Two-time champion Rosie Jones knows she's in a precarious position. She's in the lead at the Corning Classic in upstate New York.
"I'll try to go to bed thinking I'm not in front at all," said Jones, who heads into today's final round one stroke ahead of Kelli Kuehne with several others close behind. "Sometimes I play better thinking I'm down by one or two."
Jones, the local favorite whose playoff win over Tammie Green in 1997 gave her two straight Corning titles, is at 9 under after shooting a second straight 68 yesterday for a three-day total of 207.
Jean Bartholomew led until she double-bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 and dropped to 74 -- 211. Kathryn Marshall finished at 70 -- 209, followed by Hiromi Kobayashi (70) and former Corning champion Sherri Turner (71) another stroke back. Stefania Croce (71) and Denise Killeen (72) are tied with Bartholomew at 211.
Kuehne stayed close with a 70 after shooting 69s the first two rounds.
Four straight birdies on Nos. 5-8 pulled Jones even with Bartholomew. Jones parred the next nine holes and ignited the large gallery with a birdie on No. 17 before finishing the hot, dry day with a bogey.
SENIORS: Bruce Summerhays shot a 4-under-par 68 to maintain a one-stroke lead over four players after two rounds at the Boone Valley Classic in Augusta, Mo.
Frank Conner, who shot a record-tying 9-under 63, is tied for second with Kermit Zarley, Jim Dent and Tom Shaw.
Zarley and Shaw both had 66s. Dent, who was one stroke off the first-round lead, had a 70.
EUROPEAN PGA: Darren Clarke, who waited two hours on the 18th hole during a rain delay, had a 5-under 67 to hold a one-shot lead over Ernie Els after two rounds of the Volvo PGA in Virginia Water, England.
Twenty players who failed to finish the round because of the heavy thunderstorms will finish today.
Els celebrated the birth of his daughter by shooting a 67 to go with his opening-round 68. Fellow South African Retief Goosen is another shot back after a 69. He had an opening-round 67 on the 7,006-yard course.
Clarke, second on the European money list last season to six-time defending champion Colin Montgomerie, appears to have regained his touch after an early-season slump in which he fired coach Pete Cowen and sought advice from Tiger Woods's mentor, Butch Harmon.