Archive for Sunday, August 10, 2003

Love maintains 10-point lead

Rollins remains in second place at The International

August 10, 2003


— Davis Love III played steady, conservative golf to maintain his 10-point lead Saturday in The International.

Using long irons off most tees, Love avoided trouble in his 5-point round, increasing his total to 41 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event.

Love, who began the day with 36 points and a 10-point lead, had three birdies and one bogey. His lead was up to 11 points, and never less than 8.

John Rollins also earned 5 points and remained in second place with 31 points. Vijay Singh was third with 28 after a 9-point round.

Chris DiMarco and Retief Goosen each had 26 points, and Phil Mickelson had an up-and-down round to finish at 23. J.J. Henry was at 22, and Charles Howell III had 21.

The scoring system gives players 8 points for a double eagle, 5 points for an eagle, 2 points for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse. Rich Beem won last year with a four-round total of 44 points, including 19 Sunday.

The field, cut after 36 holes, was trimmed again to the low 36 players and ties for today's final round.

Love, who had saved par from the sand at No. 13, did so again on the 18th hole, making an uphill 4-footer. Meanwhile, Rollins three-putted, missing a curling 3-footer and taking bogey. Mickelson made an early move, getting to 23 points through three holes. But he double-bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5 and needed four birdies on the back nine to recover.

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