John Cook stands within 18 holes of being all the way back.
Cook, who insists his comeback from career-threatening wrist surgery won't be complete until he wins again, took sole control of the lead yesterday in the third round of the Hawaiian Open in Honolulu.
"Winning would mean a lot -- another step, a very big step," Cook said after shooting 69 in blustery, gusty trade winds.
It put him at 17-under-par 199 for three rounds at Waialae Country Club, which played much tougher with the return of the breezes.
With one round to go in the chase for a $198,000 first prize, Cook led by two shots over Gil Morgan, who fired a last-hole eagle 3.
Morgan hit a 3-wood second shot to within three feet, converted and completed a 69 for his 201.
At least seven others had a shot at overtaking Cook, who missed most of the 1989 season with hand and wrist problems that threatened to end his career.
Dave Rummells and Chip Beck were three behind at 202, Rummells with a 65, best round of the day. Three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin saved some erratic play with spectacular putting and settled at 68 for a tie at 203 with Ed Humenik.
Marylander Fred Funk (71), Larry Mize (70) and Ed Dougherty (66) were at 204. Scott Simpson, who led or shared the lead through the first two rounds, went to 75 -- 205.
LPGA: Defending champion Patty Sheehan shot 70 to take a two-stroke lead at 4-under-par 138 after two rounds of the 54-hole Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay's Tryall course.
As first-round leader Sarah McGuire bogeyed the first four holes and slid back with a 76, Sheehan, Judy Dickinson (68 -- 140), Caroline Keggi (67 -- 141) and Shirley Furlong (70 -- 142) moved up.