The scoreboard at the Castle Pines Golf Club yesterday showed Eduardo Romero of Argentina and Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain tied for the top spot of the International tournament in Castle Rock, Colo., with 26 points each. However, under the peculiar format for the event they were -- in effect -- tied with 22 others, some of whom were 10 points behind.
The top 24 point-makers from the first three days advance to Sunday's final round, at which point all scores revert to zero. So the 54-hole lead was meaningless.
But Davis Love III finished in the money, winning the "day money" prize of $10,000 that went to the player with the best point total for the third round. He collected 15 of his 23 points today.
Scoring in the event is a modified Stableford system in which points are awarded for the players' performance on each hole: five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, -1 for bogey and -3 for double bogey or higher. It took a score of 16 points or better for three rounds to advance to the final round.
Among those ousted were U.S. Open title-holder Hale Irwin, defending champion Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus had weightier matters on his mind. His 21-year-old son, Gary, is recuperating from a heart virus at a Denver hospital.
Irwin picked up four third-round points for a total of 12. Nicklaus gained only two points in a round that required 73 strokes and finished with a total of five.
Howard Twitty tied with Ian Baker-Finch of Australia for second place in the "day money" competition, worth $6,250 each.
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In New Rochelle, N.Y., Betsy King had six birdies on the back nine in shooting a course-record 63. King, who before the round thought "maybe I can bring this course to its knees," moved to a three-round total of 11-under 205 at the Wykagyl Country Club and took a three-shot lead over Beth Daniel.
A two-time U.S. Women's Open champion, King bettered the mark of 64 held by Cary Middlecoff, Lloyd Mangrum and Craig Wood.
Rosie Jones was third with a 71 for 209.