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Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2002

DiMarco retains edge at Disney

Leader cards 69 to remain in front by two strokes

October 20, 2002

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— Chris DiMarco didn't have to spend any time at the Magic Kingdom to feel like he was on a roller coaster Saturday. DiMarco went from a two-stroke lead to a two-stroke deficit at the Disney World Golf Classic before finishing the third round in the same position he started in the lead after a 3-under 69, only with plenty of company.

Despite missing a 5-foot birdie putt on the final hole, DiMarco was at 20-under 196 and had a two-stroke lead over Skip Kendall, Scott Hoch and Bob Burns.

"I'll be a little more aggressive tomorrow," DiMarco said. "I don't know why I wasn't today after shooting a 64 and a 63."

There was no reason to hold back. On another ideal day for scoring, the Magnolia course was as vulnerable as ever, with the average score 69.6.

Kendall made eight birdies on his first 13 holes and briefly had a two-stroke lead until hitting into a bunker for a bogey on No. 15, and three-putting from 30 feet on 17. He wound up with a 66 and will be in the final group today.

DiMarco was ready to quit golf seven years ago when Kendall taught him the "claw" putting grip. DiMarco has gone on to three PGA Tour victories, while Kendall is still trying to win his first in 260 starts.

Hoch made his only bogey on 18 and had a 69, while Burns had a 67.

Tiger Woods had a 5-under 67, a pedestrian round considering the conditions.

"You need to shoot at least 65 to try to keep pace or move up the board," Woods said. "If you shoot 68, you're probably going to stay your ground, if not get passed. You need to try to shoot 3-under par. Right now, par is about 68."

Still, with DiMarco failing to run away from the field, Woods will return today with an outside chance of winning Disney for the third time. At 14-under 202, he was among 19 players within six shots of the lead.

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