Steve Pate scored two eagles, both on the front side, on the way to a 7-under-par 65 that lifted him into a one-stroke lead after yesterday's third round of the $600,000 Walt Disney World Golf Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"Before I knew what was happening, I was a bunch under," said Pate, who was 6 under for the day's first seven holes on the Palm course and, after one round on each of three resort courses, was 17 under at 199.
Mark O'Meara, Disney 36-hole leader and two weeks ago runner-up to Pate in the Southwest Classic, shot 69 for 200 going into today's finale on the Magnolia course.
Pate pitched in from 60 feet for eagle on the first hole, and hit a 4-wood second shot to within two feet for a 3 on the par-5 No. 7.
World Match Play:
Defending champion Greg Norman missed a tying five-foot putt on the 36th hole at Wentworth, England, and lost his quarterfinal to Mark McNulty, 1 up.
That left today's semifinal pairings with none of the top four seeds -- Norman, Larry Mize, Scott Simpson and Nick Faldo. Ian Woosnam beat Faldo by one hole, Sandy Lyle downed Mize, 7 and 6, and Seve Ballesteros topped Simpson, 5 and 4.
Today, McNulty meets Lyle and Ballesteros faces Woosnam.
Kathy Whitworth shot 1-under-par 72 for a 54-hole 213 and a four-shot victory over runner-up Susie Berning (69) in the Marilynn Smith Founders' Classic in Irving, Tex.
Whitworth collected $20,500 for the victory, $10,500 for winning the age 45-51 category and a $10,000 bonus for the overall title.
Joyce Ziske Malison, a homebody now who plays twice a week and last won on tour in 1960, won category A for players 52 and older. She had by far her biggest payday, $10,500.
Age 50-and-up rookie Al Geiberger shot 3-under-par 68 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Hilton Head (S.C.) Seniors International. He was at 138 on the Harbour Town links.