HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. — PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Two-thirds of a Hall of Fame threesome floundered and failed yesterday, opening the gate to a new set of challengers to Lee Trevino in the final round of the PGA Seniors Championship.
While Trevino was fighting his way to a third-round 71, good enough to retain a three-shot lead, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player drifted back into the pack, all but taking themselves out of title contention.
Nicklaus, the defending champion, shot 74 and Player, a three-time winner of this event, had a 3-over-par 75. They were tied at 215, 1-under par and eight off the pace.
"I don't think Jack was feeling very good," Trevino said. "I think his back was bothering him. He was quitting on shots, spinning out.
"That's very unusual."
Arnold Palmer, who has been in similar situations himself, offered another theory.
"You get three guys like that together, they just get caught up in playing each other instead of the golf course. I've done it, too,"
PGA Heritage Classic
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Defending champ Davis Love III birdied four of the last six holes to grab a three-stroke lead after three rounds.
Love, trying to become the first golfer to win the Heritage three times and the second to capture back-to-back titles, shot his third straight 4-under-par 67 for a 54-hole total of 12-under 201. Love has led or been tied for the lead in six of the past seven rounds at Harbour Town Golf Links. The one time he wasn't on top, he was one stroke behind.
LPGA SEGA Championship
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Despite opening the door to others, Deb Richard said the tournament is in her hands.
"The way I'm striking it, it's mine to do with what I can," Richard said after shooting a 1-under-par 71 that cut her lead to two shots in the SEGA Women's Championship.
Despite putting woes -- she missed a half-dozen of 12 feet or less -- Richard didn't lose her grasp on a solid lead until she double-bogeyed the 17th.
It came moments before Dottie Mochrie, this year's leading money winner, rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the final hole to finish 68-207.