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LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL: On a day when the wind howled and scores soared, Duffy Waldorf may have been the most surprised golfer.

Make that pleasantly surprised, after a 3-under 69 Friday left Waldorf with a four-shot lead after three rounds of a tournament turned topsy-turvy by wind gusting to 45 mph that caused scores to balloon.

Playing away from scoreboards and on the Desert Inn Country Club course, the most sheltered of the three courses used in the tournament, Waldorf shot six strokes worse than he did a day earlier. It was still enough to vault him from a tie for the lead to a four-shot margin over Billy Mayfair. Fred Couples was tied with Kevin Sutherland another shot back.

SENIOR GOLD RUSH: Bob Eastwood, continuing the finest season of his career, shot a 5-under-par 67 in a strong, steady wind Friday for a two-stroke lead over five players in the first round of the Raley's Senior Gold Rush at El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Gary Player, 61, who has won a combined six British Opens on the PGA and senior tours, shot a 69 to join rookie John Morgan, Jim Dent, Tom Wargo and Bruce Summerhays.