On a Canadian Open scoreboard seemingly turned upside down, Buddy Gardner had the lead and Curtis Strange was the anchorman.

Gardner, winless in 13 seasons on the PGA Tour, beat cold, windy conditions with a 67 that provided him a one-stroke lead in the third round of this national championship.

"I putted like a demon today," said Gardner, who eagled the final hole from 25 feet and made par-saving putts of 3, 4, 4, 6, 6, 8, 8 and 10 feet.

Strange was afflicted with different demons. The two-time U.S. Open winner, who also won the Canadian in 1985 and '87, took a 10-over-par 82 on the Glen Abbey course in Oakville, Ontario. That gave him a 225 total and a tie for last among the 70 players who survived the 36-hole cut.

Gardner completed 54 holes in 207, 9 under par. Second-round leader Wayne Levi took a 72 and shared second with Nick Price at 208. Levi rallied with a 7-iron second shot to within inches of the cup and converted for eagle 3 on the final hole.

Price shot 69 in the gusty winds that had players and spectators bundled in sweaters and foul-weather gear. Frost is possible today.


Dave Hill shot a bogey-free 64 for the lead in the Greater Grand Rapids (Mich.) Open at The Highlands. Hill, winless on the 1990 PGA Senior Tour, had seven birdies for a one-shot edge on 68-year-old Jack Fleck. Rain Friday cut the event to 36 holes.

Fleck is the second-oldest player on the tour (to Jerry Barber, 74). "This is the first time I've ever shot my age or better," said Fleck, who won the 1955 U.S. Open in a playoff with Ben Hogan. " . . . not bad for an 80s shooter."


Patty Sheehan turned the Safeco Classic into a runaway with a 66 for a 16-under-par 200 total and a 10-shot lead after 54 holes at Meridian Valley in Kent, Wash. Beth Daniel, leading money-winner on the tour and victorious in her last two tournaments, is at 77 -- 218.


Colin Montgomerie had 1-over-par 71 but kept the lead after three rounds of the Lancome Trophy in Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France. His 203 was one ahead of Jose-Maria Olazabal and Mark James.