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Y.E. Yang holds lead on a wild day at the Honda Classic

He shoots even-par 70 while challengers go up and down.

March 08, 2009|Associated Press

On a topsy-turvy day at the Honda Classic, the guy who started the third round in front found a way to finish there too.

Y.E. Yang shot even-par 70, good enough to give him a one-shot lead over Jeff Klauk (67) and Jeff Overton (70, with a triple-bogey on the 11th hole, going twice in the water, followed by two birdies in his last three holes) entering the final round at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Yang bogeyed the third hole, birdied the 15th and made nothing but pars the rest of the way, a slow-and-steady approach that left him at seven-under 203. Others needed a roller-coaster mentality.

Ben Crane got into the lead with an ace on the 162-yard fifth hole, chipped in on the next hole for another birdie to get to seven under, then made two double-bogeys in the next five holes, finishing three shots back.

Charlie Wi (65), Brett Quigley (67) and John Rollins (68) all finished two shots off the pace, at five under.

"If you would have said, take 65 on the first tee, I would have said, 'See ya later,' " Wi said. "So, you know, I gave myself a chance."

So did Mark Calcavecchia, who will start today's round tied for seventh after a 65 and in position to pull off something statistically bizarre.

He won the Honda in 1987, prevailed again 11 years later -- and now, 11 years after that, is in contention again, at four under. "It is nice to know that I can still compete out here with these young guys. It is," the 48-year-old said.

Hull leads

Australia's Katherine Hull had seven birdies en route to a six-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Angela Stanford after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore.

Hull, who won the Australian Ladies Masters last month, had an 11-under 205 total on the Tanah Merah Country Club.

Sun Young Yoo (68) was a stroke back of Stanford and a shot ahead of Mi Hyun Kim (70), with second-round co-leader Paula Creamer (72) five strokes off the lead.

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