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Goosen leading Scottish Open

U.S. Open winner has three-stroke lead after round of 66

July 15, 2001

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— Retief Goosen's confidence has never been greater since winning the U.S. Open last month at Southern Hills.

His game isn't too bad, either. That combination was on display Saturday at the Scottish Open, where Goosen responded to every great shot with one of his own and closed out a 5-under-par 66 with a birdie on the final hole to take a three-stroke lead at Loch Lomond.

"I'm expecting to play well tomorrow and win," said Goosen, whose 197 was the best 54-hole score in the five-year history at Loch Lomond. "I'm hungry to win again and again and again."

Adam Scott and John Daly are in an unenviable position trying to catch the Goose in full flight, a player who is hitting irons as crisply as he did at the U.S. Open.

Scott carded a 67 and wound up losing ground at 200. A birdie on the 18th gave Daly a 66, his 10th consecutive round at par or better, and put him at 202 along with Paul McGinley (67).

Goosen has a chance to win another national open today. He also has won the French Open twice and a South African Open. And despite his dominance at soggy Loch Lomond for the first three days, he knows it's not over.

"Three shots is nothing, and it's going to have to be another low round," he said.

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