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Bobby Wadkins and Mark Brooks engaged in a wonderful duel at the Kemper Open on Saturday. The same twosome will do it again Sunday, only the stakes will be much higher.

Wadkins had one bogey and seven birdies for a 6-under-par 65 and a two-stroke lead over Brooks after three trips over the TPC at Avenel course. Wadkins was at 13-under 200, while Brooks had a 69 for a 202 total.When the final round gets under way Sunday, Wadkins will be seeking to nail down his first tournament title since joining the PGA Tour in 1975. He gained entry to the Kemper with a sponsor's exemption.

Brooks has won three tournaments in 11 years - the last in 1991.

It may not be a two-man show. Phil Mickelson closed with two birdies for a 67 that put him at 206, tied with D.A. Weibring and Mark O'Meara. Weibring shot a 68 and O'Meara had a 69.

"Mark and Bobby have kind of separated themselves," Mickelson said. "The leaders aren't going to come back. The only way to beat them is to shoot a really low score."

Down two strokes, Wadkins birdied 11 with a seven-foot putt and made a 35-foot birdie putt on 12 to pull even. He then recovered from an awful tee shot on 13, making a 12-foot birdie putt to take the lead.

Both golfers parred 14, but Brooks bogeyed 15 while Wadkins made a three-footer for par to open up a two-stroke lead. Brooks gained a stroke with a lengthy birdie putt on 16, but Wadkins made an eight-footer on 18 for a birdie and the two-shot lead.

Brooks opened the day with a two-shot lead over Wadkins and immediately stretched it to three with a tap-in birdie on No. 1. Wadkins then made a 20-foot birdie putt on 2 to go eight under.

For the first time since Thursday, Brooks lost sole possession of first place on No. 4. He missed an eight-foot par putt while Wadkins moved to nine under with a 25-foot birdie putt.

Brooks birdied 5, but Watkins pulled even on the 520-yard, par-5 6th with a superb birdie. After leaving his drive in the right rough and then hitting his second shot to the left of the fairway, he hit within eight feet of the pin and made the putt.

Wadkins got only bogey of the day on 8 after hitting his approach in the grassy rough beyond the green. Brooks then birdied 9 to take a two-shot lead at the turn.

Robert Gamez will enter the final round alone in sixth at 207.

Scott Hoch had perhaps the strangest round Saturday, getting two eagles, four birdies and four bogeys in a 67 that left him at 208. Bob May double-bogeyed the first hole, but he also had two eagles en route to a 66 for a 208 total.

A couple of big names were much farther back. John Daly shot a 69 to finish at 213, tied with Payne Stewart, who shot a 72.

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At Birmingham, Ala., Bob Charles shot his second straight 6-under-par 66 Saturday and held a one-shot lead over former club pro Larry Gilbert after two rounds of the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Jim Dent was third, another stroke back, and four others were three shots behind, including first-round leader Jim Albus.

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At East Lansing, Mich., Beth Daniel, seeking her second straight victory, overcame a shaky start in the third round Saturday for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke lead over Lisa Kiggens in the LPGA Oldamobile Classic.

A strong finish put Daniel, who won the LPGA Corning Classic last week, at 16-under 200 for the $600,000 tournament at Walnut Hills Country Club with one round to go.