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Couples grabs L.A. Open lead with 7-under

WAILEA, HAWAII LOS ANGELES H — LOS ANGELES -- Fred Couples, who seems to be hitting his prime as a golfer in his 30s, charged from five shots off the pace yesterday to pass the faltering Davis Love III in the Nissan Los Angeles Open.

Couples, who took charge in the third round two years ago and went on to win the L.A. Open, shot a 7-under-par 64 this time to go to 14-under at 199 through three rounds at Riviera Country Club.

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Love had a 70 to fall back into a three-way tie for second at 200 with Tom Sieckmann and Sandy Lyle, who both had 66s.

Love was threatening to turn the tournament into a runaway before disaster struck on the 12th hole. He had gone to 17-under with a birdie on No. 11, but he triple-bogeyed the par-4, 413-yard 12th hole.

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He pulled his drive to the right, where it clipped a tree and landed in the rough. Love then banged the ball into a tree trying to hit out of trouble and the ball wound up in a ditch. He blew his third shot and the ball remained in the ditch.

He hit his fourth shot back onto the fairway, but well short of the green, then chipped up 8 feet below the hole. Two putts then gave him an 7.

That nightmarish sequence trimmed what had been a substantial lead down to one shot, then Love bogeyed at No. 15 to fall back into a tie for the lead.

Couples, meanwhile, birdied the 16th hole to go up by a stroke and then parred out.

Sieckmann also went to 14-under with a birdie at No. 17, but he bogeyed the final hole to drop a shot behind.

Couples, 32, has made steady progress in the past few years, going to third on the 1991 money list with $791,749. He has won six events since joining the tour in 1981, including the L.A. Open in 1990.

"This is probably the best round I've played all year," Couples said. "I'm only hitting it where I want it two out of five times, but I'm not missing it too far off.

"The difference now is that if I don't play my best tomorrow [today], I know I can still handle the pressure. In '90 I absolutely needed to play my best in order to win."

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Women's Kemper Open

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Dawn Coe won for the first time in nine years on the LPGA Tour, making birdies on two of last four holes to withstand a furious final challenge from Dottie Mochrie at the Women's Kemper Open.

"It feels awesome," Coe, 31, said after carding a 4-under-par 68 to win by a stroke. "I wanted to win so much, I just wanted to know what it felt like. Now I know -- it's great."

The Canadian finished the 54-hole tournament 13 under at 275, barely holding off Mochrie, whose final-round 64 set the Blue Course record at Maui's Wailea resort. It also was a career-best round for Mochrie.

"That's what I've been working toward for nine years," said Coe, who collected $75,000. "It's been a lot of hard work."

Among the Maryland players, former Kensington resident Michelle Mackall finished 75-282 for $6,164; Tina Barrett, of Baltimore, 69-284 for $5,189, and Kim Williams, Potomac, 74-292 for $716.

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Mackall, in her third year on tour, had opened 71-67-70 and was one shot out of the lead at the start of the final round. She played the first eight holes even before slipping back on the early holes of the back nine.

Final scores (par 72) Dawn Coe, $75,000 68-70-69-68--275 Dottie Mochrie, $46,546 67-74-71-64--276

Michele M. Berteotti, $33,966 66-72-70-69--277 Dana Lofland, $26,418 71-68-73-66--278 Michelle McGann, $19,499 71-67-72-69--279 Cindy Rarick, $19,499 73-65-70-71--279 Brandie Burton, $13,963 70-71-71-68--280 Tammie Green, $13,963 71-70-70-69--280 Meg Mallon, $10,651 73-70-70-68--281 Betsy King, $10,651 71-70-70-70--281 Mitzi Edge, $10,651 70-71-70-70--281 Jane Crafter, $7,799 73-73-70-66--282 Helen Alfredsson, $7,799 68-74-72-68--282 Amy Benz, $7,799 74-72-67-69--282 Karen Davies, $7,799 72-68-70-72--282 Sally Little, $7,799 70-69-70-73--282 Karen Noble, $6,614 72-72-69-70--283 Patty Sheehan, $6,164 72-69-72-70--283 Liselotte Neumann, $6,164 73-74-65-71--283 Michelle Mackall, $6,164 71-67-70-75--283 Rosie Jones, $5,189 71-73-73-67--284 Tina Barrett, $5,189 72-72-71-69--284 Kris Tschetter, $5,189 73-71-69-71--284 Donna Andrews, $5,189 73-71-69-71--284 Juli Inkster, $4,428 75-72-69-69--285 Cindy Mackey, $4,428 71-74-69-71--285 Jane Geddes, $4,428 70-73-71-71--285 Laura Davies, $4,428 71-69-70-75--285 Deb Richard, $4,428 71-67-72-75--285

Pearl Sinn, $3,767 70-76-69-71--286 Danielle Ammaccapane, $3,767 71-73-70-72--286 Robin Walton, $3,767 71-70-73-72--286 Pat Bradley, $3,767 73-68-72-73--286

Amy Alcott, $3,132 70-74-72-71--287 Marianne Morris, $3,132 72-72-71-72--287 Maggie Will, $3,132 73-71-70-73--287 Jill Briles-Hinton, $3,132 73-69-72-73--287 Val Skinner, $3,132 74-68-71-74--287 Chris Johnson, $3,132 71-71-71-74--287 Deborah McHaffie, $2,574 74-72-75-67--288 Trish Johnson, $2,574 71-74-70-73--288 Cindy Figg-Currier, $2,574 73-70-72-73--288 Lori West, $1,832 76-69-75-69--289 Ayako Okamoto, $1,832 72-71-76-70--289 Jenny Lidback, $1,832 71-72-76-70--289 Kate Hughes, $1,832 74-73-71-71--289 Kim Bauer, $1,832 74-73-71-71--289 Marci Bozarth, $1,832 75-70-73-71--289 Laurel Kean, $1,832 73-71-74-71--289 Sherri E. Turner, $1,832 77-70-70-72--289 Kay Cockerill, $1,832 72-74-71-72--289 Barb Thomas, $1,832 70-74-72-73--289 Marta Figueras-Dotti, $1,832 74-71-70-74--289 Gail Graham, $1,832 70-70-71-78--289 Nancy Ramsbottom, $1,169 76-70-75-69--290 Mary Beth Zimmerman, $1,169 72-73-73-72--290 Kathy Postlewait, $1,169 71-76-70-73--290 Susie Berning, $1,169 69-72-72-77--290 Kelly Crawford, $859 74-71-75-71--291

Kim Cathrein, $859 73-72-75-71--291 Kristi Albers, $859 73-71-75-72--291 Stephanie Farwig, $859 75-72-70-74--291 Jennifer Wyatt, $859 74-72-71-74--291 Joan Pitcock, $859 74-71-71-75--291

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Vicki Fergon, $716 77-69-72-74--292

Kim Williams, $716 70-76-72-74--292 Tani Tatum, $628 75-72-75-71--293

Lisa Walters, $628 77-70-74-72--293 Laurie Rinker, $628 71-75-75-72--293 Florence Descampe, $628 73-69-78-73--293 Ok-Hee Ku, $628 74-72-70-77--293

Carolyn Hill, $553 74-72-72-76--294 Nina Foust, $534 77-69-75-74--295 Rhonda Reilly, $534 70-74-77-74--295

Nancy Harvey, $510 76-70-77-73--296 Nancy White, $510 72-72-75-77--296 Terry-Jo Myers, $494 77-70-78-74--299

Seniors Chrysler Cup

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SARASOTA, Fla.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez combined for a 66 to help the United States to a 39-13 lead over the international team in the second round.

The Americans won two of the stroke-play, alternate-shot matches and tied two others, with the victories worth 8 points each and the ties 4 points apiece.

Trevino and Rodriquez led the United States team for the second straight day. They defeated Bruce Devlin and Billy Dunk, who posted a 70 on the 6,763-yard, par-72 course on the Tournament Players Club at Prestancia.

Americans Mike Hill and Miller Barber also won their match by four strokes, beating Harold Henning and Simon Hobday, 72-76.

United States teammates Jim Colbert and George Archer posted a 71 to tie Gary Player and Bob Charles, while Dale Douglass and Jim Dent also tied Bruce Crampton and Tommy Horton with 71s.

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The United States team needs 11 1/2 more points to win.

In today's final round, eight singles matches will be worth 6 points each with 100 total points available during the three-day event.

Second round

United States 39, International 13

Jim Colbert and George Archer, U.S., halved with Gary Player and Bob Charles, International, 71-71.

Miller Barber and Mike Hill, U.S., def. Harold Henning and Simon Hobday, International, 72-76.

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Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez, U.S., def. Bruce Devlin and Billy Dunk, International, 66-70.

Dale Douglass and Jim Dent, U.S., halved with Bruce Crampton and Tommy Horton, International, 71-71.


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