PGA champion Hubert Green birdied five holes in a row and one-putted his way to a third-round 64 yesterday for a 204 total and a two-stroke lead in the $500,000 Doral-Eastern Open golf tournament in Miami.
Green, who started the day seven shots off the pace and teed off an hour ahead of the 36-hole leaders, bridged the gap by shooting 29 -- the season's best nine-hole total -- over the front side.
"That's something you don't do all that often on the PGA Tour," said Green, 39, who now has done it three times in a 17-year career. "I didn't play bad, but it wasn't exactly the result of shots Ben Hogan or even Sam Hogan would have been proud of. But the ball went in the hole and that's nice."
Tom Kite, a three-stroke leader after 36 holes, scrambled for 73 -- 206. Andy Bean, Jim Thorpe and D.A. Weibring were at 207. Tom Watson was near the lead until he twice hit into the water on No. 8 and made a fat 8. He came in at 71 -- 210.
Mac O'Grady hung in at 69 -- 209 and said of the latest, maybe $2,000, fine Tour Commissioner Deane Beman plans to levy him for uncomplimentary remarks, "I'll rot in hell before I pay that fine. No way will I pay." . .
Marci Bozarth, stringing four successive birdies in a round of 69, and Juli Inkster (70) tied for the third-round lead at 10-under-par 206 in the 72-hole LPGA Women's Kemper Open at Princeville, Hawaii. Two strokes back were second-round leader Chris Johnson and Amy Alcott.