Hale Irwin, with a 29 on the back nine that included birdies on the final four holes yesterday, tied with Scott Hoch for the third-round lead of the new Bahamas Classic.
"Just trying to stay up with the young fellows," said Irwin, 40, after he'd tied the course record at the Paradise Island Golf Club with an eight-under-par 64. He is 14 under par with a 202 for 54 holes of the unofficial kickoff event for the 1986 PGA Tour.
"That's the good news. The bad news is that there's still one day to go," Irwin said.
Hoch moved up with a third-round 67. It was two shots back to Ed Fiori, at 204 after a 69.
The three players who shared the second-round lead -- Bob Tway, rookie Davis Love III and Bob Lohr -- couldn't keep pace. Tway shot par 72 and was at 205. Love (73) was tied at 206 with Jeff Sluman (69). And Lohr's 74 tied him at 207 with Mark McCumber, who had an erratic 70.
Irwin made par-4 on the 10th, then played the next eight holes 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 3, 3 -- five birdies, an eagle and two pars. For the eagle on the par-5 13th, he lashed a 4-wood out of a fairway bunker then dropped a 35-foot putt . . .
Tim Norris birdied the final two holes with putts of 25 and 40 feet in a three-under-par 68 at Carmel Valley Golf and Country Club. His 201 total gives him a two-stroke lead over Dan Forsman after three rounds of the Spalding Invitational golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif. Forsman had a four-under 68 at Del Monte, one of three courses used in the non-tour event. The final round will be at oceanside Pebble Beach.