Steve Pate has the lead at Torrey Pines, but Corey Pavin continues to hold the PGA Tour's hottest hand.

A stroke apart, they go into today's final round of the Shearson Lehman Brothers Open in San Diego with the same target -- a victory -- but different goals.

Pate, at 17-under-par 199 for 54 holes, seeks his first win since capturing the Shearson Lehman three years ago. Pavin is gunning for his second triumph in as many weeks.

Pavin was a runner-up at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am two weeks ago and comes off a playoff victory and record-setting scoring performance at the Bob Hope Classic.

"I've never played any better golf than I'm playing now," Pavin said after a bogey-free 65 put him at 200.

Pate, who shot 67, opened up as if he'd run away from the field. He dropped a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole and holed an 83-yard wedge shot for eagle 2 on No. 2.

"It was kind of a weird round," he said. "I'm pleased with with the 67, but I didn't birdie a single 5-par and I didn't get it close very much."

But he went in front alone with a sharply breaking 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.

And, in addition to Pavin, he'll be in the final group with Brad Faxon, "just like I was in '88," Pate said.

Faxon shot 67 and matched Pavin at 200. Jay Don Blake was at 67 -- 201.

Dan Forsman, the defending champion who was tied with Pate for the 36-hole lead, stayed close only on the strength of an eagle 3 on the final hole, for 69 -- 203.

Senior PGA: Dale Douglass's four-shot lead starting the day was cut to one by Lee Trevino and to two by three other rivals in the Aetna Challenge at the Vineyards in Naples, Fla. While Douglass managed a 71 for a 138 total, Trevino carded 68 for 139 and Simon Hobday (67), Jimmy Powell (68) and J.C. Snead (69) snuggled in at 140.

Australian Masters: Peter Senior birdied the 18th hole to share the third-round lead with Greg Norman at 11-under-par 208 on Melbourne's par-73 Huntington course.