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GOLF ROUNDUP : Rookie Leads at Las Vegas

October 23, 1994|From Associated Press

Jim Furyk, a rookie with a highly unorthodox swing, had three consecutive birdies in a six-under-par 66 Saturday and took a one-shot lead after four rounds of the 90-hole, $1.5-million Las Vegas Invitational.

Bruce Lietzke birdied four of the last five holes and Kirk Triplett birdied 18 and were tied for second.

Furyk, at 21-under 266, wasn't too concerned about either the swing or the lead going into the final round.

"I'm glad to be leading," he said. "You never want to start out behind. But the only time your position matters is when you hole out on Sunday."

And as to the swing--he takes the club back far to the outside, then drops it inside--he shrugged. "It's a natural swing. I'm not going to change. I'm stuck with it, whether I like it or not."

Furyk played the front side in 31 and, at that point, had a three-shot lead.

"I've never been in that position before, leading by three shots," he said. "That was kind of exciting."

Furyk had the best finish of his brief career this year, a tie for seventh at Tucson. He went into that final round tied for the lead.

"I was a little nervous starting out, and I guess I probably will be tomorrow," he said. "I think anybody would be nervous, leading the tournament."

Lietzke shot 66 and Triplett had a 68. They were followed by Billy Andrade and Guy Boros, son of the late Hall of Famer Julius Boros, another stroke behind at 268. Andrade shot 67 and Boros 68.

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Brandie Burton made five birdies and Beth Daniel had four in winning separate matches, and the Americans put a stop to Laura Davies to pull even with Europe in the Solheim Cup at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The United States won three of five four-ball matches to even the three-day event, 5-5. Ten singles matches remain today in the Ryder Cup-style tournament of the United States vs. Europe.

Burton birdied three holes on the back as she and Dottie Mochrie earned a 2-and-1 comeback victory over Davies and Alison Nicholas of Britain. Daniel and Meg Mallon were never threatened in a 7-and-5 victory over Annika Sorenstam and Catrin Nilsmark of Sweden.

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