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Verplank takes lead at Canadian Open

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MONTREAL — Scott Verplank shot a 4-under-par 66 Saturday and held a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Canadian Open.

Verplank was at 11-under 199, the lowest 54-hole score ever at Royal Montreal.

Dicky Pride, who led after two rounds, bounced his approach off the bleachers on the 18th and made bogey for a 69. He was one stroke behind along with Paul Gow (66), trying to become the first Australian to win at Royal Montreal since Jim Ferrier in 1950.

Tiger Woods finished with a 69 and was eight strokes out of the lead.

Bob Estes had his seventh straight round in the 60s, a 3-under 67 and was at 201. Another stroke back was Sergio Garcia and Sam Randolph, the 1985 U.S. Amateur champion who got in as the 22nd alternate.

John Daly had a 64 and was one of a dozen players within five strokes of the lead.

ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP: At West Des Moines, Iowa, Jim Thorpe, coming off his first victory of the season, capped a 6-under-par 65 with an 18-foot birdie putt and held a one-shot lead after two rounds of the inaugural Allianz Championship.

Thorpe's closing birdie got him to 9-under 133, one shot ahead of Tom Kite and Isao Aoki, who also shot a 65, his lowest round of the year.

Bruce Lietzke was another stroke back at 7-under.

First-round leader Gil Morgan shot an even-par 71, and was 6-under for the tournament, tied with John Jacobs and Dave Stockton.

WILLIAMS CHAMPIONSHIP: At Tulsa, Okla., Donna Andrews set a course record with a career-best 8-under-par 62 and took a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the inaugural Williams Championship.

Andrews, who called a penalty stroke on herself on the 18th hole, started the round two shots behind co-leaders Kelly Robbins and Gloria Park and ended it at 8-under 132.

Andrews had six birdies in a front-nine 29 and appeared headed for a chance at becoming the second woman in history to shoot a 59 after adding birdies at Nos. 10, 12 and 15. After a bogey at 16, she had another birdie on 17, but took a one-stroke penalty on the final hole after telling officials she double-hit her final putt.

Andrews broke the Tulsa Country Club record of 64, which had been tied earlier in the day by Karen Weiss.

EUROPEAN MASTERS: At Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Ricardo Gonzalez had an eagle and three birdies en route to a 3-under-par 68 and a two-stroke lead through three rounds of the European Masters.

The 31-year-old Argentine, seeking his first European PGA tour title, was at 13 under 200 for 54 holes on the 6,846-yard mountain course.