Laura Davies figured if she could finish one stroke ahead of Juli Inkster, it probably would be good enough to win the du Maurier Classic. After a 3-under 69 yesterday, Davies is concerned only with herself.
Davies made birdie from the bunker on the 18th hole to build a two-shot lead over Canadian Dawn Coe-Jones going into the final round of the final major championship of the year.
"If I shoot the best round tomorrow, then obviously I win," said Davies, at 9-under 207 after three trips around Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club. "It's up to me to be aggressive."
Davies won the du Maurier in 1996, the only other time in its 26-year history it has been played in the province of Alberta.
Catriona Matthew of Scotland had a 72 and was at 210. Coe-Jones also shot a 72.
Inkster, trying to win her third straight major and get into the Hall of Fame, missed six birdie putts inside 10 feet and also missed a two-foot par putt. Inkster wound up with a 74 and was four strokes back at 211. It was the first time she was over par since April 25, a stretch of 27 rounds.
* PGA: Brent Geiberger overcame a bumpy front nine with a ferocious rally on the back, getting an ace and three birdies to go 15 under par and carry a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn.
Geiberger, who shared the second-day lead, shot a 66 and was 6 under for the day. His three-round score of 195 was a 54-hole course record and put him in a position to win his first PGA Tour title. He's never been closer than third after three rounds. Ted Tryba had the day's low round, a 62 that tied the course record, and was at 12 under.
Meanwhile, David Duval says he will play until to the end even if the tournament carries into Monday, when he is to play in a made-for-television match with Tiger Woods in California that night. Duval is 11 strokes off the lead and all but out of contention.
* SENIOR PGA: In Park City, Utah, Dave Eichelberger closed with an eagle and a birdie on the last two holes en route to a 9-under 63 and a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Utah Showdown.
Eichelberger, who three weeks ago won the U.S. Senior Open in Iowa, was at 15-under 129 after two rounds of the 54-hole event at Park Meadows Country Club. Tied for second were Hale Irwin, John Mahaffey and defending champion Gil Morgan, all at 12-under 132. Jack Nicklaus, playing his first competitive golf in more than a month as he recovers from hip replacement surgery, shot a 69 and was at 144.
* EUROPEAN PGA: Darren Clarke carded a spectacular 12-under 60 to charge into the third-round lead at the European Open in Dublin. He squandered two birdie chances at the last two holes to miss out on the first ever 59 on the PGA European Tour. The Ryder Cup star from Northern Ireland matched two tour records with eight birdies in a row and also a 12-birdie total in one round. His round at the K Club gave him a halfway score of 11-under-par 133, two shots ahead of Japan's Katsuyoshi Tomori.