Davis Love III continued to shake off last week's disastrous showing at the Ryder Cup, shooting a third-round 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-shot lead over fellow-Georgian Stewart Cink at the $1.2 million Buick Challenge.
Love, who won his first major by taking the PGA this year, lost all four of his matches at the Ryder Cup in Spain last week.He didn't let that bother him Saturday, dropping in six birdies before a lone bogey on No. 17 for a 17-under-par 199 for 54 holes over the 7,057-yard Mountain View Course at the Callaway Gardens resort, 90 miles southwest of Atlanta.
That was good enough for the Sea Island, Ga., resident to break the course and tournament record of 200 for 54 holes set by Steve Elkington in winning the rain-shortened event in 1994.
Cink, who played at Georgia Tech, stayed within striking distance by matching Love's 67 and was at 201. He had five birdies in a bogey-free round in seeking the first prize of $216,000.
Cink, who earned his first tour win in July at the Canon Greater Hartford Open, led the BC Open last week entering the final round before shooting a 75 on Sunday to finish tied for 12th, five shots behind winner Gabriel Hjertstedt.
Tom Byrum and David Sutherland were tied for third at 205.
At Clemmons, N.C., Hale Irwin loosened up his sore right shoulder and shot a course-record 62 Saturday to open a five-stroke lead in the Vantage Championship, moving closer to becoming the first golfer ever to win $2 million in a season.
Irwin, who took a one-shot lead into Saturday's round and questioned how he would perform because of shoulder tendinitis flaring up, birdied five of his first eight holes as he moved to 16-under-par after 36 holes.
Betsy King Classic
At Kutztown, Pa., host Betsy King and LPGA money leader Annika Sorenstam moved into a first-place tie Saturday after the third round of the $600,000 CoreStates Betsy King Classic.
King shot a 5-under-par 67 at the 6,075-yard, par 72 Berkleigh Country Club. Sorenstam, the defending champion, had a 68 to tie King at 11-under-205. Both were one stroke ahead of Kelly Robbins, who tied the course record with a 65.