Archive for Sunday, May 23, 2004

Three tied for lead at Colonial

Campbell, Flesch, Gay deadlocked entering final round

May 23, 2004

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— Chad Campbell became the third golfer in two years to tie the Colonial course record, and shared the third-round lead after Brian Gay couldn't sustain his fast start Saturday.

Campbell, who learned to play golf in windy conditions growing up in west Texas, shot an early 9-under 61 despite two bogeys and winds of 20-25 mph. He got to 8-under 202 after making the cut over par.

Gay looked like he'd make a record run of his own, with six birdies in a seven-hole stretch and was 8-under round through 12 holes.

But Gay had bogeys on three of his last five holes. He still finished with a season-best 65 and a share of the lead with Campbell and Steve Flesch (67).

Flesch, in one of the last groups, had his third straight under-par round. He got to the top of the leaderboard with a 20-foot birdie on the 188-yard 16th.

Zach Johnson (68) was two strokes back at 6-under 204, a stroke better than Jesper Parnevik (68) and Craig Perks (70), the first-round leader whose only win came at the 2002 PGA Championship.

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