought on by his chemotherapy for lung cancer. Mantle is expected to go home Monday.
The United States yachting team held a 25-point lead in the Admiral’s Cup as 24 boats in the eight-team field set sail on the 605-mile Fastnet leg of the event. The three-boat American entry of Blue Yankee, Pigs In Space and No Problem leads the Italian team by five points and the German team by eight. The Fastnet ends the nine-race series. . . . Nechiro Takahara scored in the final minute to give Japan a 2-1 victory over the United States in Group A of soccer’s Youth World Cup for players under 17. . . . Seana Hogan of San Jose won her fourth consecutive title in the 2,904-mile Race Across America bicycle race, finishing with a record time of 9 days 4 hours 17 minutes. Rob Kish of Port Orange, Fla., won the men’s division for the third time in 8 days 19 hours 59 minutes.