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Gore opens up 2-stroke lead

FARMINGTON, Pa. — U.S. Open fan favorite Jason Gore shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to open a two-shot lead over a group of five after three rounds of the 84 Lumber Classic.

Gore got off to a great start by chipping in from 63 feet for an eagle 2 at the 371-yard, par-4 first, and had six birdies to offset three bogeys for his second round in the 60s in three days for a 12-under 204 total.

Gore leads a group of relative no-names at 10-under 206, including Craig Barlow (70), Tag Ridings (67), Carlos Franco (68), Rod Pampling (69) and Carl Pettersson (70). Three back are Justin Leonard (70) and Chris DiMarco (67) and Cameron Beckman (73).

Gore played his way into the last pairing for the final round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, but shot a 14-over 84 and slipped into a 41st-place tie. He went back to the Nationwide Tour and won three straight times, shooting a 59 along the way, to earn a promotion to the PGA Tour.

Gore is trying to become the first to win on the PGA Tour in the same season he earned the automatic promotion.

Phil Mickelson had a fifth PGA Tour career hole-in-one and is seven off the lead after a 67. Vijay Singh is nine strokes back after a third-round 73.

WORLD MATCH PLAY: At Virginia Water, England, U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell routed top-seeded Retief Goosen 7 and 6 Saturday to advance to the final of the World Match Play Championship.

Campbell will play for the title Sunday against 11th-seeded Paul McGinley of Ireland, who defeated second-seeded Angel Cabrera of Argentina 4 and 3.

Goosen did not have a birdie in the first 11 holes as his bid for the first prize of $1.8 million — the biggest in golf — vanished. After two matches, he had been a combined 17 under after playing 54 holes.

JOHN Q. HAMMONS HOTEL CLASSIC: At Broken Arrow, Okla., defending champion Annika Sorenstam shot a 3-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Ellis and Maria Hjorth after three rounds of the John Q. Hammons Hotel Classic.

Sorenstam made back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14-15 to break a three-way tie for the lead at Cedar Ridge Country Club and moved into a position to win the event for the third time. She also won the tournament at Tulsa Country Club in 2002.

Tied with Hjorth and France's Karine Icher, Sorenstam hit the pin with her chip for eagle at the 14th and tapped in for birdie. Icher matched Sorenstam with a 6-foot birdie putt, and both moved to 7 under. Sorenstam then hit a 5-iron to 21 feet at the par-3 15th and made the putt to take the lead.

Ellis had a 69 and Hjorth, the first-round leader after an opening 64, shot a 1-over 72 to get to 6 under.

Icher's alone in fourth at 5 under after a 70, and Solheim Cup singles foes Paula Creamer (71) and Laura Davies (70) were tied with Leta Lindley (70) at 2 under.

CONSTELLATION ENERGY CLASSIC: At Hunt Valley, Md., Bob Gilder shot a 5-under 67 to maintain a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Constellation Energy Classic.

Gilder birdied the par-4 18th to reach a tournament-record 13-under 131 after 36 holes at Hayfields Country Club.

D.A. Weibring and Morris Hatalsky are tied for second at 11 under. Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange (66) and Senior British Open champ Tom Watson (68) are three strokes back.

Gilder, a seven-time winner on the Champions Tour, is trying to become the second straight wire-to-wire winner of the $1.7 million event. Defending champion Wayne Levi is at 3-under 141 after a second-round 70.

The 54-year-old Gilder, the Champions Tour's rookie of the year in 2001, is looking for his first victory since the 2003 Emerald Coast Classic.

Lee Trevino, playing in his first event since January because of back pain and after undergoing minor surgery in May, followed an opening 80 with a 73.