* PGA: Notah Begay III, a tour rookie bidding for his first tournament victory, shot a course-record, 9-under-par 63 for a four-stroke lead in the inaugural $2.75 million Reno-Tahoe Open. Begay, a former teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford, began the day four strokes out of the lead. He surged to the front by making 10 birdies, bringing his three-day score at the 7,552-yard Montreux Golf and Country Club course to 14-under 202.

"I just rode the wave today basically," Begay said. "But today is an aberration. Today is not normal.

Tom Scherrer was four strokes back of Begay after a 3-under 69, and Craig Stadler and Brant Jobe were tied five strokes behind the leader.

* SENIOR PGA: Hale Irwin had a 1-under 71 in the gusting winds that came up at Richelieu Valley Golf Club and retained his one-stroke lead after three rounds of the $1.35 million Canadian Senior Open.

"I didn't play badly, I just didn't get the score I should have with how well I played," Irwin said after finishing 54 holes on the 6,705-yard course at 13-under 203, one stroke ahead of Jim Ahern.

Irwin's Senior PGA Tour record of 13 consecutive rounds in the 60s ended on a day when winds gusting above 30 mph cut the number of sub-70 rounds from 23 on Friday to only 11 in the third round.

Ahern, who got into the 78-man field through the qualifying tournament and is looking for his senior title, had a third-round 69.

"Someone said something this week about the course being too easy," Ahern joked. "Well, the golf course always catches up. There was a lot of cross winds. It was very difficult."

* LPGA: Dottie Pepper birdied three of the last five holes to shoot 2-under-par 70 and maintain a five-shot lead in the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing, Mich.

Karrie Webb, Kellie Kuehne, Rosie Jones, Donna Andrews and Beth Daniel were lumped at 11-under-par 205 over the 6,191-yard layout at Walnut Hills Country Club. Kuehne shot 67, the others 69 in the third round.

Pepper started the day with a five-stroke lead over rookie Laura Philo. But Philo, whose older brother, Ron Jr., dated Pepper in high school, looked uncomfortable playing for the first time with her childhood golfing idol. Philo shot 79 and fell out of contention at 214.